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Amos 7—8: Visions of Judgment

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Amos.

It is easy to side with Amos. After all, his prophecies are part of the Bible! But put yourself in Israel’s place. How would you have responded if a farmer came to town and began announcing visions of judgment? In chapters 7—9 we will look at five of Amos's visions and one fairly typical response.

Warming Up to God

Think of a time you have been confronted by a street preacher or visiting evangelist who warned of God's judgment. How do you respond to that approach?

Read Amos 7—8

Discovering the Word

  • What three visions of judgment does the Lord show Amos (7:1, 4, 7)?
  • Why does the Lord "relent" regarding the first two visions (7:1-6)?
  • In verses 10-17, Amos undergoes his own "plumb-line" test. What temptations might he have experienced?
  • How does Amos describe the lifestyle of those who are ripe for judgment (8:4-6)?
  • How does he describe the "harvest" they will experience (8:3-14)?

Applying the Word

  • Even though we can freely read the Bible, how does "famine" evidence itself among God's people?
  • How can the Lord's response to Amos's prayers (7:6) motivate us to pray for our nation?
  • How can Amos's response to Amaziah (7:10-17) be an example to us when we are tempted to compromise our beliefs?

Responding in Prayer

Pray that God will use your study in Amos to mold you into the person he wants you to be.

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