Week Twenty-Six – Verse by Verse Devotional Series – The Prophets: Amos
Like Joel and David the prophet Amos was a shepherd. Amos was from Judah, but he prophesies to the northern kingdom during the period of the divided kingdom. Some students may have recently followed the writings of Amos while engaged in the international lesson series. Only a few verses in this set of readings overlap.
Sunday, June 28
Amos 2:4 This is what the Lord says: “For three sins of Judah, even for four, I will not turn back my wrath, because they have rejected the law of the Lord and have not kept his decrees, because they have been led astray by false gods, the gods their ancestors followed.
Prayer: O God, may we be as loyal to your laws as you are loyal to us
Thought for the day: Little gods lead followers on narrow roads that come to a dead-end.
Monday, June 29
Amos 2:6 This is what the Lord says: “For three sins of Israel, even for four, I will not turn back my wrath, they sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals.
Prayers: Jesus, help us keep our priorities in order.
Thought for the day: Even back in the day some folk would trade a life for a pair of shoes.
Tuesday, June 30
Amos 4:13 He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth – the Lord God is his name.
Prayer: Almighty God, forever you are the sovereign Lord.
Thought for the day: Watch a sunset to see how gently and quietly God can work.
Wednesday, July 1
Amos 5:24 But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
Prayer: Almighty God, we want to open your fire hydrants of justice and righteousness to put out the fires of violence in our communities today
Thought for the day: The justice of God is not a stagnant pool.
Thursday, July 2
Amos 7:8 And the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Amos?” “A plumb line,” I replied. Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.”
Prayer: O Jesus, may your sacrificial blood cover us in the hour we are to be measured by God.
Thought for the day: Though the plumb line is humble by comparison with modern technology, it is true.
Friday, July 3
Amos 8:11-12 “The days are coming”, declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land – nota famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.
Prayer: Jesus, forgive us when we in haste have left your love letters unread.
Thought for the day: A missionary was truly excited to receive large print Bibles, since she knew the poor whom she serves often lack the glasses needed to read normal print.
Saturday, July 4
Amos 9:13-14 The days are coming, declares the Lord, “When the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills. I will bring back my exiled people Israel; the will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and earth their fruit.
Prayer: Jesus, sometimes and often you are so generous we cannot offer sufficient thanks for all the good you are doing for us.
Thought for the day: The good farmer knows that with every crop there is an optimal time to reap what has been planted.