Last week we examined who a prophet was in Amos’ time, in contrast to our time.
I noted that 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 criticism is felt to have a force and authority that cannot be matched by any known institution on earth.
Hence the testimony of Moses: “Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.” – (Exodus 33:11a)
And much later, Amos:
“Surely the Lord God does nothing, without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.” – (Amos 3:7)
With this as a backdrop, we pressed on to Amos’ ideas of God. For Amos, for example, other gods did not even get an audience – Yahweh is sovereign!
Therefore this week 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?
But perhaps the most valuable questions are: 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