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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Amos Chapter 7

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Amos
Date Penned: BC 760-750
Overview: Everyone Answers to God (c 1-9)
Theme: Visions of Judgement (c 7-9)
Message: Amos Sees a Swarm of Locusts (v 1-16)

Amos: Chapter 7 Commentary
     
(7:1-6) Twice mos was shown a vision of Israel's impending punishment, and his immediate response was to pray that God would spare Israel. Prayer is a powerful privilege. Amos's prayers should remind us to pray for our nation.

(7:7-9) A plumb line is a device used to ensure the straightness of a wall. A wall that is not straight will eventually collapse. God wants people to be right with him, he wants the sin that makes us crooked removed immediately. God's Word is the plumb line that helps us be aware of our sin. How do you measure up to this plumb line?

(7:10) Prophets like Amos were often seen as traitors because they spoke out against the king and his advisers, undermining their authority and exposing their sin. The kings often saw the prophets as enemies rather than as God's spokesmen who were really trying to help them and the Nation.

(7:10) Amaziah was the chief priest in Bethel, representing Israel's official religion, He was not concerned about hearing God's message. He was only worried about his own position. Maintaining his position was more important than listening to the truth. Don't let your desire for prestige, authority, or money keep you tied to a job or position you should leave. Don't let anything come between you and obeying the Lord.

(7:14-15) Without any special preparation, education, or upbringing, Amos obeyed God's call to "go prophesy unto my people Israel" Obedience is the test of a faithful servant of God. Are you obeying God's Word?

 


Dave Burnette's Life Application


Obey Your Calling

 

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue with the book of Amos with Chapter 7. In our text today we see the visions of judgement the Lord gave Amos. What catches my eye is how Amos obeyed God's call to prophesy unto the people of Israel even though he did not have the education or training to accomplish the task, he simply obeyed the Lord. In making application we see a call to obedience. By Faith we are do what the Lord instructs us in His Power through the Holy Spirit. How about you? Do you allow your feeling of inadequacy keep you from obeying the Lord? Let us learn from our text today and life of Amos who followed the Lord even when he felt inadequate simply because he followed his calling by simple obedience.

 

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Amos 7

Amos 7

 1Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king's mowings.

 2And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.

 3The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.

 4Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and, behold, the Lord GOD called to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part.

 5Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.

 6The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD.

 7Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the LORD stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand.

 8And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the LORD, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:

 9And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.

 10Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.

 11For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.

 12Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:

 13But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king's chapel, and it is the king's court.

 14Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit:

 15And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

 16Now therefore hear thou the word of the LORD: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the house of Isaac.

 17Therefore thus saith the LORD; Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and thy land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.