Amos the Prophet: Message of Mission

Mission-StatementFor Amos, the movements of the nations are under the guidance of Yahweh[1] (Amos 1–2), just as those of Israel. The affirmation that Israel belongs to Yahweh as much as Ethiopia belongs to Yahweh, and that Syria and Philistia had exodus event under the guidance of Yahweh,[2] raises the question of the relation of mission to the preceding actions of God within a people and culture. Yahweh had a “hidden history” with these other peoples; yet such hidden action did not convert them to Yahwism or submerge their histories into that of Israel. Yahweh’s participation in their histories was not an exact replica of Israel’s narrative.  The dominant message of Amos was that of justice, that is, righteousness as the covenantal relationship of the people in society. The identity of Israel consists in reflecting on earth the righteousness of Yahweh. When Israel fails in this, it is ready for rejection and destruction.  Finally, Amos points us the dangers of a certain belief in election. God has no favourites. Election is only a call to a greater responsibility before God and for the world.[3]


[1] Cf. D. E. Gowan, The Book of Amos: Introduction, Commentary and Reflections, NIB, Vol. VII, Abingdon Press, Nashville, (1996), 423-424.

[2] Cf. D. E. Gowan, The Book of Amos: Introduction, Commentary and Reflections, NIB, Vol. VII, Abingdon Press, Nashville, (1996), 423.

[3] Cf. D. E. Gowan, The Book of Amos: Introduction, Commentary and Reflections, NIB, Vol. VII, Abingdon Press, Nashville, (1996), 425.

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2 thoughts on “Amos the Prophet: Message of Mission

  1. Thank you Sharon a good message and very True, God has no favourites, it’s not the outside that counts but what’s in our heart. Yes as Men and Woman we have different roles, Men are to be in Loving Authority and Leadership, Woman are to submit and be their Helpmates, to support spiritually, emotionally , mentally and physically, this is in willing submission to God first and builds respect and deep Love and Unity but not if it’s forced.

    Galatians 3:27-29 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

    Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

    1 Corinthians 12:12-14 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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