Unseal the Indictment       Amos 1:1-2; 2:6-8; 3:6-8, 13-15 (HCSB     ) Jan. 13, 2013


Introduction

               Amos makes 32 predictions that are fulfilled in this book.

 

1.   Unseal the Indictment . . Hear Ye! The Word of God from Amos. Amos 1:1-2

1 The words of Amos, who was one of the sheep breeders from Tekoawhat he saw regarding Israel in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah, and Jeroboam son of Jehoash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
2 He said: The LORD roars from Zion and raises His voice from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds mourn, and the summit of Carmel withers.

 

       A.   The Word of God from Amos . . Regarding Israel before the Earthquake. 1:1

1 The words of Amos, who was one of the sheep breeders from Tekoawhat he saw regarding Israel in the

       days of Uzziah, king of Judah, and Jeroboam son of Jehoash, king of Israel, two years before the

       earthquake.
 

       B.   The Word of God from Amos . . Roaring like a Lion. 1:2

2 He said: The LORD roars from Zion and raises His voice from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds mourn, and the summit of Carmel withers.


       Do people hear God’s voice when he speaks through natural events like earthquakes and etc.? We would have to say not as well as He wants us to hear. Earthquakes are used throughout the Bible and they many times serve as God’s punctuation points. Amos roared like a lion regarding Israel. Did most of the people of Amos’s day recognize the unusual events of nature as events regarding the judgment of God? I don’t think so. But how many Americans see events of natural catastrophe as a call to hear from God? Most of us might hear better in retrospect that we do right in the midst of the event. God roars but we may not recognized it as the voice of God.


 

2.   Unseal the Indictment . . Horrible Sins Even in the House of God. Amos 2:6-8

       A.   Horrible Sins Include . . Punishment for Three or Four Sins. 2:6-7

6 The LORD says: I will not relent from punishing Israel for three crimes, even four, because they sell a righteous person for silver and a needy person for a pair of sandals.

       7 They trample the heads of the poor on the dust of the ground and block the path of the needy. A man and

       his father have sexual relations with the same girl, profaning My holy name.

 

       B.   Horrible Sins Include . . Profaning the Name of God and the House of God.. 2:8

8 They stretch out beside every altar on garments taken as collateral, and in the house of their God, they drink wine obtained through fines.


       In this entire chapter 14 fourteen sins are declared and we would wonder how could Israel think they are the people of God and be guilty of such atrocities. How can Israel act in such a way profaning the name of God even in the house of God? Because they were guilty of Idol worship the even used the altars of these gods in their blasphemous worship experiences. The pagan worship of nearby communities were capable of manipulation so Amos accuses the people of usuing some of their practices in the worship activities in the so called worship of God.


 

3.   Unseal the Indictment the . . Horn of the Lord has Blown. Amos 3:6-8

       A.   The Horn of the Lord Has Blown . . Revealing God’s Council. 3:6-7

6 If a rams horn is blown in a city, arent people afraid? If a disaster occurs in a city, hasnt the LORD

       done it? 7 Indeed, the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing His counsel to His servants the prophets.

 

       B.   The Horn of the Lord Has Blown . . Roaring His Prophesy. 3:8

8 A lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken; who will not prophesy?

 

Amos asked many questions and then states He will reveal His counsel to His prophets. This is His

revealing work and the roaring of His prophets will follow. If a lion roars and the people hear it they will

respond in a multitude of ways so Amos basically asked if God gives His counsel what prophet of His will not

speak His truth? Amos said God does nothing without telling His prophets. God expects the People to hear and take a positive action just like action would be taken if the roar of a lion had been heard near your house and family.


 

4.   Unseal the Indictment the . . Houses of Riches will be Destroyed. Amos 3:13-15

       A.   The Houses of Riches Will Be Destroyed and . . Punishment of Israel for their Crimes. 3:13-14

       13 Listen and testify against the house of Jacob— ⌊this isthe declaration of the Lord GOD, the God of

       Hosts. 14 I will punish the altars of Bethel on the day I punish Israel for its crimes; the horns of the altar will

       be cut off and fall to the ground.

 

       B.   The Houses of Riches Will Be Destroyed . . Proclaimed By The Lord. 3:15

       15 I will demolish the winter house and the summer house; the houses inlaid withivory will be destroyed,

       and the great houses will come to an end. This isthe LORDs declaration.


       Punishment for the house of Israel was coming because they used the altars of Israel to include the idol worship they had digressed into and God was not going to permit anymore pagan worship on the altars dedicated to the worship of Him, It is hard to even imagine how people could get so far away from God that they would include pagan worship. The people became so much involved in riches and building houses decorated with ivory that it was more important to them than proper worship and following the commands of the Lord. It is no wonder the prophet Amos was called to Unseal the Indictment against these people. Amen? Amen!