Just a Burdened Sheep Herder

“Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; Them also I must bring.” God used these words to give him the confidence to return to Africa for the rest of his life. Said of Peter Cameron Scott founder of the African Inland Mission.

There is a story in the Bible about a small town sheep herder named Amos. He not only had a heart for trusting God, but was burdened for the welfare of others.

Sheep come in all varieties…
Herding sheep is dusty and sometimes dangerous work
The way in which an interpreter reads Amos’s occupation as either a poor shepherd/day laborer or a very wealthy influential trader of sheep and/or figs—the two major sectors of Judah’s economy—has diverging implications, but the message that Amos preaches does not change. Amos’s commission to go to the powerful northern kingdom of Israel to speak inflammatory words against the elites is bold prophetic activism. John Ahn

He was a man who worked hard and believed in the importance of bearing one another’s burdens. He viewed the social injustices and ungodly influences around him and could not hold his tongue when it came to crying out for the people and to the God He served.

Amos was from Tekoa (1:1), a small town in Judah about 6 miles south of Bethlehem and 11 miles from Jerusalem. He was not a man of the court like Isaiah, or a member of a priestly family like Jeremiah and Ezekiel. He earned his living from the flock and the sycamore-fig grove (1:17:14-15).

Whether he owned the flocks and groves or only worked as a hired hand is not known. His skill with words and the strikingly broad range of his general knowledge of history and the world preclude his being an ignorant peasant. Though his home was in Judah, he was sent to announce God’s judgment on the northern kingdom (Israel). – wikipedia

God’s people had gone astray….

God’s Message: “Because of the three great sins of Israel – make that four – I’m not putting up with them any longer. They buy and sell upstanding people. People for them are only things – ways of making money. They’d sell a poor man for a pair of shoes. They’d sell their own grandmother!

Amos 2:6 (MSG)

Of course, this is from the modern message translation, but the idea is that both Judah and Israel whom God had rescued from Egypt, had become fat, rich and happy in the midst of the blessings from God, and had forgotten God himself who had provided these things. 

Israel had divided into two Kingdoms both who had abandoned their faithfulness to serving Yahweh and were worshipping many false gods

Before the Kingdom divided King Solomon had failed to steward God’s blessings and position honorably. Although he was the wisest man in the Kingdom, sin and failure to repent destroyed his life and affected generations.

All the Lord sees is our beauty, purpose and calling to be His children

God gives grace to the humble and destroys the pride of both the believer and the unbeliever.

No matter what color a sheep is just a sheep
Lamb of God is a title for Jesus that appears in the Gospel of John. It appears at John 1:29, where John the Baptist sees Jesus and exclaims, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” It appears again in John 1:36

Solomon shares,”For who knows what is good for a person in life, during the few and meaningless days they pass through like a shadow? Who can tell them what will happen under the sun after they are gone?”

God numbers our days and will one day call us home to His glory

Amos was just a burdened shepherd who not only had a burden for his sheep, but for Israel. He modeled God’s love for the world.

Jesus gives an open invitation to become his sons and daughters and to receive him and gain eternal life. He takes care of His sheep.

You can become part of His Kingdom, receive God’s free gift of salvation. Please contact me if you would like to know more how you can have a new life in Christ and be transformed into a new creature in Him?

Blessed is our Lord Most High,
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