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Amos had his first three visions and a confrontation with the high priest at Bethel, the king's high priest, since Israel has made their own choose-your-own religion. The priest, Amaziah, tried to get the king to kill Amos by cherry-picking from Amos. It ended up costing Amaziah, literally, everything.

...continue reading "Amos 8 (Israel)"

Amos started the book with prophesies, then sermons or messages. Chapter 7 begins Amos' visions.

...continue reading "Amos 7 (Israel)"

Amos has completed his original prophesies of the cities and nations of the region and two of three messages, or sermons, for Israel. Chapters Three and Four dealt, largely, with the many sins of Israel and her failure to turn back to the Lord. Chapter 4 ends with the warning that Israel has gone too far, it's too late, and they should prepare to meet their maker. And the Amos reminding them of who God is. Chapter 5 covers Amos' third sermon.

...continue reading "Amos 5 (Israel)"

Following the Blue Letter Bible, I am pausing after Isaiah 8 (as well as after II Kings 16 and II Chronicles 28) and reading all 9 chapters in Amos. The shift is from Judah back to Israel and the rule of Jeroboam II.

...continue reading "Intro to Amos (Israel)"

Previously, I read about Isaiah and his relationship with Ahaz in the context of II Kings and II Chronicles. This is why the chronological approach has been helpful to me. I wouldn't have remembered the exact context when reading these books separately. Next we see the early manifestation of Isaiah's prophesy.

...continue reading "Isaiah 8 (Judah)"

Isaiah begins with his indictment of Judah's behavior and a prophesy of their future which is also a parallel to the end times. Then we flash back to read about his calling. Now we are back in his historical timeline with the kings of his time.

...continue reading "II Kings 16; II Chron 28 & Isaiah 7 (Judah)"

This is it! Having completed his indictment and discourse to the people of Judah (and any of us here for the end times), the timeline seems to shift and Isaiah goes back to describe the events of his calling as a prophet of the Lord.

...continue reading "Isaiah 6 (Judah)"

Chapter 3 ends with the proud, seductive daughters of Zions being taken and abused as slaves in this time of terror and desolation. Chapter 4 opens with women so desperate for a husband, they agree to support themselves.

...continue reading "Isaiah 4 (Judah)"