This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. 8 And the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Amos?” “A plumb line,” I replied. Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer. Amos 7:7-8
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Today we will finish up the journey through the book of Amos. We will be looking at Amos chapters 7-9. In our key verse today, we are going to be introduced to the idea of using a Plumb Line to measure our lives.
A plumb line is a weight, usually with a pointed tip at the bottom for marking a point. The weight is suspended from a string: gravity pulls the weight down and pulls the string tight. It is used by builders as a vertical reference point – to make sure what they are building is straight.
The plumb line to which we must measure up today is Christ and His word (John 12:48). It is the perfect standard (2 Timothy 3:16-17), infallible (John 10:35), and will not be changed later (1 Peter 1:25; Jude 3; Galatians 1:6-9). Therefore, we must reject man’s standards – regardless of how popular or desirable they seem to us – and embrace God’s standard. (Andy Socher)
In this third vision of Amos, we are seeing God as a builder. He has built a system for us to thrive in and to live in abundance. We saw four major themes’ in the book of Amos that we can use the picture of a plumb line in.
First, everyone will eventually have to answer to God – to be measured against His plumb line.
Second, we cannot become complacent. Just because life is going well, we must continue to measure ourselves with the plumb line or our walls will become weak and crooked and not stand!
Third, God’s plumb line shows us that ALL people are important to him, when we ignore or even worse, oppress the poor and the needy, we are not measuring up and our wall will corrode.
Fourth, there are many “Spiritual” people out there today. There is only one God that can save us! The plumb line can tell the difference.
The book of Amos ends with the Lord telling us that the destruction of this nation will not be permanent (9:8-9). That His covenant with David will stand (9:11-12) and “In that day” he will restore David’s fallen shelter and repair the broken wall, the one that did not measure up to the plumb line, and once again all nations will bear the name of God.
The conditions of Israel then, look a lot like our society today. Let’s be an “Amos” today, be brave and listen to God’s call on our life and obey Him, stand up for the poor and broken hearted and always worship God in truth and spirit.
Heavenly Father, help us to know how to use the plumb line to check our walls. Forgive us when we sin and give us a heart that breaks for the things that break Your heart. Teach us how to worship in truth and spirit and know the difference between what is a true heart and one that is not. Amen