Amos 1:1 (NKJV) 1 The words of Amos, who was among the sheepbreeders of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
Amos was a poor country boy. He had a relationship with the Lord. It was through this man, God spoke of the coming judgment to the divided Kingdom of Israel. The Lord has the authority to chose whomever he desires to bring His message to the people.
People put their trust in their prosperity and accumulation rather than the Lord. The people had a reverse “Robin Hood” mentality, rob from the poor so they could be rich. They played church, but the Lord saw through the religiosity. The people only went to church to show off how much they would give to the House of the Lord. They had no respect for the true message and the messengers the Lord sent. As long as someone at the Temple told them “pleasant things” and did not offend them, they felt justified and would keep the church bankrolled. When Amos told them the truth and what was to come, they balked and had no respect for the prophet of the Lord.
Amos hearing from the Lord would give great detail to everyone’s sins and would deliver the judgment based result. Yet, the Lord always provides a way for the people to come back to Him, “Seek Me and Live.” God was attempting to make the point of the people having a relationship with Him rather than based only on rituals.
The book of Amos carries a strong message for those in his time and even in our time. Our nation has played “keeping up with the Joneses” via the “American Dream” of prosperity. The poor in America have been kept poor by keeping them in perpetual social unfair status via poorly ran government programs, keeping the poor in a never ending cycle of high interest payday loans, and the pure meanness of worldly people. Worldly people may feel the need to have “religion” but without Jesus. Just as long as they can find a religious center that tells them what they want to hear, they will throw cash to the religious center to provide false sense of spiritual security.(Modern day analogy: Buying their way into Heaven.)
Our country will face the same consequences as the people of Amos’s time. Judgment will fall on our country can derive from many possibilities. (economically, outside military attack, more increasingly major natural disasters, and the list could go on.)
The Lord is looking for ordinary men and women with a love for the Lord and a love for people to deliver His Word to our nation so spiritually sick the nation’s people do not realize they are spiritually sick. The nation need to be told unless they repent and put their faith in Jesus. Also, Christian believers need to continue setting the example for our nation in caring for the less fortunate. If the rich may not listen to God’s Word maybe through the ministering to the “least of these” a people will be brought to faith and repentance.