RE Verse reading–Amos 1-2 (day three) “The words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa–what he saw concerning Israel two years before the earthquake” (vs 1) The Amos story is extraordinary. Not because he is different than we are. Just the opposite. He is the “poster child” of ordinary life. He is a “little bit country”, but learns truth and courage from God that catapults him into kingdom service. As a shepherd, I suspect Amos had some initial hesitation. No seminary training. Perhaps he felt the sting when Amaziah treated him with disrespect and kicked him out of the country (chapter 7) The extraordinary thing? He didn’t give up! He went back to Tekoa and wrote his message down. The first prophet to do so. The door into a new era. Irrepressible! Martin Luther said, “A simple layman armed with scripture is to be believed above a pope or a council without it.” I think Amos would have agreed. Extraordinary!