Who is a prophet?
In our time it is easy to see prophets as social reformers, but first and foremost a prophet is a man of God. He is a religious visionary, an innovator, an original thinker; who impresses his own new moral insights on society, arriving at fresh ideas about religion. As such a prophet’s criticisms is felt to have a force and authority that cannot be matched by any known institution on earth.
Last week we delved into two of Amos’ teaching: social and economic justice, and obedience and total loyalty to God – not sacrifices.
Pressing on, today I’ll be treating his monotheistic view. For Amos, the other gods did not even get an audience – Yahweh is sovereign!
If time permits, I will explore his visions (5 in total), and his intercessory dialogue. Questions include: when did the visions occur? Is Amos’ writing in chronological order?
However the most valuable questions are these: what is Amos’ message? How can we apply it in our lives and our relationship with God?
So, join us!
The English Room, Bexleyheath Academy
2016: Our Season of Plenty
(Gen. 41: 46-52)