Was the prophet Amos a prophet of doom? We shall find an answer to this question by the time we are through with this tutorial.
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Our other reference question for this post is:
DISCUSS THE MESSAGE OF THE PROPHET AMOS
IN WHAT THREE WAYS CAN SOCIAL JUSTICE BE PROMOTED IN YOUR COUNTRY?
A. EXPLAIN THE MESSAGE OF THE PROPHET AMOS
B. WHAT THREE MORAL LESSONS CAN BE DRAWN FROM AMOS’S PROPHECY?
The tutorial for this lesson gives you the most important points to mention in an essay on the message of Amos the prophet in the bible.
Let’s begin with the message of the prophet Amos. After that, we shall take a quick look at how social justice can be promoted in society.
This second part of our answer to the question on the message of the prophet Amos will take care of the moral lessons that Christians can learn from the message of Amos the prophet.
Message of prophet Amos
Prophet Amos was a shepherd from Tekoa, near Jerusalem.
He prophesied at the time of Uzziah, king of Judah and Jeroboam I, king of Israel (also known as Jeroboam, the son of Nebat)
Amos prophesied in the northern kingdom of Israel
The main themes of his prophecy are, first and foremost:
Prophet Amos attacked the following vices that were rampant in both Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah during his time.
The rich sold the poor for sandals and silver
A man and his son slept with the same maiden (i.e. prostitution).
The rich sat at the altar in clothes seized from the poor.
The rich drank wine at the altar – wine obtained from those who had been fined.
Amos called the wives of the rich “cows of Bashan” for feeding fat on the proceeds of their husband’s oppression of the poor.
He condemned the rich who built stone houses and lived in luxury.
At the market, the rich used false weights.
The poor were denied justice in the courts as the rich paid bribes to buy justice.
In spite of God’s numerous punishments, the people persisted in their evil deeds. But, at the same time, they desired “The day of the Lord”.
Amos said the “day of the Lord” would be one of doom, not happiness. Amos thus advocated a change in attitude toward social justice.
He said that was the only way the people could find happiness on “the day of the Lord”.
It is clear, therefore, that the prophet Amos was not necessarily a prophet of doom. He was simply saying it as it must.
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1. We must fight against and eschew bribery and corruption
2. Provision of social amenities across the length and breath of the country.
3. There must be an independent, impartial judiciary.
4. Education opportunities should be made available to all so that they get to know their rights and responsibilities and assert them.
5. The state must provide free legal aid to the poor and vulnerable.
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