This Is the Old Testament is part of a twelve-week thematic overview of the entire Bible. Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book or two of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of that day’s main reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture. This week, we’ll continue looking at the Minor Prophets.
What Is Amos? The book of Amos uses poetic verse, in the form of oracles and visions, to proclaim God’s justice and judgment against Israel and Samaria.
How Amos Fits Into the Story: By proclaiming justice against both Israel and Samaria, the book of Amos reminds us of the sovereignty of God and His involvement with His people. Amos emphasizes the coming Day of the Lord, a day when all people will be held accountable, while also boasting in the hope and glory of Christ’s return.
1. Reflect on what today’s three passages say about the difference between good and evil. What is God’s reaction to what He hates? How does your own reaction to sin compare with His?
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?
Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.