Deliverance will only occur when the cry of Africa catches the attention of God. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help went up to God (Exodus 2:23). Psalms 107:13-16 similarly describes thebreaking free of oppression: “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved[…]

Text: Jonah 1:1-17 The Lord commanded Jonah to go to Nineveh and announce God’s judgement against it for the people’s wickedness had come before the Lord (vv.1-2). The wickedness of Nineveh included, but was not limited to: (1). Evil plots against God (Nah. 1:9); (2). Exploitation of the weak (Nah. 2:12); (3). Cruelty in war[…]

Text: Obadiah God is going to judge Edom because of several reasons: (1). Edom had rejoiced over the misfortunes of Israel and Judah, despite being occupied by close relatives (Gen. 25:19-26); (2). Edomites were proud because of their location which to them was unassailable by her enemies, and therefore gave them sense of self sufficiency[…]

Text: Amos 9:1-15 It is bad news that judgement is going to begin at the altar (v.1), the place where people expected blessings from God. People have refused to adhere to the Words of God through His prophets, now His anger has been kindled to the point of harsh confrontation with His people. And there[…]

Text: Amos 8:1-14 In his fourth vision, Amos sees a basket of summer fruit. In Hebrew, “summer fruit” and “end” are similar so the vision shows that Israel’s “end has come” (v.2). It can also mean that the summer sun has ripened the fruit, meaning that Israel was ripe or has reached a peak for[…]

Text: Amos 7:1-17 Two times Amos is confronted with visions of impending punishment upon God’s people (vv.1-6). In each case Amos would pray to God and He would relent. Does this mean prayers can change God’s mind? No! Otherwise, one would be suggesting that God can improve on Himself. Instead God causes us to pray[…]

Text: Amos 6:1-14. Amos pointed his attacks to those living complacent and luxurious lives in Judah and Israel (vv.1-6). Your wealth and comfort may deceive you that you are secure, but God requires you not to neglect the needs of the poor around you. God does not entertain selfishness. Learn to put the needs of[…]

Text: Amos 5:1-27 To Israeli’s surprise, Amos sang to them a funeral song as if they were already dead (v.1). They believed in their wealth and religious practices to which Amos assures them amounted to nothing. Their only remedy was to come back to the Lord and live (v.6). In seeking God there is hope;[…]

Text: Amos 4:1-13 The “cows of Bashan” (ESV), were wealthy women of Israel (v.1). They selfishly encouraged the husbands to oppress the poor in order to maintain their lavish lifestyles. Sarcastically, Amos calls people to continue sinning in Bethel and Gilgal (v.4) as they worshiped Idols and not God there. At Bethel, God had renewed[…]

Text: Amos 3:1-15 The Lord laments that it’s Israel He has known (v.2). The Hebrew word for “know” has several meanings, including sexual relations (Gen. 4). However, here it denotes God’s Sovereignty in choosing or electing of Israel; God never chose Israel because they deserved special treatment; it was all by God’s grace (Deut.9:4-6). They[…]