- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Amos 9
Five visions of God’s judgement, and a prophecy of restoration.
The fifth vision is the most dreadful, the Lord, standing by the altar, and demolishing of the threshold of the temple. This vision is the prophesy of the destruction of Israel. There is no hiding place from God. The corruption of the temple and priest resulted in the judgement of God, social and national disaster.
The doxology (vv 5-6) expresses that the Lord of nature and history is also the Creator.
Amos prophesies that Israel has no claim to special privilege in the moral realm, because God will destroy every sinful kingdom. At the same time Amos shows that Israel still had a future (v.8-9). Amos’ universalism of God’s judgement complements the doctrine of election; Israel was chosen by God.
The conclusion of prophesy by Amos is the restoration of Israel and Davidic dynasty. (vv11-15). He foretells the revival of the fallen Davidic dynasty and sees it ruling again over other nation and the glories age to come, which is a common hope in later times, “in that day,” (v.11).
The full spectrum of Amos’ prophecy contains both judgement and salvation. There are always the graceful hands of God to save the remnants amidst of God’s judgement.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?