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Amos 0002 - Lesson 4

Chapter 7

The Man of God in Times of Judgment

  1. A VISION OF GRASSHOPPERS (Amos 7:1-3)
    1. The Judgment of God (Amos 7:1-2)
      1. The Lord formed grasshoppers (Amos 7:1).
        1. In the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth
        2. The latter growth was after the king’s mowings.
        3. A king’s daily portion can be seen in 1 Kings 4:20-24.
      2. The grasshoppers ate the grass of the land (Amos 7:2).
      3. This would have greatly reduced their food supply.
    2. The Intercession of Amos (Amos 7:2)
      1. Amos pleads for forgiveness.
      2. Amos pleads because of the weakness of Israel.
    3. The Repentance of God (Amos 7:3)
      1. The Lord hears the plea of Amos and reverses His decision.
      2. The Lord is not saying, “It never shall be,” but that right now, “It shall not be.”
      3. This is a good location to demonstrate that repentance does not always mean turning from sin unto righteousness.
  2. A VISION OF FIRE (Amos 7:4-6)
    1. The Judgment of God (Amos 7:4)
      1. The Lord called to contend by fire.
      2. The fire devoured the great deep and did eat up a part.
      3. Though some teach that this is the water above the atmosphere, it is almost certainly connected here with the bodies of water on the earth.
      4. This would have greatly reduced their water supply.
    2. The Intercession of Amos (Amos 7:5)
      1. Amos pleads for the Lord to stop.
      2. Amos pleads because of the weakness of Israel.
    3. The Repentance of God (Amos 7:6)
      1. The Lord hears the plea of Amos and reverses His decision.
      2. The Lord is not saying, “It never shall be,” but that right now, it “shall not be.”
  3. A VISION OF A PLUMBLINE (Amos 7:7-9)
    1. The Judgment of God (Amos 7:7-9)
      1. The wall and the plumbline (Amos 7:7)
        1. The Lord stood upon the wall.
          1. A plumbline is used from the top to the bottom.
          2. The Lord standing on the wall demonstrates that He is going to check the wall for straightness.
        2. The wall had been made by a plumbline.
          1. When this wall was created it was created using a plumbline.
          2. This means that in its creation it was perfect.
        3. The Lord had a plumbline in His hand to check the condition of the wall.
      2. The judgment of the plumbline (Amos 7:8-9)
        1. A plumbline will be set in the midst of the people (Amos 7:8).
        2. The Lord will not pass by them any more (Amos 7:8).
        3. The high places of Isaac shall be desolate (Amos 7:9).
        4. The sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste (Amos 7:9).
        5. The Lord will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword (Amos 7:9).
    2. No Intercession by Amos
      1. The first two times the Lord shows judgment to Amos, he immediately begins to intercede for the people.
      2. This time, for whatever reason, Amos does not go to God on behalf of the people.
      3. Perhaps the interruption of Amaziah refrained the intercession of Amos.
    3. No Repentance by God
      1. The first two times the Lord changes His mind based on the intercession of Amos.
      2. This time we read nothing of God repenting, which leads us to believe that it is a done deal.
  4. TROUBLE FROM AMAZIAH (Amos 7:10-13)
    1. Amaziah Stirs Up the King (Amos 7:10-11).
      1. Amaziah sent a message to Jeroboam (Amos 7:10).
      2. Amaziah tells Jeroboam that Amos has conspired against him (Amos 7:10).
      3. Amaziah tells Jeroboam of Amos’s words (Amos 7:11).
        1. Jeroboam shall die by the sword.
        2. Israel shall be led away captive out of their own land.
      4. This has always been one of the first steps to silence the truth of God’s word.
        1. Haman took this step in order to get rid of Mordecai (Esther 3:8-10).
        2. This was a step to get rid of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3:1-13).
        3. This was a step to get rid of Daniel (Daniel 6:1-10).
        4. This was a step used by the religious leaders to get rid of Christ (Matthew 27:11-13).
        5. This was a step used to get rid of Paul (Acts 26:1-3).
        6. This is a method employed by Satan before the presence of God (Revelation 12:10).
        7. Should it surprise us if this is the method employed to try to silence the truth in our day? (Matthew 10:16-21)
    2. Amaziah Stands against Amos (Amos 7:12-13).
      1. Amaziah tries to send Amos packing (Amos 7:12).
        1. Amaziah tells Amos to go to the land of Judah.
        2. Amaziah tells Amos to make a living and prophesy in Judah.
      2. Amaziah threatens Amos about prophesying (Amos 7:13).
        1. Amos is not to prophesy anymore at Bethel.
        2. Bethel is the king’s chapel and the king’s court.
  5. THE BOLDNESS OF AMOS (Amos 7:14-17)
    1. The Assurance of Amos’s Call (Amos 7:14-15)
      1. Amos’s past (Amos 7:14)
        1. He was not
          1. A prophet
          2. The son of a prophet
        2. He was
          1. A herdman
          2. A gatherer of sycamore fruit
      2. Amos’s call (Amos 7:15)
        1. The Lord took me as I followed the flock.
        2. The Lord said unto me, Go.
        3. The Lord said unto me, prophesy unto my people Israel.
    2. The Fulfillment of Amos’s Call (Amos 7:16-17)
      1. The words of Amos (Amos 7:16)
        1. Hear the word of the Lord.
        2. Hear it now.
      2. The words of Amaziah (Amos 7:16)
        1. Prophesy not against Israel.
        2. Drop not thy word against the house of Isaac.
      3. The words of God (Amos 7:17)
        1. Therefore signifies that God’s words are based on Amaziah’s words.
        2. Against the family of Amaziah
          1. Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city.
          2. Thy sons and daughters shall fall by the sword.
        3. Against the land
          1. The land shall be divided.
          2. The land shall be polluted.
        4. Against Amaziah – “thou shalt die.”
        5. Against Israel – “Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.”
Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 2:5

Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.