The message of Amos is pre-eminently a message of new life. The message, however, comes in the context of a nation under judgment. Israel hid the emptiness and godliness of a corrupt society behind an apathetic and nominal outward religion, like so many today.
God's view of our society is revealed in Amos in no uncertain terms. While no refuge is offered for those who reject or disregard God's will, shining through the gloom most brightly is the precious gift of new life through faith in God's Savior, his Son Jesus Christ.
“The church had become ‘the world’ and must be reformed and renewed in order to fulfil her calling as God’s messenger to lost humanity.” (Page 25)
“be a mixed reception for the preaching of God’s Word. The” (Page 81)
“Empty ritual is the natural currency of man-made self-justifying religion and that is why God gives no place to it and calls for worship that is in spirit and truth (e.g. Psalm 51:16, 17; Amos 4:4, 5; 5:4–6; Matthew 23:23; John 4:24).” (Page 18)
“Amos shows people who think they are going to heaven, when in fact they are going to hell, that God is neither fooled nor mocked by their self-deceptions.” (Page 11)
“Men who see no need to be saved hear only the words of judgement to come and, characteristically, dismiss God’s messenger as a ‘prophet of doom’.” (Page 18)
A crisp, well-written exposition.
—John L. Mackay, Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Literature, Free Church College, Edinburgh