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Amos

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Amos 1-2

     1.  How does 1:2 set the tone for Amos's message?


     2.  Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, Ammon and Moab all represented enemies of Israel. How would the Israelites feel as they heard prophecies against these nations (1:3—2:3)?


     3.  What kinds of sin do these nations have in common (1:3—2:3)?


     4.  How are Judah's sins different from those of the other nations (2:4-5)?


     5.  Amos cites a variety of sins of which Israel is guilty (2:6-8, 12). How would you categorize their sins?


     6.  How are Israel's sins all the more serious in light of their history (2:9-11)?


     7.  How can Amos's warnings to Israel keep us from being presumptuous about our status as God's children?



Amos 3

     1.  The Israelites were confident that Yahweh was their God and they were his chosen people. But how had they misunderstood that call (vv. 1-2)?


     2.  In verses 3-6 Amos asks several rhetorical questions. How would you summarize what he is trying to say in these verses?


     3.  What do verses 9-10 say about Israel's morality and lifestyle in comparison with the pagan nations?


     4.  How would the Lord's judgment against Israel fit their crimes (vv. 10-11, 15)?


     5.  This passage tells us that privilege brings responsibility. How is that true for me?



Amos 4

     1.  How does the lifestyle of those in Israel contrast with the judgment the Lord swears to bring upon them (vv. 2-3)?


     2.  Bethel and Gilgal were centers of worship for the northern kingdom (1Ki 12:26-33; Hos 4:15). How can worshipping the Lord be sinful (vv. 4-5)?


     3.  What words would you use to describe each of the judgments the Lord brought on Israel (vv. 6-11)?


     4.  Amos proclaims to Israel, "Prepare to meet your God" (v. 12). In light of this chapter, what kind of "meeting" could Israel expect this to be?


     5. The chapter closes with a brief hymn describing the God Israel would meet in judgment (v. 13). What do we learn about God from each aspect of Amos's description?



Amos 5-6

     1.  A lament (5:1) was a song or poem mourning someone's death. How does Amos portray the death of Israel (5:2)?


     2.  What has Israel done to deserve the Lord's judgment (5:7, 10, 11, 12)?


     3.  The Lord pleads with Israel in verses 4, 6, 14 and 15. In this context, what would it mean for Israel to seek the Lord?


     4.  How were the Israelites mistaken about the day of the Lord (5:18-20)?


     5.  How does Amos portray the Israelites in 6:1-6?


     6.  How does the Lord promise to repay those who are complacent and proud (6:7-14)?


     7.  In their complacency and security, Israel failed to grieve over the ruin of their nation (5:6). Think about what ought to grieve us today in our personal lives?


     8.  What grieves you about the church? The nation?



Amos 7-8

     1.  What three visions of judgment does the Lord show Amos (7:1, 4, 7)?


     2. Why does the Lord "relent" regarding the first two visions (7:1-6)?


     3.  Even though we can freely read the Bible, how does "famine" evidence itself among God's people?


     4.  How can the Lord's response to Amos's prayers (7:6) motivate us to pray for the church and our nation?


     5.  How can Amos's response to Amaziah (7:10-17) be an example to us when we are tempted to compromise truth?


     6.  How does Amos describe the lifestyle of those who are ripe for judgment (8:4-6)?


     7.  How does he describe the "harvest" they will experience (8:3-14)?



Amos 9

     1.  How does Amos describe the fate of those who try to escape (vv. 1-4)?


     2.  Why might the Israelites be shocked by verse 7 and the first part of verse 8?


     3.  What glimmer of hope does Amos offer the house of Jacob (vv. 8-10)?


     4.  How can this portrait of God give us hope even when things seem hopeless?