Amos Chapter 1 shows the prophet as a mere farmer with no formal background in theological matters. Despite this, his prophetic writings were messages that he addressed to all of Israel in hopes of reaching the masses.
Amos called for social justice. He said that people should follow the word of God strictly or face His judgment. Those that broke the covenant and were unfaithful were going to suffer, especially those people of Israel.
Amos Warns of Divine Judgment
The temples made in honor of the Lord in Bethel had been paganized and many people were performing selfish acts in order to get rich. As a messenger for God, Amos condemned those who were not active in their faith. Merely reciting words was not enough to be a true follower and the lack of obedience was disrespectful to God’s glory. Amos continued to warn of a divine judgment day when all would pay for turning their back against the Lord.
God Speaks through Amos
God had a message for the people of Israel and He choose the prophet Amos to relay it to them. As lawlessness and paganism ran rapid, the Lord said He would completely destroy Israel for their transgressions. In addition to Israel, the residents of Damascus were to be held captive because of their disobedience to the Lord.
God’s Punishment for Sin
The acts of judgment continued just as Amos has warned. In Amos Chapter 1, he said that the countries of Gaza and Tyre will fall as well due to their treatment of God’s chosen people. A roaring fire will be sent to Edom and Ammon for their violation of holy law.
Edom was full of fighting and anger while Ammon has murdered many mothers in Gilead. The king that was in control during the murders of pregnant women will also be taken into captivity for his role in the travesty.
Amos 1 (King James Version)
1 The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
2 And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.
3 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron:
4 But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of Benhadad.
5 I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, saith the LORD.
6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they carried away captive the whole captivity, to deliver them up to Edom:
7 But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the palaces thereof:
8 And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD.
9 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant:
10 But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof.
11 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever:
12 But I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.
13 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border:
14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind:
15 And their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together, saith the LORD.