After the rough-and-tumble days of the Judges, came the time of kings. Notice the writer did not turn to Saul, Israel’s first king, or to Solomon, last potentate, wealthiest and most powerful of the United Kingdom of Israel. The writer turned to David, who would become—and remains to this day—the most beloved of kings found among the pages of the Hebrew scriptures.
“Whoever would elevate themselves will be brought low, and whoever would lower themselves will be lifted up.” --Jesus
The sense of hierarchical governance and rule are completely wrong in the church setting.
it is actually safer to follow close to the Shepherd, even though it means the open field, new experiences, new events, new demands, rather than remain in the seeming safety of the fold. You and I can trust he not only knows us, but he knows what it is like to go through what you and I are going through. He will not leave us in this place, he will guide us through it.
Amos knew what it was to scratch out an existence with the poor. He had courage, endurance, tenacity, and righteous zeal. And like his dressing knife, Amos' tongue was sharp and to the point.