Full text of Zac Poonen’s teaching on ‘Book of Amos’ and ‘Book of Obadiah’ which is part of the popular series called Through The Bible.
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Zac Poonen – Bible Teacher
Let’s turn now to the book of Amos.
Amos chapter 1, verse 1. This message was given to Amos, a shepherd from the town of Tekoa in Judah. He received this message in visions two years before the earthquake when Uzziah was king of Judah. Jeroboam II, the son of Joash, was king of Israel.
Now most of these prophets, almost all of these prophetic books, we know exactly when they prophesied except Joel. See, Joel, if you remember the first day when I gave you a list of the dates of all the prophets, if you were observant, you probably discovered Joel was missing. Well, that’s because we don’t know from Joel’s prophecy when he prophesied. Some people say he could have been prophesying the same time as Elisha. I don’t know. It’s difficult to say. We can’t predict.
But all these other people prophesied and they told us the time. Amos was the first of all these prophets who preached to Israel. There are 16 prophetic books starting from Isaiah going up to Malachi. And one of those books, Jonah, he did not preach to Israel. He preached to Nineveh.
And Jonah is not essentially a book of prophecy. It’s a book of history. And Jonah lived immediately after Elisha. But Amos was the first of all these other 15 books of prophecy. And he preached to Israel, the northern kingdom. He was the first of the prophets. All the others came after him.
And he had these great examples like Elijah and Elisha before him. He never knew any of them personally. There was no written prophecy that Elijah and Elisha left behind. So we can say that Amos was the first person to put down a written prophecy. And keep that in mind. And he was not a professional prophet. He was a shepherd. Just like the first apostles were fishermen, tax collectors. Like Elijah was also a farmer — Elisha rather. And Amos was a man who looked after cattle and sheep and grew figs.