We often overlook the books at the end of the Old Testament. We even call them Minor prophets, although that is speaking of their length not their importance. But even that being said we don’t often spend a lot of time in them and that is unfortunate. Recently, we have had some time to look at Amos (Wednesday Bible Studies and Sunday Morning Sermons). What an amazing book that is. Full of law for sure but also making clear promises of the Messiah. One of the things that struck me during studying that book was that the New Testament quoted Amos when it records the Council at Jerusalem in Acts 15.
The above verse is mention in I Corinthians 15. That chapter speaks clearly and beautifully of the resurrection. How could the sting of death be taken away? How can it be that we don’t need to fear the grave?
It is all because of Jesus Christ who defeated sin, death, and the devil at the Cross. This is the one that the prophets of the Old Testament pointed to. This is the Messiah that the Apostles heard and saw. This is the One who has come that we might have eternal life. So when we look at the Bible, any section, we should be asking what do I find out about Jesus in this passage? What am I being told of my Savior?
With thanksgiving the Apostle Paul looked at the book of Hosea and saw the victory of Jesus Christ. As he said in 1 Cor. 15:56-57, “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”