prophets were often
able to tell what would happen in the future if the people did not
The shepherd Amos
came from Tekoa, a small town of Judah. But Amos did not speak
God's words to his own people. God called him to preach in Israel.
Most of Amos'
life was spent out of doors, either as a shepherd of as a tender
of sycamore trees. It is probable that Amos sometimes took sheep,
wool, or hides as far as Egypt or Damascus.
Wherever he went
or whatever he did, Amos never forgot he was one of God's
prophets. He spoke out boldly against the sins of the king and the
people. Most often Amos spoke about justice. How much he wanted to
see the poor treated fairly!