: Amos, a herdsman from Tekoa (a small town 17 km from Jerusalem)
Time : 765 750 B.C.
The book of Amos was written during a period of national optimism
in Israel. King Jeroboam II was ruler, and it was a time of great
prosperity in which the kingdom had reached new political and military
heights. It was also a time of idolatry, extravagant indulgence
in luxury, immorality, corruption and oppression of the poor. Amos
was called by God to pronounce judgment on the northern kingdom
of Israel by denouncing Israels luxurious living, idolatry
and moral depravity. Amos urges the people to repent before the
judgements of God came upon them. "Seek God and live"
was Amos plea to the nation. He also foretells of the dispersion
of the Israelites, but points to a day when God would regather them
in the land of their forefathers.
Key verses :
"I hate, I despise your religious feasts: I cannot stand your
assemblies . . . let justice roll on like a river, righteousness
like a never-failing stream!" (5:21,24)
Main People : Amos was a contemporary of Hosea, and, late
in his ministry, of Isaiah and Micah, King Uzziah ruled in Judah
and Jeroboam II in Israel.