OCTOBER 15, 2014
AUTHOR: Amos, a shepherd from Tekoa, near Bethlehem
DATE: Approximately the 760s BC.
IN TEN WORDS OR LESS: Real religion isn’t just ritual but treating people with justice.
DETAILS: An average guy-a lowly shepherd, actually-takes on the rich and powerful of Israelite society, condemning their idol worship, persecution of God’s prophets, and cheating of the poor. Through God once rescued the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt, He is ready to send them into new bondage because of their sin. Amos sees visions that picture Israel’s plight: a plumb line, indicating the people are not measuring up to God’s standards, and a basket of ripe fruit, showing the nation is ripe for God’s judgment.
UNIQUE AND UNUSUAL: A native of the southern Jewish kingdom of Judah, Amos was directed by God to prophesy in the northern Jewish nation of Israel.
SO WHAT?: How are you treating the people around you? In God’s eyes, that’s an indicator of your true spiritual condition. For a New Testament perspective, see James 2:14-18.