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On the last Sunday of February we embarked on a study of the Minor Prophets, meaning the last twelve short books of the OT. They are minor in length not in importance or inspiration. They are God’s Word spoken by men carried along by the Holy Spirit. Tonight I would like to wrap up our study of the Minor Prophets with a summary of what we should take away from our time studying the Major Points from the Minor Prophets.
This message is the grande finale of the series. Everything has led up to this point. We have uncovered and dealt with the injustices in our society. We studied how God raised up prophets to speak to and act against real injustice. Now...what will we, as the people and prophets of God, do about it?
If you were transported forward in time to your own funeral and heard the things people said about you, how would it affect the way you live your life today? Amos speaks to the people of Israel of their death, but as if it's already happened; they are listening to their own obituary and it isn't a pleasant experience. It's a picture of a young life cut short; of a lonely end with no-one there to mourn. Amos isn't speaking over a corpse, but a living people. Chapters 5&6 speak of the evidence against Israel, while 7&8 pronounce the verdict. God hates Israel's false confidence (6:8), its pride in its fortresses, it's own strength - forgetting God. God also hates Israel's false religious meetings. They were careful to follow the rules, but their lives didn't match up; their sacrifices and worship were hypocritical. The solution: Seek God and Live! If you notice feelings of self-reliance, remember the words of the Lord's Prayer that acknowledge our dependence on God for everything. See your whole life as an act of worship and make sure it honours God in every way. Sunday is not enough!
Through Amos God gives a clear warning to His covenant people. They will not heed His call for repentance, justice and righteousness. They were content with their version of faith and would not listen to God's messages of warning. Amos reminds them of the power and awesome majesty of God. Apply the message to ourselves and the 21st century church
Amos challenges the Israelites with God's word. God is angry at their unjust society, their reliance on their wealth. God will expose their nakedness and deal with their sin. Is this a timely word for the western church?
An overview of the main themes of the book of Amos
As the Fight The Power series draws to close, Pastor Radcliff revisits Amos to see the distinction between a prophet called by God and a prophet who is only interested in protecting the religious status quo. Amos squares off against Amaziah to declare what thus sayeth the Lord. Amaziah is more concerned with protecting his turf and keeping the king and the church happy. What happens when we have a multitude of prophets that are more concerned with their marketshare, television ministries, and keeping everyone happy than with speaking the truth?
You have NEVER heard a 4th of July message like this one. Listen and be blessed as Pastor Radcliff continues in his social justice series entitled, 'Fight The Power'. In this particular message, Pastor Radcliff handed out copies of the Declaration of Independence and used the prophet Amos to dissect this historic document and to speak to the state of our society today.