Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
In these chapters Amos declares God’s judgment on the nations around Israel and eventually Israel itself. God has major issues with the idolatry and injustice taking place in the whole region and he is pulling no punches letting them know their punishment for their evil behavior is coming.
What is one key verse?
Amos 1:2 “He said: ‘The LORD roars from Zion and thunders from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds dry up, and the top of Carmel withers.’”
How does what you read change your vision of God?
When God decides it is time for his wrath to be poured out, he doesn’t mess around. He will not tolerate wicked behavior and the oppression of vulnerable people. It’s a terrible thing to fall under the wrath of God!
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
I definitely do not want to be on the receiving end of God’s wrath. I need to make sure every day I am fighting for the souls of the harassed and helpless around me.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I need to make sure I am confessing and repenting of sin, forgiving others as well, so I am always covered by the blood of Jesus.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
The blood of Christ is literally the only thing standing between God and my complete and utter destruction. I am totally hopeless without him. Like all the nations listed in Amos 1-2, I have sinned greatly and deserve to be annihilated. Thanks be to Jesus who took my punishment for me and gave me a chance to know God!!!