Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
Israel is living like fat cats. They are complacent and sinful and the prophet Amos is warning them that this will not end well. He tells them to look to other nations and see the ruin. Do they think the same thing will not happen to them? There is mention of Locust devouring their wealth but God had relented. God will not continue to relent and show mercy. Amos’s preaching is not adhered to and the priest Amaziah and the king tell him to leave. Amos can’t leave. He has been sent by God to preach destruction.
What is one key verse?:
Amos 6:6 “You drink wine by the bowlful and use the finest lotions, but you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.”
I see this today. 1: I see MANY people who drink too much alcohol and think it’s okay. 2. God’s church appears to be struggling but many people are more concerned about their jobs, hobbies, comforts and politics. Who bleeds for God’s church?
How does what you read change your vision of God?
It doesn’t. It reminds me that we reap what we sow. Galatians 6. God has always been consistent. If we choose to live sinful lives we don’t always feel the effects immediately but the destruction of sin to our lives will come.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
Sin is serious. Sin that is not dealt with will ruin us. As the years go by we will see sin ruin individuals, families and churches if we don’t repent.
How will you Go With God because of this reading?: (What is an action step?)
I’m trying to develop the courage to point out sin where I see it. I’m trying to make sure there is no plank in my own eye. I’m praying that people will be humble and grateful. I’m ignoring people who think I’m too blunt
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters?: (What made you think about Jesus?)
Jesus spoke the truth so plainly and so courageously.