Describe the circumstances which brought Amos face to face with Amaziah, the priest of Bethel

Amos denounced the
high places of Israel and pronounced that God would rise against the house of
Jeroboam with the sword. Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent word to king
Jeroboam that Amos had conspired against him and that the land was not able to
bear all his words. He said that Jeroboam would die by the sword and Israel
must go into exile. To Amos, Amaziah said, “O seer, go, flee to the land
of Judah, eat bread there, and prophesy there; but never again prohesy at
Bethel…”Amos replied, ‘I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; I am a
herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees. The Lord took me from following the
flock to go and prophesy to my people, Israel. Therefore, hear the word of theLord.
For ordering me to shut up, your wife shall become a harlot in the city; your
sons and daughters shall fall by the-; sword; your land shall be parcelled out
by line. You yourself shall die in an unclean land and Israel shall surely go
into exiled away from its land.”
Those who oppose God
should be condemned for the following reasons
  • Since God is our
    creator, it is condemnable : to oppose Him. 
  • Opponents of God are
    evil to others; they deceive others. 
  • They should be opposed because
    their teaching leads to unhappiness and destruction, 
  • They violate God’s
    law, word and will. 

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