Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
Amos 3-5 talks about how the Israelites have turned from God. They had still been offering sacrifices to God but they did not offer justice for the poor or act righteously. Therefore, God hates their worship. The Israelites were also worshipping other gods. God had even sent his prophets to the Israelites, to warn them what was going to happen if they did not repent. The Lord declared that the Day of the Lord was coming and it will not be a happy event; it will be full of darkness and they will be conquered and sent into exile.
What is one key verse?
“‘You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins.“
How does what you read change your vision of God?
Even though the Israelites were offering sacrifices, God did not accept them because they were not taking care of the poor and treating others equally. I have a better understanding that God doesn’t just want us to participate in church, but to actually take care of others, while putting God first.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
I have a better understanding about how I can be like the Israelites. They sinned over and over; yet, God still loved them and wanted them to turn to him. Just like the Israelites were supposed to take care of their own that were in need, God wants us to take care of the those in need too.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I will be able to remember my shortcomings before God and be more thankful to Jesus for covering my sins with his blood. I will also be remembering to take care of others more and not just think of myself or my family.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
I see Jesus in these verses through how much God was willing to put the Israelites through, just to try and help them come back to them. He was even willing to let his son die on the cross for us, to allow us to come to him.