Who hasn’t heard of Jonah? As the brunt of numerous jokes and the classic example of a rebel, he's the most well-known prophet. His story—familiar to young and old alike—has been proclaimed, analyzed, criticized, and assaulted for centuries. Viewed by critics as something between parable and fable, the veracity of Jonah’s book has suffered greatly. To most scholars, it’s merely a myth, little more than a humorous legend that originated in the mind of some creative soul in antiquity.
God's judgment isn't something we like to think about—it's much easier to focus on His other attributes like love, compassion, and grace. But the Bible has a lot to say about God's judgment. From the Old Testament to the New, God has never winked at sin.
In the section of the Bible known as the Prophets, there are four points of interest that are interwoven together:
- The prophet’s own times—his particular situation
- The imminent threat of the nations’ captivity by Assyria and Babylon as well as its eventual restoration
- The coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ
- The literal, millennial reign of Messiah as King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Israel (the northern kingdom) was steeped in religiosity, immorality, compromise, and complacency. The same evils plague much of our world today. In Israel, as is true today, a strong voice was needed—a determined, disciplined, courageous man of God to proclaim the truth and denounce sin. Amos was just the man!
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