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Comparison of the biblical prophets Amos and Haggai

Jurisprudence and the Bible
REL 122

Dr. Beggs

11 March 2018

In comparing the biblical prophets Amos and Haggai, the similarities of their plight to save the people of God is overwhelming. The prophetAmos described the consequences that would come to people who had turned their backs on God. Amos’ warnings were not meant only for his day, but also for this day. Amos, meaning “burden-bearer”, inhabited the rugged region of Tekoa, located in the territory of Judah about 12 miles south of Jerusalem. He was a shepherd and tended to sycamore fig trees (Amos 7:14-15). Despite the fact that he lived in the southern kingdom of Judah, God …show more content…
The book of Haggai was written in 520 B.C, with the fall of Babylon approximately 19 years earlier in 539 B.C. Under the rule of the Persian King Cyrus, the Jews were encouraged to return to their country of origin and to rebuild the Jerusalem temple so that their God would once again have a house to live in (Ezra 1:1-4). However, after many years in Babylonian captivity the Jews had built homes, started successful businesses, married and raised families. As might be expected, many were reluctant to leave their safe way of like for their troubled homeland. The Jews became confused about what their true priorities were. Haggai was sent to them with a message of exhortation and hope to complete the construction of the temple (Swindol, …show more content…
Amos is one of the prophets who documented what is ahead for the people and nations of the world. The nations of modern Israel (United States) is facing unprecedented national tragedies. Our nation is riddled with war, school shootings, poverty, racial divide, crime, and a plethora of other troubles. Amos provides a brief outline of these events (Amos 4:6-12 and 5:1-3). Even in the midst of our nation’s tribulations, Yet God pleads: “Seek good and not evil, that you may live; so the LORD God of hosts will be with you. Hate evil, love good; establish justice in the gate. It may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph” (Amos 5:14-15). Unfortunately, God’s pleading fell on deaf ears then and continues to be ignored by some

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