Bob Geldof's life and mission
A prophet is a generous, selfless and caring person who can either share the word of their religion, or show their prophecy through their actions and choices. Prophets like Amos, fight for justice in humanity and have a compassion for helping the underprivileged and voiceless. Today we have many people just like Amos who want to help the poor and the sick, a great example is Bob Geldof.
Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof, also known as Bob Geldof was born on the 5th of October 1951 in Ireland. Bob attended a private catholic school named Blackrock college in Dublin Ireland, he aspired to be a musician and songwriter. Bob later in his life moved to Canada to work as a music journalist. In 1975 Bob Geldof's music dream came true as he became the lead singer of a band called the Boomtown Rats (Biography Ed, 2015). Bob Geldof is well known for his relentless works to eradicate the famine in Africa that was killing millions in the early 1980s. His passion for his musical career was the basis for helping save lives in Africa through Live Aid in 1985 and other charities from then on. Bob Geldof is currently 65 years of age (Biography Ed, 2015).
WHY BOB GELDOF IS A PROPHET
Bob Geldof is a prophet because his charity work has saved millions of God’s lives and he has taught the world the meaning of giving and helping people in extreme poverty by bringing awareness to the plight of others.
Live aid was held on the 13th of July in 1985 and on that day political and musical history was made. Live aid was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise awareness for the people dying in Africa due to famine (Geldof, 2008). In 1985 Africa experienced an unforgettable drought that killed millions of people as there was no food, water or animal life to feed them. Bob decided to use his musical career as a way of helping the starving people in Africa and raise money throughout the world to create history and save lives. Live Aid was a 16 hour concert that was shown in 100 different countries and an estimate of 1.5 billion people were watching, it is the largest scale satellite links up and TV broadcast of all time (Geldof, 2008). 60 of the worlds biggest rock stars performed all over the world to raise awareness for Africa, in total Live Aid raised $150 million pounds for Africa, in dollars that is equivalent to $245.4 million dollars (Geldof, 2008). This phenomenon changed the lives of millions through Bob's prophetic gestures.
Live aid was just one of Bob Geldof’s works, Bob Geldof gathered British and Irish musicians and other artists to form a charity called Band Aid 'Feed the World'. Band Aid was established in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for famine in Africa and to help feed the poor all around the world. They helped raise awareness by releasing songs called 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' and ‘We are the world’ .These songs sold millions of records which was all donated to the people dying in Africa (Geldof, 2008). Bob Geldof was the opening door to raise awareness for Africa’s needs, which helps the world today. Bob Geldof modernised the song 'Do they know its christmas' in 2014 to promote awareness for the people dying from Ebola, it made $1.5 million and was all donated to the people suffering the disease. (Hoagn,2017) and (Suddath, 2016).
BOB GELDOF'S KNIGHTHOOD
Amos was born in the Judean town of Tekoa in Israel. Before he started preaching and spreading the word of the Lord, he was a Shepard and a fig farmer. His activities took place around the reign of Uzziah, also known as Azariah, King of Judah, this was in between (783 – 742 B.C.) and Jeroboam II, king of Israel (786- 745 B.C (World Biography, 2004). Amos was Jewish and was sent by God to warn the Israelites of their judgment, even though Amos was not taught to be a prophet nor a son of a Prophet, God said “Go, prophesy to My people Israel” (Amos 7:14-15), so Amos did as the Lord insisted. (Ritenbaugh, 1999).
Amos’ message was to give a voice to the poor and the troubled. Amos’ prophecy was mainly directed at the wealthy Israelites, who only cared for themselves and money. He preached about how the Lord was angry at how the northern Kingdom treated the lower class, Amos and God believed that everyone should treat thy neighbour with respect and justice, which at the time the Northern kingdom (Northern Israel) were not portraying. (Swindoll, 2014). The book of Amos is about God's passion for justice and how the world should love and respect each and everyone. (Enter the Bible, 2015).
HOW AMOS AND BOB GELDOF RELATE THROUGH FAITH
- 'This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit' (Amos 8:1). This relates to Bob Geldof because he envisioned a happy Africa with food and water.
- ‘In that day “the lovely young women and strong young men will faint because of thirst”. (Amos 8:13). This relates to the people dying of thirst in Africa in 1985 due to the drought, Bob Geldof preached and ask people to donate for these young men and women.
- "though they dig down to the depths below, from there my hand will take them. Though they climb up to the heavens above, from there I will bring them down". (Amos 9:2). This relates to all the donations and charity’s such as Band Aid and Live aid, that helped Africa when it was in drought and in loss. Everyone who donated saved a life from being sent up to heaven.
- “The days are coming,” declares the Lord “when the reaper will be overtaken by the one who plows and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from mountains and flow from all the hills.” (Amos 9:13). With Bob’s donations and charities, it will repair Africa and the water will flow from mountains all the way through Africa and food and life will be seen.
- ‘When they had stripped the land clean, I cried out, “Sovereign Lord, forgive! How can Jacob survive? He is so small”. (Amos 7:2). This relates to Bob Geldof Because he was heart broken that innocent children were dying in Africa due to the drought.
BOB AND AMOS
In conclusion the word prophet describes Bob Geldof and Amos truthfully because they both conducted their lives in a way that dramatically helped and changed the lives of others that were less fortunate. They worked tirelessly to help others, their works are truely inspiring and mesmerising.