A Bible Study of Amos, Micah, and Habakkuk
Although justice is a simple word, its meaning has become muddled amid divisive politics and opposing ideologies. Many of us can hardly bear to watch the nightly news these days for fear that our world’s constant reports of violence, unrest, and corruption will push us to despair. Although we desire to see justice carried out and long for the discord to diminish, we struggle to discern what is proper. To complicate matters, some critics are drawing distinctions between biblical justice and social justice. Erickson puts it this way: “We carry within us an innate sense of right and wrong, a conviction that oppressors should be punished and the weak protected. Yet, who defines ‘right’? Is there a moral law that we inherently know to follow?” (Erickson, 2018). The concept of justice is a recurring theme throughout the Old Testament and is rooted in God’s Covenantal relationship with Israel. God sent prophets to admonish kings, prophets, priests, and others. They consistently called out “the leaders, the kings, the princes, the false prophets, and the priests as the ones responsible for the sins of the community” (Heschel, 1962, p. 261) for both the major and minor prophets.
In this 8-week Bible study course, the spotlight will be on the oracles of Amos, Micah, and Habakkuk – three minor prophets who delivered messages from God.