Roles: God, Amos, Amaziah (priest), Jeroboam (king)
Each role may be filled by any age or gender.
Ready-to-print downloads of the script:
Amos: I am the prophet Amos.
Today’s Old Testament reading comes from the book I wrote.
First, I have a conversation with God.
Apparently, the priest, Amaziah, hears of it, for he then warns Jer-o-bo-am, the King of Israel.
Finally, Amaziah, the priest, speaks to me, Amos, directly, and warns me, too.
These are the conversations as I have recorded them:
It all started when God was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in hand, and spoke to me.
God: “Amos, what do you see?”
Amos: “A plumb line.”
God: Amos, Look. See that I, God,
am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel.
I will never again pass them by.
The high places of Isaac shall be made desolate.
And the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste.
And I will rise against the house of Jero-bo-am with the sword.”
Amos: Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jero-bo-am of Israel, saying,
“I am Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, and I have heard these things said to Amos.
I will write of these things to Jer-o-bo-am, the King of Israel.
I will write: “Amos has conspired against you in the very centre of the house of Israel.
The land is not able to bear all his words.
For thus Amos has said, ‘Jer-o-bo-am shall die by the sword and Israel must go into exile away from his land.'”
Now I will speak to Amos myself.
I Amaziah, the priest, say to you, ‘Amos-the-Seer, Go! Flee away to the land of Judah!
‘Earn your bread there. And prophesy there.
‘But never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and a temple of the realm.’
Amos: Amaziah, I am no seer, no prophet, nor a prophet’s son.
But I am Amos, a herdsman,
and a dresser of sycamore trees.
God took me from following the flock and said to me,
‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’
That is what I said to Amaziah.
I have written more, which you can read in my book that is in your Bible. But this is the end of the reading for today.
I hope I have said it clearly.
May God bless our conversation with understanding.