Amos is not a popular book of the Bible. Amos was not a popular guy. Repentance is also not popular when one considers that true Christianity is no longer popular in America. So what a great, lighthearted topic to talk about it, huh?
Our four-week worship series is looking at this important minor prophet who had a short-lived ministry sometime around 760-750 BC as a wake up call to those of us who take our faith seriously in the midst of a comfortable, self-centered, self-reliant life. We don’t often take seriously the disease, the poison and – like ancient Israel – the syncretism that seeps into our lives, little by little, drop by drop.
“Seek me!” YHWH says through Amos to us. We might also hear echoes of that much more popular message from Jesus in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the Kingdom of God” (my emphasis). Amos draws a clear image for King Jeroboam II and the High Priest Amaziah of the destructive results that come from rejecting the mercies of the Almighty.
But there is hope! YHWH reveals more of God’s nature through Amos. God is just and righteous, but He is also compassionate and merciful. That’s a tough combo to pull off! And through engaging with these difficult Scriptures, the Holy Spirit will help us to learn more about our Creator and learn more about those places in our lives that are not “level” or “plumb” with what God wants from us. The great news is that Christ Jesus came to make the crooked places in our world straight, the rough places in our life level and our broken hearts whole.
I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.Amos 5:24 (NLT)
Come and experience for yourself how God might use this little-known book to help you seek Him and grow in your faith. See you Sunday!