During the eighth century BC, the Northern Kingdom of Israel experienced a period of unprecedented economic growth. But this financial boom wasn’t enough for Israel’s elite. To increase their already robust profits and fund their already upscale lifestyles, they leveraged their powerful positions to exploit their poor neighbors. They often did so under the guise of worship. Their actions violated God’s laws, trampled God’s people, and defamed God’s name.
God took exception to Israel’s acts and commissioned Amos, a farmer from the Southern Kingdom of Judah, to speak on his behalf. Through this prophet, God stood up to the rich and spoke up for the poor. He condemned Israel’s religious, economic, and judicial leaders and their practices. He pronounced impending judgment and proclaimed future salvation.
In this OneBook: Daily-Weekly study, Jason R. Jackson helps readers understand Amos’s challenging words within the context of his world and apply those words to our startlingly similar world. This eight-week study will encourage participants, through the finished work of Jesus and the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit, to pursue justice that rolls like a river and righteousness that flows like a constant stream.
Jason R. Jackson is the executive pastor of New Life Downtown in Colorado Springs. He previously served churches in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Lexington, Kentucky, taught biblical Hebrew at his alma-mater—Asbury Theological Seminary, and coauthored Echo: A Catechism for Discipleship in the Ancient Christian Tradition. Jason and his wife, Sarah, have three daughters: Cora, Avi, and Lilah.