Lesson 9: July 30, 2017
Amos’s Call: Amos 7:10-17
Teaching Strategy: Create a template for a “God’s Messengers” chart that showcases the individuals studied during Unit II (“Calling of Prophets”): Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Amos. Include, for example, the circumstances of each call, each recipient’s initial response to the call, the message to be delivered, the intended audience for the message, and the assurances given that would make it possible for each messenger to persevere and obey God’s call. What can we learn about “God’s urgent call” by comparing and contrasting God’s call to each of these prophets?
Amos was called to speak out against King Jeroboam and his advisors, undermining their authority and revealing their sinful ways. Amaziah, the chief priest, rejected Amos’s message and accused him of treason.
Invite participants to reflect on questions such as these: To what extent are “messengers of God” today called to speak out against leaders and policies in the church and/or political realm? How can they discern whether or not they are called to be such messengers? If they (or others) are speaking God’s truth in negative contexts, are their messages rejected? Is their loyalty questioned? How they can remain determined despite the opposition of others? How can they encourage others to persevere in responding to God’s call?
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