When the Lord speaks it is a roar and a thunder. Amos is reminding you of the character of God. If you ignore the Old Testament, your theology (in its most basic sense) will be defective, for you will be dealing with a god of your imagination, rather than the God who has revealed himself in the entire Scriptures.
Amos records and proclaims the roar of the Lord. He speaks of threatened judgement, but it is still future. There is still a call to repentance. It is still “today,” when you have time to turn to God and seek forgiveness. As you read the judgments, keep in mind the broader context of the conclusion of the book and of the rest of Scripture. Remember that the roar of the LORD would one day come to expression in the sending of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, and that his Word is the expression of God’s saving grace. However, in order for you to appreciate the graciousness of that Word, you need to be aware of your own need of it. And Amos graciously points out your sin, your need. Amos reveals the deadly, infectious power of sin in your life and in the life of the culture around you. As pervasive as sin is, you may miss it. Listen to the roar! You need it.
“The prophecy of Amos is an example of the goodness of God to an unworthy nation. The Israelites of the north had rejected the Davidic covenant and hence any claim to the promises of Jehovah. At the same time, they were smug and confident in the belief that, since they were the chosen people, no calamity could come upon them. . . . To such a people came Amos, in order that he might warn them of the impending doom. He does not mention the Assyrian by name, but clearly predicts the exile. His purpose is to warn, but also to promise deliverance through Christ.” (E. J. Young, Introduction to the Old Testament, p. 258).
Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer