About the Book of Amos
Amos came from a town called Tekoa. It was near Jerusalem, in the country called Judah. He was a shepherd who took care of sheep.
The country on the north side of Judah was called Israel. God's special people who were descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel lived in Judah and in Israel. The big city in Judah was Jerusalem. The king there was called Uzziah. The big city in Israel was Samaria. The king there was called Jeroboam. He was Israel's second king that was called Jeroboam.
God's temple was in Jerusalem, which was in Judah. The Israelites met there to worship God and to offer sacrifices. But the kings of Israel did not like it when their people went to Judah to worship God. So a long time ago, the first king called Jeroboam had made a place to worship God in Israel. It was in Bethel town. God was not happy about that. God chose Amos to leave his home in Judah and go and speak to the people of Israel. God told Amos what he should say to them.
In this book, we read God's message that Amos spoke. Amos also explains the dreams that God showed to him.
First, Amos spoke messages against the people who lived in the countries round Israel. He told those people, ‘You have done wrong things. God will send trouble to you.’ When the people in Israel heard that, they agreed. They said, ‘Yes, God should send trouble to them.’
But then Amos spoke to the people in Israel. He told them, ‘You also have done wrong things. The rich people have not been fair to poor people. They have taken money and land away from the poor people. Rich people have sold poor people to other rich people. So then those poor people have to work for those other people.’
God is good and kind. But sometimes his people do not listen to him and they do not obey him. Then he will send trouble to them. That will help them stop the wrong things that they are doing. God loves his people. He wants them to choose good things instead of wrong things.
Amos told the people, ‘God will send trouble.’ He told them about the dreams that God showed to him.
God made a promise to the people that lived in Israel. He said, ‘After the bad things have come, I will save Israel's people. I will again send good things to those that have not died.’