Amos 7: Who Is the Authority?
First of all, Merry Christmas! I don’t particularly have a Christmas message for you today, but I hope that you have a great day and remember what Christmas is all about.
Today we are in Amos 7, and it reminded me that even though we worry today about the kind of peer pressure that can build up, it is nothing new.
Amo 7:12 Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:
Amo 7:13 But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king’s chapel, and it is the king’s court.
Amo 7:14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit:
Amo 7:15 And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.
Amos was obviously not a bearer of good news. Prophets were never really well loved when they showed up because the people needed correction. They were communicating messages from God, but that did not always go over well.
As a result, we have Amaziah pretty much encouraging Amos to go somewhere else because they didn’t want to hear his message. Amos responded really in the only way that he knew how.
He was where he was because God told him to be there. He wasn’t a prophet before that, and I have a feeling that after God was done using him in this why that he probably would have been happy to just go back to doing his everyday job (just my opinion). However, we do know that he was doing what God had told him to do at the time he told him to do it.
He did not back down because he knew that it was more important to do what God told him to do rather than what people around him said. Obviously, that is an important message for all of us. We need to decide who is more important to please.