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biblestudy: Amos (Part 1)

John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 02-Feb-88; Sermon #BS-AM01; 48 minutes

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John Ritenbaugh begins by explaining that Amos means "burden bearer," characterizing the message he delivered. Like a hawk circling around in tightening circles, Amos gives a series of dire warnings beginning with Israel's arch-enemies but concluding with a blistering indictment on Israel herself—appearing religious, prosperous, and formidable on the outside but rotting from self-pleasing idolatry and cancerous moral decay on the inside. This situation parallels modern Israel and the current situation in the church of God. Privilege (God's calling) brings grave responsibility, and judgment (God's plumb line) begins at the house of God. Amos is speaking to us.

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Affliction of Joseph Amos Assimilation Bethel Cows of David Ben Gurion Dan Day of the Lord Definition of a Jew Disproportion of wealth and justice Earthquake End of war Generosity Gilgal Herdsman Jewish Defense League Jerusalem a burdensome stone Jeroboam I Jeroboam II Jordan Liberal Jews Materialism Meir Kahane Manufactured riots National interests News media Palestine Perversion of news Perversion Plumb line Reformed Jews Service Sexual perversions Sephardic Jews Sigh and cry for the abominations Social responsibility Tekoa Torah Uncomfortable Questions for Comfortable Jews Uzziah

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