Date: 01/01/2018 Issue Number: 354
In Amos 3:3-6 Amos asks a series of rhetorical questions whose answers are obvious and need not be answered. His first question in verse 3 is, “Do two men go out to meet each other without first making an appointment?” The answer is obvious. NO.
Verse 4 asks two more rhetorical questions:
4 Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Does a young lion growl from his den unless he has captured something?
No, lions are silent when they get hungry, because if they roar in the forest, they scare …
Date: 12/01/2017 Issue Number: 353
Amos’ indictment against the House of Israel came after first indicting Israel’s neighbors, including Judah. Hence, the audience could not accuse Amos of being partial or of singling out Israel. The message was that Israel was just as bad as her neighbors, and that God would not overlook her sin and rebellion.
God then appealed history, where He had taken the land from the Amorites and had given it to Israel on account of the sin of the Amorites. Amos 2:9, 10 says,
9 Yet it was I who d…
Date: 11/01/2017 Issue Number: 352
After proclaiming judgment against Israel’s neighboring nations—which, no doubt, all the people applauded—Amos 2:4, 5 then prophesies against Judah, saying,
4 Thus says the Lord, “For three transgressions of Judah and for four, I will not revoke its punish-ment, because they rejected the law of the Lord and have not kept His statutes; their lies also have led them astray, those after which their fathers walked. 5 So I will send fire upon Judah, and it will consume the citadels of Jerusalem.…
Date: 10/01/2017 Issue Number: 351
Amos 1:9, 10 prophesies against Tyre, saying,
9 Thus says the Lord, “For three transgressions of Tyre and for four, I will not revoke its punishment, because they delivered up an entire population to Edom and did not remember the covenant of brotherhood. 10 So I will send fire upon the wall of Tyre, and it will consume her citadels.”
The cause for divine judgment is the same as we saw earlier with Gaza, the Philistine city (Amos 1:6). Just as Gaza had engaged in slave traffic in the south, so also…
Date: 09/01/2017 Issue Number: 350
Amos 1:2 introduces his message to Israel, saying,
2 And he said, “The Lord roars from Zion, and from Jerusalem He utters His voice; and the shepherds’ pasture grounds mourn, and the summit of Carmel dries up.”
This establishes that Yahweh is the source of his revelation. In this case it is the voice of divine judgment “from Zion and from Jerusalem,” the place where He had placed His name at that time. The roaring depicts Yahweh as a lion.
It is known that when lions roar, it is too…
Date: 08/01/2017 Issue Number: 349
Bible scholars often link Amos with Hosea, because they were contemporaries, and both of them were missionaries from Judah to Israel. Hosea prophesied during the reign of Uzziah, king of Judah, and Jeroboam II, king of Israel (Hos. 1:1). Amos prophesied “in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam, son of Joash, king of Israel” (Amos 1:1).
Uzziah is also known as Azariah.
2 Kings 15:1 says,
1 In the twenty-seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Azariah son of Amaziah king of Ju…
Date: 07/01/2017 Issue Number: 348
The people of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah. Judgment upon the city was averted, and the prophet was angry with God for saving His enemies.
His anger stemmed from his pride that was pricked, because he had put his reputation on the line. He had openly predicted the fall of Nineveh in forty days—a message in which he, as an Israelite nationalist, took some delight—and then his prophecy seemed to fail. No doubt this embarrassed Jonah, for to those who did not understand the ways of God, it m…
Date: 06/01/2017 Issue Number: 347
After Jonah’s deliverance from the great fish, God called him a second time. Jonah 3:1, 2 says,
1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and proclaim to it the proclamation which I am going to tell you.”
This begins the word that prophesies about the second work of Christ, which is relevant after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. On a personal level, it relates directly to the second dove in Lev. 14:4 and the second goat in L…
Date: 05/01/2017 Issue Number: 346
When Jonah was cast into the sea—at his insistence—it represented more than the death of Christ. It also prophesied of the rejection of Christ, that is, being “cast out.” We cannot separate His rejection from His death, because without being rejected, they never would have crucified Him. His death was necessary to solve the problem of the troubled sea of humanity and the divine judgment.
Furthermore, the crew then “offered sacrifice to the Lord and made vows” (Jonah 1:16), and t…
Date: 04/01/2017 Issue Number: 345
As we saw in Part 2, the ship’s captain cast lots to see who had caused the great storm that threatened to sink the ship. When the lot revealed that Jonah was the problem, we read in Jonah 1:8,
8 Then they said to him [Jonah], “Tell us, now! On whose account has this calamity struck us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?”
It appears that many of the sailors were asking questions. Verse 9 gives us only a partial answer from Jonah:
Date: 03/01/2017 Issue Number: 344
Jonah was called to preach the word of warning to the city of Nineveh, but he ran in the opposite direction. He knew that God was compassionate and suspected that the city might repent and be spared. He did not want the city to be spared, because he knew that the Assyrians would eventually conquer Israel.
While on the ship to Tarshish (Spain), God sent a storm that threatened to sink the ship. Jonah 1:7 then says,
7 And each man said to his mate, “Come, let us cast lots so we may learn on whose account this…
Date: 02/01/2017 Issue Number: 343
The prophet Jonah is perhaps the most complex of all the biblical prophets. His prophecies—and he himself—can be viewed on multiple levels. He is a prophetic type of Israel, of the Church, and of Christ in both of His comings on earth.
Jonah might be compared to Isaiah in that his revelation of the death of Christ is clearly set forth, even as seen in Isaiah 53. The difference is that Jonah’s name means dove, and so he fulfills the prophecy in the law of cleansing lepers in Lev. 14, whereas Isaia…