Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
Amos chapter 8 continues with Amos’s visions of the coming day of the Lord. It starts with Israel being compared to a basket of summer fruit and then the Lord telling Amos how the end has come upon Israel (just as the summer basket of fruit is becoming overripe because the season is over). The people were not caring for the poor and needy among them but were only caring for themselves. God says he will bring judgement.
Amos chapter 9 continues with the judgement of Israel. God says that he will find the Isrealites, that they cannot hide from him anywhere… He will find them and bring destruction. However, at the end of chapter 9 there is hope! God says that he will raise up what has fallen, and that he will rebuild the ruins and restore his people Israel.
What is one key verse?
Amos 9:14 “I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit.”
How does what you read change your vision of God?
Amos reminds me how powerful and perfect God is. God can bring judgement while simultaneously being merciful and loving… all of his actions are perfect.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
No matter what sin entangles me, I can always repent and be rebuilt with God. Our lowest points in life can be the beginning of something great when we put our faith, trust, and hope in God.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
To be more self-aware. Consider what sins are dragging me down and confess and repent! Ask others what they see in my character so I can seek to change… why wait to be destroyed?
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
Just how God showed Amos that his judgement was coming, Jesus went from place to place teaching about God and sent his disciples out to preach to others that they should repent (Mark 6:12).