God will restore Israel after their judgment. They will be brought back after exile and rebuild the citeis, never to be uprooted again.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 13, Day 5: Amos 9:11-15
13a)“I will restore David’s fallen shelter—I will repair its broken walls and will rebuild it as it used to be. The land will be fruitful again and the people will come back from exile. “They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit.I will plant Israel in their own land,never again to be uprooted”
b) verse 12
14a) God will restore his people and Christ will return and help rebuild the fallen city.
b) Jesus comes to give life to the fullest (John 10:10). He will give us eternal life and no one will snatch us out of his hand (John 10:28-29). I have hope that eternal life is right around the corner.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 13, Day 5: Amos 9:11-15
Out of all the gloom and doom, we finally have hope!
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 13, Day 5: Amos 9:11-15
The tabernacle of David refers to Jesus. God will repair the ruins. Note that the Gentiles are included here, which James quotes at the Council of Jerusalem.
God will restore his people to prosperity in him and never remove them from his land again.
The Lord prepared judgments against Israel (locusts, fire, and a plumb line) but Amos asked the Lord to forgive, and He did. Amaziah, a priest of Bethel, tried to kick Amos out of Israel and send him back to Judah, so he would quit prophesying there. Amos told him God sent him to Israel to say they will be exiled from their native land.
The Lord told Amos he will spare his people no longer, as he sees a vision of a basket of ripe fruit and the Lord standing by the altar.
God will kill all of the sinners amongst his people. No one will escape.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 13, Day 4: Amos 7:1-9:10
7:1-3: Amos saw locusts, but asked the Lord to relent against Israel, and he did.
7:4-6: Amos saw fire, but asked the Lord to relent against Israel, and he did.
7:7-9: Amos saw a plumb line, but asked the Lord to relent against Israel, and he did.
8:1-3: Amos saw a basket of ripe fruit, but the Lord will spare his people no longer.
9:1-10: Amos saw the Lord standing by an altar, and God will kill all of the sinners amongst his people. No one will escape.
11) Amos faithfully obeyed the Lord’s calling to prophesy against Israel.
12a) God gives everyone plenty of chances to turn to him, but he’ll judge at the end. People never change; they are sinners at heart.
b) I should always be looking for God and turning to him.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 13, Day 4: Amos 7:1-9:10
Gloom and doom here. The people sin; God judges. This is the entire story of the Old Testament (and the New Testament) except that God gives us Jesus to save us.
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 13, Day 4: Amos 7:1-9:10
Amos 7: Amos sees the judgment of Israel with locusts, fire, and a plumb line. Prayer is powerful, as Amos saves the people here. A plumb line helps to build straight walls. God’s people must be straight against His standards.
Bethel was the center of Israel’s idolatry, and Amos was faithful in delivering God’s warnings to His people.
Amos 8: The ripe fruit has turned sour. Israel is dishonest and cheats the poor, so God will judge.
Amos talks about the famine of not hearing God’s word. God grants us the ability to hear his word and to benefit by it.
More pronouncements of judgment against Israel and how they will be punished for their sins. An enemy will overrun Israel, and the foreign altars will be destroyed. But a remnant would be preserved.
SUMMARY OF AMOS 4
Israel has been warned, yet they still continue to sin.
SUMMARY OF AMOS 5
God warns his people to seek him and live or they will perish.
SUMMARY OF AMOS 6
God warns those who are complacent and says they will among the first to go into exile. The cries against the pride of Israel. He says a nation will oppress them as punishment.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 13, Day 3: Amos 3-6
5a) The Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to the prophets. God has spoken just like the lion has roared, the bird has swooped, and the trumpets have sounded. Disasters the Lord has caused.
b) Because the people have sinned and turned away from God, God sent prophets to warn his people of his judgment if they don’t turn back to him. Israel needs to turn back or they will be judged.
6) The sins are how Israel does not do right and they plunder and they loot. The consequences are that an enemy will overrun the land and plunder them. The Israelites living in Samaria will be rescued. The altars of Bethel and houses will be destroyed when Israel is punished for her sins. The women will be taken away and cast out. God punished them periodically such as with little rain and food, but still they did not return to him. God sent plagues and killed young men with no one returning to him.
7a) “Yet you have not returned to me.” Amos 4:6; 8; 9; 10; 11 God gives his people chances to repent before he judges them.
b) Any type of calamity, whether a natural disaster or a personal disaster.
4:12: “Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel, and because I will do this to you, Israel, prepare to meet your God.” If you sin, you will suffer the consequences.
5:4: “Seek me and live.” God is a God of second chances. He gives life to those who seek him.
5:14: “Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.” Be good, and God will be with you.
5:15: “Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.” Do good, and the Lord will have mercy.
5:18: “Woe to those who long for the day of the Lord.” You should live each day as if the day of the Lord is here, but most of us don’t because the day of the Lord brings judgment, so we should be prepared.
6:1: “Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria, you notable men of the foremost nation, to whom the people of Israel come.” This is an indulgent ease for comfort and luxury. It is easy to get comfortable and complacent in life, but we must always be seeking God and His ways.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 13, Day 3: Amos 3-6
Long reading with lots of warnings here. At the end of the day, God just wants us to choose Him.
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 13, Day 3: Amos 3-6
Amos 3: Israel rejected God despite the privileges they had of being with him. Thus, God enacts judgment.
God revealed to the prophets the judgment so people would turn to him. Israel would be overrun by Assyria in less than 30 years after Amos prophesied.
Amos 4: Bashan was known for its cattle.
Women of Israel indulged, so God would judge them. Their sacrifices were in vain. God would judge by withholding rain. He would send a plague. They would meet him.
Amos 5: God invites his people to seek him once again. He will save, but he will also judge.
Because they treated each other terribly, they would be judged. There would be wailing and woe on judgment day. Their sins would end in captivity.
Amos 6: Those who are comfortable should take heart as woe is coming. Those who are high-standing will be brought low. Israel will be destroyed.
Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa, a prophet, pronounces judgment on Israel and their neighbors, Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, and Ammon. God will destroy Israel’s neighbors and dry up their fields.
SUMMARY OF AMOS 2
Amos pronounces judgment on Moab and Judah. Judah is because they have rejected God’s laws and decrees and been led astray by false gods. The Lord will judge Israel for how they treat the poor and do not honor him.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 13, Day 2: Amos 1-2
3a) Israel, Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, Ammon, Moab, Judah
b) The foreign nations took slaves and fought one another. For Israel and Judah, because they turned from God and worshipped other gods.
c) The other nations’ sins centered around cruelty to other nations and crimes against humanity, as well as crimes against God’s people. Israel and Judah turned from God and His ways.
4a) It’s everywhere. Sin against others. Cruelty to others. Murder, rape, assault, you name it. And, people everywhere are turning from God, including His people.
b) To turn towards him, not away from him.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 13, Day 2: Amos 1-2
Lots of judgments here. Great reminder that God is just, and we will all be held accountable for our actions once we reach heaven.
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 13, Day 2: Amos 1-2
Fun fact: Amos the prophet is only mentioned in this book, not in any other books of the Bible.
Amos means “burden,” and Amos was definitely burdened as he was the bearer of bad news for all.
Amos was a farmer and not of the school of prophets. He was a live during Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, which would be between 760 B.C. and 750 B.C.
Remember, the kingdom of Judah to the south had good kings. The kingdom of Israel to the north had nothing but bad kings.
Here, Assyria had defeated Israel’s enemy, Syria, so Israel was prosperous.
Amos pronouces judgment on nations for sin upon sin.
Israel was judged because they disobeyed God.
Damascus was judged for coming against God’s people.
Gaza was judged because they came against God’s people.
Tyre was judged because they sinned against God’s people.
Edom was judged because they attacked Judah.
Ammon was judged because they attacked Israel.
Moab was judged because of their cruelty to Edom.
Judah was judged because they despised and disobeyed God’s laws.
Fire expresses judgment in the New Testament, but it also can be a purifying of the spirit with fire.
Israel took advantage of the poor. There was sexual immorality. There was idolatry.
God’s people were now a burden to him. They would not succeed without His strength.