Study Guide

The Twelve Minor Prophets Amos Chapters 1-2

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Amos Chapters 1-2

One, Two, Three, Many

  • The book begins with a series of prophetic oracles against neighboring counties, culminating to a twist worthy of M. Night Shyamalan.
  • The oracles start with the phrase “for three transgressions and for four,” which is another way of saying that these people are bad, really really bad.
  • Amos condemns six foreign nations for pursuing wealth, land and power with no regard for the individuals they hurt along the way.
  • These nations are getting the wrath of God because of how they treated their neighbors and brothers—typically slaughtering and burning them.
  • You can almost hear the people of Israel and Judah cheering in the background as God promises to wipe these evildoers off the map.
  • Then, the trick ending: God condemns Judah and Israel for doing the same thing. Uh oh.
  • Judah has spurned God’s teaching and followed the deluded ideas of their fathers, i.e. idol worship.
  • Jerusalem will be burned to the ground as punishment.
  • Israel isn’t off the hook either. Their top ten sins include oppressing the poor and needy, worshipping any god they come across, getting drunk in the temple, and fornicating.
  • As usual, God brings up the fact that he brought Israel out of the land of Egypt and he’s still not appreciated.

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