The book of Amos is small but mighty. You might be surprised to learn that this minor prophet has quite possibly had the greatest impact of any Old Testament book on our modern society. Amos was the inspiration behind the ministry of Martin Luther King Jr. because of it’s clarion call that “God is a God that demands justice rather than sacrifice; righteousness rather than ritual." (Notes on the Old Testament, MLK)
As we walk through the book of Amos we will discover:
- That God opposes injustice
- That God opposes idolatry
- That God is a righteous judge
- That religion will not save us from God’s justice
- That God wants us to repent from injustice and idolatry and return to Him.
- That the cross of Christ has infinite worth and value because it assuages God’s wrath.
Amos, written by the prophet himself sometime around 750 BC, and addressed to Israel, has a deep and abiding relevance for us today. Though we are separated by millennia, we will discover that we have much in common with his original audience. As we journey through this book, we hope to see the majesty of God in his opposition towards sin, and treasure even more the work of Jesus on our behalf.