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					What does a prophet?

 What does it profit?
“The prophets are weird and confusing,
  they all sound alike.”

                          Philip Yancey's student
                       Weird

   Visions
   Complicated language
   End of the world
    May 21st 2011




                               William Blake “The Ghost of a Flea”
              Three CONs

   CONtext not timeless
   CONversation not monologue

   CONversion not prediction

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          3 cons: Context

   God acts in history
   Jesus as the supreme act of God
   Scripture always rooted in:
         time
         place
         People
   Isaiah 7
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Syro-Ephramite War
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           Syro-Ephraimite War

Isaiah 7
   Sign for Ahaz
   Fulfilment
    3 cons: Conversation

   Occasionally the prophets heard “voices”
   More often they saw visions
   More often still they heard puns!
   But we readers need to “hear voices”
   Micah 2
                                      Micah 2:1-7
Alas for those who devise wickedness and evil deeds on their beds! When the
morning dawns, they perform it,
    because it is in their power.
2 They covet fields, and seize them; houses, and take them away; they oppress
householder and house, people and their inheritance.
3 Therefore thus says the LORD:
Now, I am devising against this family
    an evil from which you cannot remove your necks;
    and you shall not walk haughtily,
         for it will be an evil time.
4 On that day they shall take up a taunt song against you,
    and wail with bitter lamentation, and say,
"We are utterly ruined;
    the LORD alters the inheritance of my people;
         how he removes it from me!
Among our captors he parcels out our fields."
5 Therefore you will have no one to cast the line by lot in the assembly of the
LORD. 6 "Do not preach"-- thus they preach-- "one should not preach of such
things; disgrace will not overtake us."
7 Should this be said, O house of Jacob? Is the LORD's patience exhausted?
Are these his doings? Do not my words do good to one who walks uprightly?
          3 cons: Conversion

   What were prophets trying to do?
   Jonah 2 views:
       Jonah upset because of failure
       Jonah upset because he “can't trust God to
        be unmerciful”!
       Deciding the matter?
       What does God say?
Amos 5:18ff.
          Amos 5:18ff.

   CONtext

When did Amos preach?
                         CONtext

   Amos 1:1 Jeroboam (Israel) and Uzziah (Judah)
       Power: borders almost like David
           Control of highways, taxes, growth of army and cities
                         CONtext

   Amos 1:1 Jeroboam (Israel) and Uzziah (Judah)
       Power: borders almost like David
           Control of highways, taxes, growth of army and cities
       Wealth
           Greed (Amos 6:1ff.)
           Oppression (Amos 5:10-13)
                         CONtext

   Amos 1:1 Jeroboam (Israel) and Uzziah (Judah)
       Power: borders almost like David
           Control of highways, taxes, growth of army and cities
       Wealth
           Greed (Amos 6:1ff.)
           Oppression (Amos 5:10-13)
   Amos 5:18 Day of the Lord
       Time when God puts things right
                 Amos 5:18ff.

   CONversation

Is there more than one “voice”
        Questions imply someone to answer

        5:21 change of “speaker”
           Amos 5:18ff.


   CONversion

    What change does Amos want?
                    Amos 5:18ff.

   Conclusions so far (from 3 CONs)
       Israel is part of the problem not the solution
        vv.18-20
       God rejects Israel's worship vv.21-23
       God wants justice and righteousness
         Justice and righteousness

   Word pair
       Same type of word
       Found together, used in parallel
       Completeness,     difference,       sameness
        heaven & earth      cats & dogs   justice & righteousness

   Justice & righteousness
     Greed & oppression
            Justice & righteousness
              Greed & oppression

   Greed
       Amos 6:1ff.
Photo by Anthony Albright
            Justice & righteousness
              Greed & oppression
   Greed
       Amos 6:1ff.
       Supermarkets,
Photo by slgckgc
            Justice & righteousness
              Greed & oppression
   Greed
       Amos 6:1ff.
       Supermarkets, weight-watchers, throwaway
Throway society
photo by Liz
of perspicacious.org
            Justice & righteousness
              Greed & oppression
   Greed
       Amos 6:1ff.
       Supermarkets, weight-watchers, throwaway
   Oppression
       Amos 5:10-13
People choose to live on the Mae Sot Rubbish Dump because life there is better than in Burma
Photo by Jacob Baynham
             Oppression




Eight-year-old twins Hassan and Hussein open cocoa pods in Ivory Coast.
Photo by Jessica Dimmock, CNN
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