His prophecies got within the reigns of Uzziah king of Judah and Jeroboam II king of Israel. He describes himself as a herdman of Tekoa, a city within the hill-country of Judea, approximately twelve miles from Jerusalem, of which point out is usually made in Scripture. Thence got here the “wise lady” despatched through Joab to cajole David to allow his assassin son to come to his patrimony, in simple violation of all legislations, either human and divine (2 Sam. 14:2). There too, Ira the son of Ikkesh, considered one of David’s potent males, was once born (2 Sam. 23:26). it really is spotted on numbers of different events, or even after the go back from Babylon, the keenness of the boys of Tekoa is spoken of, notwithstanding their nobles are reproved in reference to the construction of the wall of Jerusalem (Neh. 3:5, 27). A wasteland city, surrounded by way of huge solitudes, it used to be an appropriate position for males of pastoral profession; and there Amos pursued his humble calling until eventually separated by means of the Lord to the prophetic office.
He tells us that he used to be neither born into the goodly corporation of the prophets, nor did he select that calling for himself. but if he used to be “a herdman and a gatherer of sycamore fruit” (that is, the fruit of the wild fig), the Lord acknowledged unto him, “Go, prophesy unto My humans Israel” (ch. 7:14, 15). This used to be adequate for Amos. He used to be no longer disobedient to the voice from heaven, yet, forsaking the pastures of the desolate tract, and turning his again at the position of his start, we quickly locate him stating the notice of the Lord away up within the capital of the northern nation, tremendously to the disgust and arousing the indignation of Jeroboam and his fake priest Amaziah. whilst ordered to escape to his personal land and do his prophesying there, he boldly offers his divine credentials, and grants a message extra looking out than ever.
Of the period of his ministry, or the time or conditions of his dying, we haven't any checklist. yet what has been vouchsafed to us is fraught with most vital lessons.
It is ever God’s option to arrange His servants in mystery for the paintings they're afterwards to complete in public. Moses on the bottom of the wasteland; Gideon at the threshing-floor; David along with his “few sheep” out upon the hillside; Daniel refusing to be defiled with the king’s meat; John the Baptist within the wasteland; Peter in his fishing-boat; Paul in Arabia; and Amos following the flock and herding the farm animals within the barren region of Tekoa—all alike attest this truth. it is very important discover that merely he who has therefore discovered of God within the college of obscurity is probably going to polish within the blaze of publicity.
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