Sunday Sermon: The Tabernacle of David
I’ve really enjoyed this series, Divine Forecast. The past few weeks we have looked at Ezekiel and how his prophecies pointed to the Messiah, Jesus Christ. We looked at the glory of God, sheep in need of a Good Shepherd, and dry bones and the hope we have in Jesus.
This Sunday we will look at the prophet Amos. Amos was a shepherd and took care of sycamore-fig trees before God called him to be a prophet to Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam II. The years of Amos’ ministry were prosperous for Israel which were around 150-200 years before the exile.
Israel might have been wealthy but morally they were decayed. The rich people took advantage of the poor and oppressed them. There was hypocrisy in the people’s worship and also open idolatry. Amos was called by God to preach against this corruption.
It’s got to be hard to heed warnings when sinning seems to bring rewards and there has been no foreseeable punishment, this is what happened with Israel. They were content in their sin and idolatry. Sin promises life and may even “feel” fun for a time, but it ends in death.
After messages to the surrounding nations, Israel, and Israel’s leaders, Amos ends in a series of visions. At the very end of Amos, starting in Amos 9:11, there is a message of hope for the future.
I encourage you to read Amos 9 and Acts 15 as you prepare for Sunday, and I leave you with a few questions:
What is the tent of David talked about in both passages?
What is the difference between the tent of David and the root of David?
Why was Amos’ prophecy quoted in Acts in reference to gentile converts?