Amos 1:1 “The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.”
No special requirements needed by God-called prophets. After all, they speak for God not for themselves. Jesus had the same idea when he chose desciples. God looks deeper than age, occupation or even speaking ability. The prophet becomes the mouth of God and God furnishes all the prophet needs to get the job done. As we have seen that talent varies fro prophet to prophet.
Israel has been divided into two kingdoms with two separate kings in the mind of the people but to God, He is still the leader of both government bodies. God sees trouble for both governments. He also sees it for the people around the two kingdoms. The sins of all these kingdoms are many and are described in each case as three sins and four. Three is the perfect number for God and four is the perfect number for men. What might the prophet be saying here?
Task for Today: Be sure you notice that God is calling everyone to account. Being the people of God will not stop the punishment. Sin has a penalty for nations and for people. Where do you stand with God on this day? What do you need to change in your life? Today is a good day to take stock and see if there are three, no four transgressions in your life? Fix them right away.