The two countries were experiencing the greatest prosperity since the days of Solomon.
In 782-753 B.C., Jeroboam II had brought about the restoration of Israel’s borders.
In 767-740 B.C., Uzziah had largely restored the borders of Judah.
In their prosperity, the two nations came to be more corrupt.
They attributed their prosperity to the idols which had become prevalent in their lands.
Jeroboam I had provided worship at Dan and Bethel by setting up the golden calves.
This idolatrous worship of God was compounded by the worship of Baal, a national cult, because of the influence of Jezebel, Ahab’s wife.
Israel was to be destroyed, but God first raised up the prophets Amos and Hosea to plead with the people to forsake their sins and return to Jehovah.
Amos, a shepherd from south of Jerusalem, was sent to Israel in 755 B.C. Amos 1:1.
He warned of the enemy that would destroy the palaces (3:11), the luxury loving people would be destroyed (3:12-15), the wives of the lords of Israel are described as kine (cattle), and they would be carried away “with hooks” (4:1-3), and their luxury and extravagance would be taken from them, and they would be taken away into captivity (6:1-11).
“Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel; and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.” (4:12).
Hosea was from Israel and began to prophecy against its wickedness in 750 B.C.
Hosea described Israel’s idolatry as adultery (Hosea 2:2-13), told of Jehovah’s controversy with Israel (4:1-2), that the land would mourn (4:3), their idols would be cut off (8:1-6) because “they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind” (8:7), Israel would be “swallowed up” because “Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and builded palaces; and Judah hath multiplied fortified cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the castles thereof.” (8:8, 14).
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“Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, like the peoples; for thou hast played the harlot, departing from thy God; thou hast loved hire upon every grain floor.” (9:1).
“Samaria shall bear her guilt; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword; their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.” (13:16).