Amos and Obadiah Questions and Answers
Minor prophets: Amos and Obadiah
Amos and Obadiah are both minor prophets. The book of Amos has five chapters while Obadiah has only one. Since these were both shorter books, I combined Amos and Obadiah into a single article.
Amos the prophet of God called to the Israelites for them to repent from their sins of idolatry and self-righteousness to receive God’s blessings again. He also told of coming judgement against the northern kingdom of Israel.
What is a “herdsman” in Amos 1:1? This is a keeper of animals like sheep or cows, etc. Similar to a shepherd but not exclusively a keeper of sheep.
What does God mean if you do three transgressions He will do nothing but if you do four transgressions, He will hurt you? The term for “For three transgressions…and for four…” this is figurative for excess, repeated, many transgressions.
Back in that time when someone played a trumpet something bad was to take place? The trumpet was a signal to sound an alarm.
What is a “tumults” in Amos 3:9? Tumult – confusion and disorder, chaos. The plural of this word means that there are many of these events.
Who or what is “kine of Bashan” in Amos 4:1? “Kine” is a term for “cows”. What God is saying through the prophet Joel here is a warning for those rich men of Samaria who oppress the poor and needy. God is calling them well fed cows and is warning them of judgment from Him.
In Amos 4 God was telling the people all that He done to them and they still did not turn back to Him. Yes, you are right.
Who are they talking about in Amos 5:2? “The virgin of Israel” refers to the entire state or country of Israel which was for hundreds of years independent and never conquered by foreigners. Now because of their idolatry, God has allowed them to be conquered, spoiled by invaders.
What are the seven stars in Amos 5:8? This is a reference to a common constellation. I am not sure which one exactly. Orion is also the name of a constellation.
Who would trust in a mountain (Amos 6:1)? The term “mountain” here means kingdom. Specifically in this context it is a reference to the kingdom of Samaria.
What can’t 10 men live one house in Amos 6:9? They can, but what this verse is saying that even if people band together, to help each other, they will all still die.
Why are they saying Jacob is small? The nation of Israel sometimes referred to as “Jacob” was reduced by calamites because of God’s judgments.
God was letting grasshoppers eat up all of the grass to punish His people. Yes, there was a famine in the land which would happen if all of the green plants were destroyed by insects and the locusts also represent all of the nations that God allowed to come and wreak havoc on the land as punishment.
Amos was to go in the land of Judah. Amaziah just wanted to get rid of Amos since Amos was obeying God.
What is a herdsman? This is a keeper of animals like sheep or cows, etc. A herdsman is similar to a shepherd but not exclusively a keeper of sheep.
What do “shewed me” in Amos 8:1? “Shew” is an old fashioned spelling for our word “show”. So read this as “showed me”.
What does God mean “I will not again pass by them anymore.” in Amos 8:2? God is saying that His people Israel are ripe for His judgments and He will not withhold them anymore.
What does “making the ephah small” mean in Amos 8:5? The ephah was a measure of weight. These people were diminishing the actual weight of good while at the same time charging more for less.
Did people were shoes back then? Yes, they did.
Did the Lord GOD made the sun go down at noon in Amos 8:9? No this was yet in Amos’ future. Either this means that there would be a natural disasters like an earthquake which sometimes darkens the sky prior to happening or it could be that God’s judgment would be so serve that the people would feel that everything was dark and gloomy even in the middle of the day.
Nobody was speaking the Word of God. The people did not want to hear God so He said the He would not have His Word spoken because sometimes you don’t appreciate what you have until it is gone.
What does “Beersheba” mean in Amos 8:14? Beersheba was a place where Jereboam set up golden calves to worship.
What prophecy are they talking about in Amos 9:11? This prophecy refers to the millennial reign of Christ.
I just don’t understand Amos 9. Verses 1-10 describe a vision where God declares the final ruin of the kingdom of Israel and the scattering of His people. Verses 11-15 are looking forward to the kingdom age.
Book of Obadiah
Obadiah the prophet prophesied telling that God will judge those who are against His people. Obadiah’s prophecy was specifically against the Edomities.
What are they talking about in Obadiah 1:1? This is referring the enemies of Israel, the Edomites, who were descendants of Esau. God is saying that He will stir up the Assyrian against them because they were prideful and hurt Israel.
Finished with Amos and Obadiah? Continue your Bible study with questions on Jonah.