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KJV Commentary Outline, the International Sunday School Lesson

July 30
Lesson 9 (KJV)
Amos
Devotional Reading: Psalm 119:1–8
Background Scripture: Amos 7
Amos 7:10–17
10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel 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.
11 For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.
12 Also, Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:
13 But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king’s chapel, and it is the king’s court.
14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdsman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit:
15 And the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.
16 Now, therefore, hear thou the word of the Lord: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the house of Isaac.
17 Therefore thus saith the Lord; Thy wife shall be a harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and thy land shall be divided by line, and thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.

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Key Verses
Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdsman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit: and the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.
Amos 7:14, 15
God’s Urgent Call
Unit 2: Calling of Prophets
Lessons 5–9
Lesson Aims
After participating in this lesson, each learner will be able to:
1. Summarize the nature of the resistance to Amos’s message and his response to that resistance.
2. Compare and contrast that resistance with modern resistance to the gospel.
3. Write a short “letter to the editor” that contrasts a biblical view of a current controversy with the prevailing secular view.
Lesson Outline
Introduction
A. What’s My Profession?
B. Lesson Background: Israel in General
C. Lesson Background: Bethel in Particular
I. Professional Priest (Amos 7:10–13)
A. Report to the King (vv. 10, 11)
B. Rebuke for the Prophet (vv. 12, 13)
Outsiders
II. Professing Prophet (Amos 7:14–17)
A. Source of Authority (vv. 14–16)
Credentials
B. Essence of the Message (v. 17)
Conclusion
A. True to the Call
B. Prayer
C. Thought to Remember
HOW TO SAY IT
Ahab

Ay-hab.

Amaziah

Am-uh-zye-uh.

Azariah

Az-uh-rye-uh.

Amos

Ay-mus.

Assyrians

Uh-sear-e-unz.

Bethel

Beth-ul.

Elijah

Ee-lye-juh.

Elisha

Ee-lye-shuh.

Ezekiel

Ee-zeek-ee-ul or Ee-zeek-yul.

Jeroboam

Jair-uh-boe-um.

Mosaic

Mo-zay-ik.

Rehoboam

Ree-huh-boe-um.

Samaria

Suh-mare-ee-uh.

Uzziah

Uh-zye-uh.

Zion Zi-un.
What Do You Think?
How do we know when our message should primarily be one of dire warning?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
Regarding nations and their policies
Regarding other religions
Regarding individual people

What Do You Think?
How should we react when others try to restrict our message?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
When access to an audience is restricted
When topics of which we may speak are restricted
When threats are expressed or implied

Visual for Lesson 9. Point to this visual as you ask, “How do you relate the calls of Jesus’ disciples in Mark 1:16, 17 and of Amos to your own life?”

What Do You Think?
What are some deciding factors when considering a change in vocation?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
If changing from secular to ministerial
If changing from ministerial to secular

What Do You Think?
What are some steps to take when our message is rejected?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
When our motives are misrepresented
When our words are misquoted
When our character is questioned
Other

What Do You Think?
What are some ways to respond if a necessarily harsh message is rejected as “unloving”?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
Considering the agenda of those voicing objection
Considering validity of the objection

































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