The Book of Amos was written by the Minor Prophet, Amos. He prophesized during the reign of Jeroboam II, during the years 786-746 B.C. Amos was not a ‘formal’ prophet, because he had not entered into the prophetical office, nor had he attended a prophetic school as a young boy. He was called to address the Northern half of the kingdom, whereas he was from the Southern half. He was rejected due to his birthplace and because the people of
Amos was a wealthy shepherd and he owned sycamore tree orchard. He lived in the shepherd’s town of
Amos was very weary of accepting his calling by God because he would have to address the people of the
He was rejected by his people due to the fact that he had not been properly trained, that he was from the Southern Kingdom, and that he told them what they did not want to hear. This is like the teaching of Jesus that all true prophets are rejected while they are alive. Amos spoke mainly of how many people were becoming too over indulged into wealth, and were slipping away from their religious duties. This makes sense when we look at the time period. The reign of Jeroboam II is considered to be one of the most prosperous for kingdom. It is looked at as the last great reign before the kingdom began to collapse, so it would make sense that the people were becoming richer and were turning away from religion.
The priest of
Amos was rejected due to the fact that people did not want to hear what he was saying about them, and once again shows us that most great prophets, major or minor, were not accepted while they were living.