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by Witness Dingani
29 Jun 2016 at 06:13hrs | Views
QN "Amos deserve to be regarded as a prophet of doom" Examine this view .To what extent do Zimbabwean church leaders warn people ?(25) -pt 55

DIVINITY REVISION QUESTIONS | 29 JUNE 2016

COMMENT OVERVIEW


The country prophet "Amos" in this case is regarded as a prophet of doom. Amos have been given different names. Some labeled him as a madman. Scholar Vauld concluded that Amos was a poet. It is prudent at this stage to remember that Israelites never regarded Amos as a prophet of doom because the bible our primary source doesn't say so .Therefore, this will lead one to suggest that scholars were responsible for coining the name .

 - Most students tend to conclude that "Israelites regarded Amos as a prophet of doom "If we to agree ,then will be making violence on a plain language .[check my argument ].

 - Dr Thomas Constable define doom as a message of destruction whereas U.S.A English dictionary defines doom as countable historical A judgment or decision

An impending severe problem or danger that seems inevitable. Or a feeling of danger, impending danger, darkness or despair

 - This will help us to understand Amos.



ANSWERS


 - Amos can be regarded as a prophet of doom because of his oracles concerning Israel and surrounding nations .The surrounding nations such as Gaza,Edom,Moab,Tyre ,e.t.c were condemned because of their sins [I once wrote an article concerning sins of the nations and punishment]. Amos used the catch words "For three transgressions and for four I will not revoke the punishment" This indicates that Yahweh was not going to loosen the punishment which he had imposed to the Israelites ,this is recorded in Amos 1:3-2:6.As, such one will be left with no choice but to suggest that Amos deserve to be regarded as a prophet of doom.

 - The similes and metaphors which Amos used to deliver his message bear elements of destruction, this is valid when one closely analyze Amos 1:2 "motto" ,Amos 2:11-13,Amos 3:8 and Amos 3:12 .The above biblical references contain the message of destruction, hence ,one will be forced to suggest that Amos deserve to be regarded as a prophet of doom.

 - Amos used a songs to deliver his message of destruction. The songs which Amos used had elements of doom ,this has led number of authors and authoress to label it as a "funeral dirge "Amos believed that Israel's destruction was inevitable, this is recorded in Amos 5:2 and Amos 5:16 This has been further supported by scholars like Constable in his Amos notes page 55 who submitted dirge was a song which was sung at funeral's friend ,hence Israelites were going to mourn .As such this validate that Amos deserve to be regarded as a prophet of doom.

 - Amos believed that during the day of the lord ,it will be day of destruction and endless weeping.[Remember the Israelites expected joy during the day of the Lord].The visions of Amos had elements of destruction [we all know the visions of Amos ].The above points can be supported by Amos 5:18 and Amos 7:1 to chapter 8.All this augment the view that Amos deserve to be regarded as a prophet of doom .

N.B There are so many points which can be added



HOWEVER PART


It can be argued that Amos doesn't totally deserve to be regarded as a prophet of doom ,as there are some elements of hope in his book .For instance in Amos 5:4 "seek me and live" This indicates that those who repented survived ,hence disqualifying the view that Amos can be regarded as a prophet of doom.

~Hope in last chapters of his book can be added even though some scholars doubt that Amos authored these chapters [What remains is that the bible doesn't tell us that later editors wrote this chapter beware ] ~In Amos 3:12 and Amos 7:2 there are some elements of hope ,hence ,Amos does not totally deserve to be regarded as a prophet of doom.

 - In Zimbabwean context, number of so many prophets have delivered messages of warning. This is true in the case of the story of Emmanuel Makandiwa which was recorded by Chronicles, Bulawayo24.com,Newsday in 2015 warning the Zimbabwean leaders to build bigger prisons as he had foresaw the economic meltdown. Therefore, this proves to us that Zimbabwean prophets deliver the message of warning.

Number of points can be added ,Local newspapers will assist us

HOWEVER PART

There are some prophets in Zimbabwe who deliver a message of destruction /punishment[Remember there is difference between warning and punishment]. The story of the prophet "Major Provovo man of style" Uebert Angel who delivered two visions ["My vision to hell and Heaven"]

There are so many points which can be added



QUESTION DEMANDS


 - Examine the validity of the statement and showing extent.

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