Last Sunday, we began a 3-part study in the book of Amos as we continue our series through the Minor Prophets. At a time when the Northern Kingdom of Israel was prospering economically, there were some real spiritual problems below the surface. God raises up a prophet whose name was Amos, a sheepbreeder from the Southern Kingdom of Israel, to rip down the façade of false spirituality, and expose the spiritual sickness of the people. But to also warn the people of the danger that lay ahead unless they changed their ways and returned to the Lord.
Following eight prophecies of judgement given in Amos 1-2, Amos delivers three sermons of judgement in Amos 3-6. Each of the three sermons begin with, “Hear this word” (Amos 3:1, Amos 4:1, Amos 5:1). One of the big themes in Amos 3-6 has to do with the justice of God. When God sees injustice taking place, He makes it His personal business to settle the scores, to right the wrongs, and to not let sin go unpunished.