Tag: Amos

Amos was no prophet’s son

In a vision given to Amos, the Lord showed him a plumb line. This was the method used to establish a straight wall.  (Amos 7: 7-9.)  When Amos delivered the message he received, the king threatened him.  Amos’ answer was succinct: “I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit; And the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said unto me, go, prophesy unto my people Israel.  Now therefore hear thou the word of the Lord:  Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not they word against the house of Isaac.  Therefore thus saith the Lord; They wife shall be an harlot in the city, and thy sons and they daughters shall fall by the sword, and they land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.”  (Amos 7: 14-17.) 

Prophets in the past have come from obscure places.  They quite often resisted delivering a message which the audience wanted to hear.  Instead they corrected the behavior of a fallen people.  There were no opinion polls, no focus groups to shape the message they delivered.  Their words corrected, jarred, condemned and served as a warning which could allow the faithful to change the path they were on whenever needed.  The Apostle Paul coined a term for teachers who taught doctrines that reassured those who ought to be condemned.  He said such people “heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.”  (2 Tim. 4: 3.)  I presume “heap” means they get quite a few of them.

I’m pleased we live in a day of living prophets again, and that we receive stern warnings from time to time from those who know the Lord.  Such occasions provide us all the opportunity to be warned, repent, change our ways and approach nearer the mark of the high calling of God, in Christ Jesus. (Philip. 3: 14.)