25 Mar 2010

Amos at a Glance: Redefining Righteousness

Author: Bobby Valentine | Filed under: Amos, Bible, Exegesis, Hebrew Bible, Kingdom, Preaching

Greetings from the land of Saguaros and Scorpions. I have planned out four or five blogs on the prophet Amos and hope to have them all up by the beginning of next week. My overarching theme is redefining righteousness … and how Amos radically challenges what religious people think that concept might be. My initial post is an outline of the book:

Amos at a Glance:

I. International Relations are Subject to Yahweh’s Righteousness (1.1-2.5)
1. Damascus’ Crime (1.3f)
2. Gaza’s {Philistia} Crime (1.6ff)
3. Tyre’s Crime (1.9ff)
4. Edom’s Crime (1.11ff)
5. Ammon’s Crime (1.13)
6. Moab’s Crime (2.1ff)
7. Judah’s Crime (2.4ff)

II. A Nation’s Internal Relations are Subject to Yahweh’s Righteousness (2.6-16)

III. Yahweh’s Court Date with Israel (3.1-15)

IV. Wealth – Not always a “Blessing” (ch.4)

V. Amos’ Funeral Song over Israel (5. 1-3)
1. Who looks out for the poor (5.4-17)
2. Religion without “justice/righteousness” is a stench to God (5.18-27)

VI. How Leisure Reflects Yahweh’s Righteousness (6.1-7)

VII. Pride in wealth, power, and nation can be Misplaced (6.8-14)

VIII. Visions of God’s Righteous Justice on Israel’s lack of righeousness/justice (ch.7)

IX. Using Religion to abuse of the Poor (ch.8)

X. The End – Almost (9.1-10)

XI. Grace In the End: God’s Righteousness Superior to Israel’s (9.11-15)

3 Responses to “Amos at a Glance: Redefining Righteousness”

  1. Frank Bellizzi Says:

    So far, so good. Looking forward to what’s next.

  2. kingdomseeking Says:

    Now your medlin’

    Looking forward to reading your thoughts.

    Grace and peace,

    K. Rex Butts

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