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Amos The Prophet of the North Around 750 BCE Amos a shepherd from Judah goes north to preach against the sinful kingdom of Israel Amos was a prophet from the town of Tekoh in Juda He was unassuming but bold and fearless when called to bear witness against the evils of his day Prior to his call to the prophetic office Amos was a shepherd who devoted a part of his time to tending sycamore trees and gathering their fruit Amos is sometimes called the gloomy shepherd He was not known for his sympathy or warmth but for his sense of justice and of pride Amos directed his message to the wealthy people who oppressed the poor His primary audience was the Northern Kingdom of Israel These people were wealthy and enjoyed great luxury However they were morally religiously and politically corrupt Amos preached his message because the people of Israel were at the summit of worldly prosperity but rapidly filling up the measure of their sins The mission of Amos was therefor rather to threaten than to console Amos rebuked among other things the corruption of their manners which kept pace with their prosperity He charged the great men with partiality as judges and violence towards the poor and he foretells as a punishment from God the capacity of the ten tribes in a foreign country Amos message is largely a cry for justice Amos message then was to spread justice to all people especially the weak and the poor Amos was angered because the rich people were disregarding Gods law Gods law was designed to protect people and share justice for all For example Amos condemns the rich women of Samaria for lying around and acting like fat cattle He warns them that someday this lavish lifestyle they live will not exist They too will get theirs Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an everflowing stream Amos 514
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