Book of Amos

The prophet is man who shares a bond with God that the common man cannot. He is, as Heschel says, ”attuned to a cry imperceptible to others”. He bears the duty of warning the people of God’s actions and thoughts regardless of whether or not they listen. For instance, in Amos, Amos tells the people of God’s disappointment and anger for their disobedience, lack of faith, and overall sins. However the people do not listen. Instead the expel him from, “…prophesy in Bethel; for it is the king’s sanctuary and a royal temple” (Amos 7:13). This brings us to another point; the people do not like the prophets. Herschel questions as to why the cities even let them rant. However, a prophet does not enjoy his work. He was granted a power that he must bear no matter what. It is a blessing and a curse so to speak. Herschel describes his as, “distasteful to him and repugnant to others; no reward is promised to him and no reward can temper his bitterness”. Even Amos admits that, “They hate him who reproves in the gate/ They abhor him who speaks the truth” (Amos 5:10). This demonstrates the Amos too must face the burden.
I do believe that there are still prophet in the world today. There are many “prophets”, that you may hear on the news that claim a rapture is coming, but those I believe are fakes. However I think that we, as a world, have sinned and should correct ourselves. I think there might be legitimate people telling us to correct our wrongdoings but there words fall on deaf ears.

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4 thoughts on “Book of Amos

  1. Your reflections on the prophet’s unique bond with God reflects some of the tension in the stories of the biblical prophets and helps explain why many of them found their prophetic vocation very burdensome. It reminded me of a line from Jeremiah, my personal favorite among the prophets: “I say to myself, I will not mention him, I will speak in his name no more. But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it” (Jeremiah 20:9).

  2. I like that you specifically underscore the fact that the prophets were not very popular guys in their communities. I think that can also be seen a lot in Luke 4:16-29 when Jesus is run out of Galilee for claiming to be a prophet. It’s hard to take criticism, especially if the criticizer claims to be speaking for God.

  3. You did a good job pointing out the duality of being a prophet during this time. Many people don’t realize that being a prophet can be more of a curse than a blessing. Also, I agree with you that there are possible prophets alive today.

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