Background: Amos was a shepherd from the little town of Tekoa who prophesied to the big city folks of Israel who were living in the lap of luxury but ignoring God. Amos didn’t pull any punches when he told God’s people that if they didn’t turn back to God they would disciplined by God.
Amos speaks for God who can’t believe that His people would turn their backs on Him after all He had done for them.
Ask the children…
What were some of the things God had done for His people?
“’But as my people watched, I destroyed the Amorites, though they were as tall as cedars and as strong as oaks.’” (Amos 2:9)
“‘It was I who rescued you from Egypt and led you through the desert for forty years, so you could possess the land of the Amorites.'” (Amos 2:10)
With all that God had done for them, God’s people still turned their backs on God. How easy it is to forget. How easy it is to ask God, “what have you done for me lately?”
Ask your children what God has done for them? Have them name some things. Now ask them how grateful they are today for things that God has done in the past? Take some time to praise God for those things and to recommit your lives to following Him.
If you like what you read about ways to teach children the Bible, check out the children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website. It is great for parents and kids because it provides the Big Story of God’s miraculous plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible. CHECK OUT A FREE SAMPLE OF CHAPTER ONE BELOW.