Amos spends the first two chapters of his book prophesying judgement upon the nations of the world (at the time, these nations were Aram, Philistine, Phoenicia, Moab, Edom, Ammon, Judah and Israel). The reason he is able to prophesy judgement upon these nations is not that Amos predicted the future, but he knew that God is not the kind of God who allows sin to go unpunished. Moreover, God is not the kind of God who grants ‘his people’ (i.e. Israel) immunity from judgement. Everything about the geographic and biological structure of these ‘Oracles Against the Nations’ is designed to teach us that God does not play favourites. Everyone will one day stand before God and give an account for their life.
Jason Bryan-Brown preaching on Amos 1-2, on the 6th of August, 2017.