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This page contains an interactive Bible study that you can do at home.  These Bible studies are changed each week, and they coordinate with the Bible lessons taught in Morningside's Sunday School each Sunday.

The At-Home Bible Study is easy to use.  Simply print this page, get your Bible and a pen or pencil, and begin learning.  If your Bible isnít handy, click on the verse references to read the Bible verses on your computer screen.  The studies are interactive, so you will be asked to read specific scripture verses and answer questions.  You'll be amazed how much you will learn from God's Word, the Bible.

Bookmark this page and come back each week to study the Bible in your own home.  To further your Bible learning, come to Sunday School at Morningside Baptist Church each Sunday at 8:45 a.m.

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August 28, 2016

Amos 8 - 9

A Different Kind of Famine




A famine is a time when there is a serious and life-threatening shortage of food.  The common causes of famine are drought, crop loss due to disease or pests, and human destruction such as occurs in time of war.  Famines result in widespread malnutrition, disease, and even death.  In ancient times people were dependent upon a good harvest for their very lives: if the crops were lost, starvation became a very real possibility.

Modern Americans have a hard time relating to such conditions because we have many well-stocked grocery stores from which we can purchase the food we need.  Imagine going to the store and finding the shelves empty.  You leave and go to another, only to find the same thing.  How long could you survive on the food in your house right now?  Soon you would be desperate to find food.

This lesson is about a famine, but a completely different sort of famine.  Read the following verses to learn more.

Amos 8:1

The Lord showed Amos a vision.  What did he see?


Amos 8:2

A basket of summer fruit will not last long.  What message did God give Amos?


Was God going to spare Israel any longer?


Amos 8:3

What did God say was going to happen?


The end was near for Israel.  Godís judgment, which included a different kind of famine, was coming.

Amos 8:11

ďBehold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a __________ in the land, not a famine of _________, nor a thirst for _________, but of hearing the _________ of the ________


Amos 8:12

In a famine people look everywhere for food.  In this different famine, what would people search for?


Will they find it?


God sent His Word to His people through His prophets, but the people rejected those prophets (Amos 7:12-13 is just one of many examples).  The Lord said the time was coming when they would seek His Word but not be able to find it.

Thatís not the way it is in America today.  The Bible is readily available, but most people are just not interested.

Amos 9:1

What did Amos see next?


What did the Lord tell him to do?


Amos 9:2-4

God promised to send destruction and death because of their sin.  Would there be any place to hide?


Next God made some more ominous promises.

Amos 9:8

What was He going to do to the sinful kingdom?


Will He annihilate the house of Jacob (the Jews)?


Amos 9:9

What will He do to them?


Amos 9:10

What will happen to the sinners of Israel?


The book of Amos, like other Old Testament books of prophecy, ends on a very hopeful note.

Amos 9:11

What will God do in the future?


Amos 9:13

This verse describes a miraculously fruitful land in which planting and harvesting overlap and never cease.


Amos 9:14

What will God do for His people?


What will they do?


Amos 9:15

How long will the Jews remain in their land?


Concluding Thoughts: The people of Israel were sinful, rebellious, and disobeyed God by worshiping idols.  The Lord repeatedly warned them of their sin through His prophets.  The people were proud and arrogant: they thought they were right and Godís prophets were wrong.  When they had Godís Word available to them, they rejected it and believed the devilís lies.

Eventually God sent judgment.  Part of that judgment was a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.  They sought Godís Word but couldnít find it.

Letís get personal.  Do you want to hear Godís Word?  Are you eager to read it privately, or do you just read it because you know you should?  Do you want to come to Sunday School and church to hear the Bible taught and preached?  What if the Bible was no longer available Ė would you even notice?

There are ample opportunities to hear the Bible today, but most people just donít care.  Tens of thousands will pay good money to gather in stadiums, ballparks, or racetracks for sporting events, but few people are interested in coming to Sunday School or church.

If you donít desire Godís Word, confess that as sin and ask the Lord to give you a hunger for it.  Ask Him to give America a hunger for it, too.



Project: Memorize Amos 8:11.  Pick up a Sunday School Member Quarterly for the new quarter and begin the Daily Bible Reading Guide on Monday.

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