Notes for Bible Study

The Book of Amos

By the Rev. Dr. Elder Cumming of Glasgow

Taken from Things to Come Magazine, 1894


I. The History of Israel is implied by Amos.

1. Their Religious History

They had a law from God Himself, consisting of separate commandments, (ii. 4.)

Which they did not keep, but despised, (ii. 4.)

Their fathers did also so. (ii. 4.)

They were greedy and oppressive, (ii. 6.)

They were impure (ii. 7), idolatrous (ii. 8).

They had earlier prophets, (ii. 11; vii. 14; viii. 11.)

God had spoken by these, (viii. 11.)

They were the only race that knew God. (iii. 2.)

Bethel and Gilgal had been places of transgression, (iii. 14.)

2. Their Internal History

The people had once been one. (iii. 1.)

Now, Zion was not grieved for the trouble of Joseph, (vi. 6.) High places of Isaac were known — Moriah and Beersheba, etc. (vii. 9.)

David's instruments of music, (vi. 5.)

Bethel was the king's chapel, (vii. 13.)

3. External History

Brought out of Egypt, (ii. 10; iii. 1; ix. 7; v. 25.)

In the wilderness forty years, (ii. 10; v. 23.)

Amorites destroyed before them. (ii. 9, 10.)

Idolatry in the wilderness, (v. 25, 26.)

Covenant with Tyre. (i. 9.)

Gilead destroyed, (i. 13.)

Sodom, (iv. 11.)

Much of David's dominions lost. (ix. 11.)

II. Sacrifices of Mosaic Law referred to

Burnt-offerings, (iv. 4; v. 22.)

Meat-offerings, (v. 22.)

Peace-offerings, v. 22 (only the fat Jo be burnt). Thank-offerings, (iv. 5.)

Freewill offerings, (iv. 5.)

Feast days and solemn assemblies, (v. 21.)

New moon service, (viii. 5.)

Sabbath law. (viii. 5.)

Law as to debt. (viii. 6.)

Law as to Nazarite, ii. 11, 12 (touching wine).

Law as to baldness for dead. (viii. 10.)

The altar of burnt-offering, (ix. 1.)