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Read Amos Chapter 5
1. What does Amos prophesy of the house of Israel in Amos 5:1-3?

2. What does the LORD say to the house of Israel in the following verses?
Amos 5:4-5

Amos 5:6-7

Amos 5:10

3. What do you learn of the LORD from Amos 5:8-9?

4. What punishment does the LORD promise the house of Israel in Amos 5:11?

5. What sins does God say Israel committed in Amos 5:12?

6. Copy Amos 5:14-15 here. Meditate on this. How is this exhortation applicable to your life today?

7. What do you learn about the day of the LORD from Amos 5:16-20?

8. What additional insight do you gain about the day of the LORD from the following verses?
Isaiah 2:5-22
Zechariah 14:1-15
1 Thessalonians 5:1-3
2 Peter 3:10

9. Summarize what you learn about the Day of the LORD?

10. What application can you make to your own life of these chapters in view of what you learned about the Day of the LORD?

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Read Amos Chapter 4
1. Who is being referred to in Amos 4:1 as the “cows of Bashan?”

2. What prophecy does Amos make in Amos 4:1-3?

3. Re-read Amos 4:4-5. What is the point of this passage?

4. What does God say He did to try and get Israel to turn back to him in each of the following verses?
Amos 4:6
Amos 4:7-8
Amos 4:9
Amos 4:10
Amos 4:11

5. What does God tell them to prepare for in Amos 4:12?

6. Copy Amos 4:13 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

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Read Amos Chapter 3

1. What are God’s allegations against his people according to Amos 3:1-2?

2. What does God promise to do in Amos 2:2b?

3. Re-read Amos 3:3-6. What is the point being made in this section?

4. What does the prophet say of God in Amos 3:7?

5. Copy Amos 3:8 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

6. What punishment for Israel does God promise in Amos 3:11-15?

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Read Amos Chapter 1
1. What do you learn of Amos from Amos 1:1?

2. Where was Tekoa?

3. What natural disaster occurred 2 years before according to Amos 1:1?

4. Some commentators believe this is the same earthquake that Zechariah mentions. What do you learn about it in Zechariah 14:5?

5. What prophecy does Amos give in Amos 1:2?

6. Where is Carmel?

7. What famous event involving the prophet Elijah happened at Carmel?

8. What was the transgression of Damascus according to Amos 1:3?

9. What does God say He will do to them in Amos 1:4-5?

10. What are the transgressions of Gaza according to Amos 1:6?

11. What does God say He will do to them in Amos 1:7-8?

12. What are the transgressions of Tyre according to Amos 1:9?

13. What does God say He will do to them in Amos 1:10?

14. What are the transgressions of Edom according to Amos 1:11?

15. Who is Edom?

16. What does God say He will do to them in Amos 1:12?

17. What are the transgression of Ammon according to Amos 1:13?

18. Who are the Ammonites? (Hint: Genesis 19)

19. What does God say He will do to them in Amos 1:14-15?

 

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Read Amos Chapter 2
1. What are the transgressions of Moab according to Amos 2:1?

2. Who are the Moabites? (Hint: Genesis 19)

3. What does God say He will do to them in Amos 2:2-3?

4. What are the transgressions of Judah according to Amos 2:4?

5. What do you learn about God from the following verses?
Leviticus 26:14-39

Deuteronomy 6:4-15

Psalm 103:17-18

John 14:15, 21

1 Corinthians 7:19

6. What does God say He will do to Judah in Amos 2:5?

7. What are the transgressions of Israel according to Amos 2:6-8?

8. What does God say He has done for them in Amos 2:10-11?

9. What does God say Israel did in Amos 2:12?

10. What does God say of Israel in Amos 2:13-16?

11. What application can you make from these 2 chapters?

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Introduction/background
1. Who is the author of the book of Amos?

2. When was the book of Amos written?

3. To whom was Amos prophesying? (Northern or Southern Kingdom?)

4. During which King(s)’ reign(s) did Amos prophesy?

5. What does the name “Amos” mean?

 

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We’re studying through some of the minor prophets. We invite you to study along with us, taking as much as you desire. Please consider the benefit of systematic study of the Bible–how it can improve your life and your relationship with the Creator God, author of the Bible.

Background
1. Who is the author of the book of Haggai?

2. When was this book written?

3. What does the name “Haggai” mean?

Read Haggai Chapter 1
1. What do you learn about Haggai from Haggai 1:1?

2. What do you learn about Haggai from Ezra 5:1?

3. What do you learn about Haggai from Ezra 6:14?

4. When do the events of this chapter take place according to Haggai 1:1?

5. What is the message of God through the prophet in Haggai 1:2-4?

6. What does God say to the people about the consequences of their failure to finish the temple in Haggai 1:6?

7. What does God tell them twice, once in Haggai 1:5 and once in Haggai 1:7? What is God’s meaning? Why does He repeat the phrase?

8. What do you learn from the following verses?
Lamentations 3:40
Romans 14:11-12
2 Corinthians 13:5
Philippians 2:12
James 1:22-25

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But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King.
At His wrath the earth will tremble, and the nations will not be able to endure His indignation. Jeremiah 10:10

I see three truths in this scripture that I want to understand better:

1. Adonai is the true God
2. Adonai is the living God
3. Adonai is the everlasting King

What does it mean to be the true God?
No other God exists. Adonai (Y-H-W-H) is the only God. It is the meaning of the Shema, “Sh’ma, Yisra’el! Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad [Hear, Isra’el! Adonai our God, Adonai is one]. (Deuteronomy 6:4) The meaning of one is that God is the only of His kind–the only God. That is to say that Adonai is genuine and all other gods are counterfeit – some are elaborate counterfeits, but they are counterfeits all the same.

To say that He is the true God can be understood by thinking of direction–i.e. true north. To say God is true speaks of being unchanging, immutable, the same now and forever. That is to say God is trustworthy, can be counted on to be where He is supposed to be and do what He is supposed to do. He will do what He says He will do; He keeps His promises.

What does it mean to be the living God?
It means He is active now. He is not far off. He is not the God of past works–although He was working in the past. Living means that He can respond and is responsive to us–His children–now in the moment and in the next.

What does it mean to be the everlasting King?
First of all this description has two important parts: Everlasting + King.

As a King, He is a Sovereign–He takes care of and has responsibility for His subjects. Because His reign is everlasting it has no end. He has no successor to worry about. He can and does rule like He will be King forever.

Adonai is true, living and everlasting! Let the praise of this verse be on our lips!

 

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Continuing with our series of studies in the Minor Prophets, today’s post covers an introduction to the Minor Prophet Habakkuk.

If you are interested in other studies in the Minor Prophets, we have the following available:

Obadiah BackgroundObadiah

Hosea IntroductionHosea Chapter 1, Hosea Chapter 2Hosea Chapter 3, Hosea Chapter 4 Hosea Chapter 5Hosea Chapter 6Hosea Chapter 7Hosea Chapter 8Hosea Chapter 9Hosea Chapter 11

Background
1. Who is the author of the book of Habakkuk?

2. When was this book written?

3. Who was the original intended audience for this book?

4. To which Kingdom did Habakkuk prophesy, Northern or Southern?

5. What does the name “Habakkuk” mean?

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Coming upon the story of David and Goliath in our study of 1 and 2nd Samuel, I was reminded of my recent visit to Tel Azeka in Israel.

Tel Azeka gives us a vantage point over the valley of Ela (Elah), the area where the story of 1 Samuel 17 took place. Looking west from the Tel, we can see where the three coastal cities of the Philistines would have been, Ashkelon (to the Southwest), Gath (the inland Capital), and Ashdod (to the Northwest).

The Philistines wanted the mountains in the area surrounding Tel Azeka because they wanted oil–olive oil. The pictures give you a glimpse of the fertile land on the low hills in this area.

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View of Valley of Ela from Tel Azeka

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View of Valley of Ela from Tel Azeka

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View from Tel Azeka

From the photos above, you can view the valley of Ela (Elah) where the armies of Israel met the armies of the Philistines. The open area between the hills is where the armies were faced off.

Being on that Tel, it wasn’t hard to imagine the scene that day. It was probably sunny and bright as it was the day we visited. David would have traveled down from Bethlehem to bring supplies and to get news for his father.

The story opens . . .

Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle and were assembled at Socoh, which belongs to Judah; and they camped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together and they camped in the Valley of Elah, and assembled in battle formation to meet the Philistines. The Philistines were standing on the mountain on one side and Israel was standing on the mountain on the other side, with the valley between them.  I Samuel 17:1-3.

The rest is, as they say, history.

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