Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God used Amos to be strong and declare the coming judgment. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to be strong and carry out God’s will for our lives.
Read Amos 7:10-13
I. Professional Priest. Amaziah sent a message to King Jeroboam. In our Sunday School material, he told the king about Amos prophesying and conspiring against the King and Israel. Amaziah then tells Amos to go back to Judah.
- Resistance. Notice in vss. 10, 12-13 that Amaziah rose to oppose what the Lord had given Amos to share. In like manner, don’t be surprised when opposition revolts against what God is calling you to do. Unfortunately, the devil may use someone from the religious community as the host for the attack.
Let’s brace ourselves for resistance. This application calls for having a made-up mind to continue to study and obey God’s word with the support of other disciples, no matter what happens.
- Sin leads to punishment. Notice in vs. 11 that sin leads to punishment. There are many who don’t want to hear about how God will punish sin. However, the truth is that the same God who blesses obedience punishes sin.
Let’s live like we believe that God will punish sin. Such living should be known for obedience. Just like we check our speed and seat belt when we see a police officer, we should obey God who is everywhere at the same time.
Read Amos 7:14-17
II. Professing Prophet. Amos responds to Amaziah. In our Sunday School material, Amos tells Amaziah that the Lord called him (Amos) to prophesy to Israel. Amos talks about the bad things that will happen to Amaziah and Israel.
- God’s calling. Notice in vss. 14-15 that Amos did not have the credentials that some of the other prophets had, but he was yet called by God.
On one hand, credentials are important. For example, in the pastoral ministry, having a Master’s of Divinity degree and five years of ministry experience can be very helpful in making sure a person has the knowledge, skill, and character to do a given assignment.
On the other hand, there are people who have “credentials” but put more trust in their credentials than in the Lord.
Third, the greatest credential that we can have is to be called by God. God has a way of help us to learn what we need to learn, so we can do what He is calling us to do. Let’s work on putting more value on God’s calling than simply credentials.
- God’s assignment. Notice in vs. 15 that Amos knew who God called him to serve. In like manner, we should work on discovering and carrying out our assignments.
Sometimes things are difficult because we are trying to carry out the wrong assignment. This is not to say that the “right assignment” will be easy. Think about Jesus carried out the right assignment and was crucified.
Let’s work on discovering and carrying out God’s assignments for our lives. We should explore the intersection of what we are able to do, what needs to be done, and what we are passionate or willing to do.
- Trying to block God’s work. Notice in vss. 16-17 of our Sunday School material that Amaziah learned about the danger of trying to block what God is doing.
First, there are those today who try to block what God is doing. Some may think that they are simply trying to stop a person. But if the person is on assignment from the Lord then they are actually opposing the Lord’s work.
Second, as God sent pain in the text, He is subject to send punishment into our lives as well. God can send bad and withhold good, as His way of punishing our sins. Let’s work avoiding any interference with God’s work being carried out. Our lives are challenging enough without adding God’s punishment to our list.
Conclusion: Let’s work on being strong and carrying out God’s will for our lives. God has much for those who obey His will.
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