Can you recite the books of the Bible? Maybe you learned a song that helped you remember the order of the books. The song comes in handy when you need to locate a specific book of the Bible. What you may not be aware of, though, is that the order in which the books are arranged is not entirely chronologically correct— they aren’t all placed in the Bible in the order that they were written or in the order that the events recorded there occurred. That does not mean that the content of the books is inaccurate or was not inspired by God. Every word of the Bible is from God. In 2 Peter 1:21 we read, “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
Scholars of the English Bible arranged the books according to subject categories. For example, all of the prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, etc.) were arranged together.
As we turn to the book of Amos this week, we can understand it better if we know that the events recorded
in Amos took place at the same time as the events in 2 Kings, which is found much earlier in the Old Testament. Amos is giving the prophecy from God to the nation of Israel during the reign of Jeroboam, recorded in 2 Kings.
We learned in 2 Kings 17 that God was done being patient with Israel and that they were going to be exiled from their country. Amos is the prophet that delivered the bad news to Israel.
Review : Last week, we learned how the Northern Kingdom, Israel, continuously sinned against God. They worshipped other gods and built high places to worship their false gods. As a result, God had run out of patience with them. “So the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them from his presence” (2 Kings 17:18).
What was the result of Israel’s continuous sin against God? They were taken captive and deported to Assyria
Scripture Reading: Amos 7:1–16 and Amos 9:11–15.
Reading God’s Word is the most important part of family worship. If you don’t have time to do anything else, be sure to do this section.
Memory Verse: Jonah 4:2b: “I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.”
The first chapter of Amos talks about God’s judgment against the nations surrounding Israel. At first, Israel felt good about Amos’ message because they felt that the other nations deserved God’s judgment.
- How often do we look at what other people are doing wrong instead of looking at our own hearts? Are we happy when someone gets punished?
Take this time to talk about accountability for our own actions and judging other people. Using this week’s memory verse, discuss God’s compassion and His great love to all people, and His desire to not send His judgment.
- Amos 2:4 states the reason that Israel will be judged. What was the reason?
They rejected the law of the Lord and have not kept His decrees; they worshipped false gods.
- Amos was given visions by God as to how God was going to send His judgment against Israel. What were the first two visions showing?
God was going to send locust to devour the land; God was going to send fire to consume the land.
- Why did God not send the locusts or the fire?
Amos begged God not to send them; that the punishment would be too great. Moses had done the same thing for Israel many times in the desert.
- How did King Jeroboam react to Amos’ message?
He told Amos to leave Israel and go back home to Judah. The hearts of the people were not willing to listen. How does your heart react when you have been corrected or disciplined? Do you admit your mistake and ask forgiveness, or do you refuse to listen to what God is trying to teach you?
- Although God’s message to Israel was one of despair, the book of Amos ends with a word of hope for Israel. What was God’s promise to Israel?
One day Israel would be restored and returned to the land that God promised them many years before.
Pray: Using handwritten chain links, confess to God the ways you sin against Him. Ask God to help you to have a heart willing to receive discipline and change your ways so that you can be restored to Him. Give thanks to God for loving you so much that He desires you to be in fellowship with Him.
Materials: a handheld mirror
Invite each family member to take a long look in the handheld mirror. Ask family members to put the mirror down and then describe what they look like in as much detail as they can. See who can describe the most features without looking back in the mirror.
Read Colossians 1:19-20. Say: “Jesus is the earthly representation of God. The Bible shows us through Jesusʼ life what God is like. When we read about Jesus and how He never sinned, we know how God wants us to live.”
Remind your kids that Amos was a shepherd and a farmer. Ask your kids to tell what they want to be when they grow up. Affirm their choices and tell them that no matter what God leads them to do, He also wants them to tell other people about Jesus Christ.
(Vista Dublin lesson February 22nd and Vista Worthington lesson March 8th)