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1. Complete this sentence: When the Lord comes again I will probably be found ________ .
2. In the next three months, what one day are you anticipating the most?
3. The ancient Jews long for the day of the Lord’s coming (verse 18). What do you think they expect to happen? Why is Amos warning them not to be so eager?
4. Why does God despise their religious practices?
5. Verse 24 speaks of water being poured out forever. Elsewhere, water symbolizes life consecrated to God. Together, what does this water symbol imply for their worship? Their mission?
6. What is the “bottom line” for Israel?
7. Are you yearning for the “Day of the Lord”? Why or why not?
8. What do you think God would say about your worship?
- keep it up
- wake up
- shape up
- ship out
- other: ______
9. If Amos were preaching in your church, what would he speak on?
- justice for the poor
- false gods
In Amos’ day (as today), some religious people looked forward to “the day of the Lord”, when God would intervene personally in history and save His people. Israelites, assuming that “God is on our side”, thought it would be a great day for them. But Amos contradicted their expectations. In a few words, he depicted “the day of the Lord” as a nightmare.