Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent a message to Jeroboam, king of Israel: “Amos is hatching a plot against you right here on your very doorstep! What he is saying is intolerable. He is saying, ‘Jeroboam will soon be killed, and the people of Israel will be sent away into exile.’” Then Amaziah sent orders to Amos: “Get out of here, you prophet! Go on back to the land of Judah, and earn your living by prophesying there! Don’t bother us with your prophecies here in Bethel. This is the king’s sanctuary and the national place of worship!” But Amos replied, “I’m not a professional prophet, and I was never trained to be one. I’m just a shepherd, and I take care of sycamore-fig trees. But the Lord called me away from my flock and told me, ‘Go and prophesy to my people in Israel.’
Amos 7:10-15 NLT
Then Amaziah the priest of Beth–el sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words. For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land. Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there: But prophesy not again any more at Beth–el: for it is the king's chapel, and it is the king's court. Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycamore fruit: And the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.
Amos 7:10-15 KJV
Greetings, beloved in the name of our Lord, God of the Angels Armies. Blessing be into you from on high. This week, I introduce a word from God that i believe He is revealing to His people for a time of repentance. The foundation of our message for this month is founded in Amos, chapter number seven. God revealed
So let's get to work.
In order for you to appreciate where in coming from and where I'm going, I must give you some content to compliment my context. Amos, is a shepherd in Tekoa, who has flock to attend as well as figs to gather. In this day, shepherds were an example of pastors, while priest where political officers to the kings. So Amos briefly tells us in the fifteenth verse "the Lord called me away from my flock and told me, ‘Go and prophesy to my people in Israel.’" First thing we noticed is God rarely uses people who isn't already working. Whenever God calls you, He pre-trains you. Most of Amos life, he has been pasturing - taking care of sheep. Feeding them and gathering food for them. Then God calls him out of nowhere to start prophesying to nations. So from chapter one until chapter seven verse twelve this dude is running around prophesying and no one says anything to him. Cool. I have no problem with that. Because I believe God is about to raise up a generation that will be as Paul in Galatians 1 verse 11 & 12 when he said " the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. See, the thing about church today is that too many people are focused on teachings something that did not come from God. (Ref: 1 Timothy 6:3 & Galatians 1:8) So, this is where we found ourselves in today's text. In Amos chapter seven, this low-level shepherd has been upgraded to decree and declare the God's heart for the people. (Look at your neighbor, and say "neighbor, started from the bottom now I'm here.")
This is where we address our first topic on today, Division in the Kingdom.
Originally when God established his Kingdom, or in other words when God brought His people out from under the system of the Egyptians, He used Moses & Aaron to govern the people - the prophet and the priest worked hand in hand to give direction to the Kingdom/People of God.
Old Testament - refers to God's people as the Children of Israel;
New Testament - refers to God's people as the Body of Christ;
However, both names is acknowledgement of the Kingdom or Government of God
Kingdom can be defined as - the territory ruled by a King or Queen.
Synonyms: domain, empire, principality, nation, realm, or estate
So, the issue now is, God has risen up yet another prophet out of Judah to speak to Israel & their King
WHY IS THIS THAT A PROBLEM?
Look at your neighbor and say "Neighbor a prophet isn't received well, in his own home nor in someone's else home."
Although, Judah was separate geographically, Judah was still considered part of the House of Israel
Now traditionally, before their was a king, the Prophet led/ governed the people through God's voice
At First, it was Moses & Aaron; Prophet & Priest,
They governed power as - Pharaoh & Prophet (Ref: Exodus 4 & Exodus 7)
However, along the years, the Samuel grown old & the nation wanted a King (1 Samuel 12:12)
Saul then become King by the grace of God & he instruct everyone to follow the king & the prophet
(1 Samuel 11:7) - This is what will be done to the oxen of anyone who does not follow Saul and Samuel."
So from this point on God uses the King to enforce decrees & carry out judgments (because remember before there was Samuel & Saul, judges ruled over Israel - i.e. Gideon, Samson, Samuel)
However, every since Israel gained a king they lost respect for the prophet
Nevertheless, the COI comes into a season where they are doing things contrary to what God has said.
"Might I suggest, when you can't hear from God, find you somebody that can, because obedience is better…"
the Body of believers rolls into this corrupt stage in life where they are blind to their error & God has to raise up a Prophet to foretell their coursed ending and encourage them to repent. But offense is taken by the priest and the Prophet is portrayed as a the trouble maker.
Pause & Parenthetically digress to preach to all the hero's - "Might I suggest that every hero looks like a villain until their action & motive are discerned. It's called symptoms of the anointing"
Ask Spider-man, Batman, or Jesus
(Matthew 12:22) - Jesus was casting out devils when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.” Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?
The Second issue we have to address is, the Profession of the Prophet
The prophet has always been assigned to provide insight, encouragement, edification, direction, and/or correction as well as rebuke the nation or it's members.
Since the beginning of time, the prophet has be utilized by God to deliver the people of God (Hosea 12:13 )
From the revelatory teachings of the Prophet, the foundation of the church was built (Ephesians 2:20 )
From the belief and obedience of the Prophet, prosperity is Found in the live of the believers (2 Chronicle 20:20 )
Prophets Discern Sins Or Error ( Joshua 7:16 ) i.e. the discerning of Achan
It was a Prophet that laid hands on Paul to anoint him an Apostle ( Acts 9:10)
So the then is WHY IS THE PROPHET THE ISSUE?
Amos rebukes the House of Israel of there sin & gets offended.
1 Samuel 13:13 - Samuel Rebukes Saul, Saul gets offended
2 Samuel 12:13 - Nathan Rebukes David, repeats to God.
Often times, when a word of rebuke or correction comes forth we get offend, some even deny or hide their misfortune. However, forgiveness is found in repentance.
Another thing we must notice in our text, Amaziah, after being rebuke told Amos to go back to His own town and make a living by prophesying there.
Then Amaziah sent orders to Amos: “Get out of here, you prophet! Go on back to the land of Judah, and earn your living by prophesying there! Don’t bother us with your prophecies here in Bethel. This is the king’s sanctuary and the national place of worship!” ( Amos 7:12-13 NLT)
The church has recently be dealing with issue regarding the paying of preachers. I have personally experienced people's persecution concerning paying me as a Prophet.
However, we but be aware that some people are called as Prophet's while others are gifted to prophesy.
One thing we must remember is, during this time in the bible on Prophet's prophesied. It was rare to hear someone say "I can prophesy" unless they where of a pagan, or Egyptian descent. They were known for the practice Of magic and prophesy was a form of magic.
Nevertheless, the point I'm trying to make is the the Office of A Prophet, the Office of A Pastor, & Office of the Apostle is and occupation.
Look at your neighbor and say neighbor "It's a real Job, A REAL JOB."
Don’t you realize that those who work in the temple get their meals from the offerings brought to the temple? And those who serve at the altar get a share of the sacrificial offerings. 1 Corinthians 9:13 NLT
Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!” 1 Timothy 5:17-18 NLT
So currently, there is division in the Kingdom of God because Prophet's can't do their job and we label them as troublemakers.
Further to conclude this prolong passage our solution is simply. The Generation Rising Up