Amos 7:10-17

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Amaziah Tells Amos to Stop His Ministry and Go Back Home

Amos 7:10-17

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Lesson Number 10

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Unbelievers will attempt to slander and silence those who speak God’s word
  2. Believers must share the good news and the bad news with those who doubt God’s word.

Practical Application

  1. Go when you’re sure God’s calling you.


  1. Name the three visions of Amos recorded in Amos Chapter 7.
  2. Who tried to silence Amos and send him back to Bethel?
  3. Was there still an idolatrous shrine at Bethel?
  4. Was God’s sanctuary at Bethel?
  5. Which other prophet was beginning his ministry in the Northern Kingdom at the same time as Amos?
  6. Did Amos preach throughout the Northern Kingdom?


  1. The vision of the locusts, the vision of the fire, and the vision of the plumb line.
  2. Amaziah, a false priest of Bethel.
  3. Yes.
  4. No, it was not God’s sanctuary but the king’s sanctuary.
  5. Hosea
  6. No. He preached only at Bethel.


  1. The false priest went to King Jeroboam II and falsely accused Amos of being a part of a conspiracy to get rid of the king. Amos, however, knew that he had been called by God, so he continued with God’s message to the people. When slandered, the Bible teaches us to deny the false charge as briefly and as concisely as we can, then get on with the job. Read Nehemiah 6. Has someone falsely accused you when you have presented God’s word?
  2. Amaziah, the apostate priest, doubted God’s word. Amos personalized the word to Amaziah. This meant sharing both the good news and the bad news of God’s word. Do you share the whole gospel? Do you hesitate to personalize the gospel?


  1. Amos left a successful business when God called him to prophesy. Go when you’re sure God’s calling you.

Key Verses

  • “The land is not able to bear all of his (Amos’) words” Amos 7:10
  • “The Lord took me…and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy’…now therefore, hear the word of the Lord.” Amos 7:15-16

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