7 Thus He showed me: Behold, the Lord stood on a wall made with a plumb line, with a plumb line in His hand. 8 And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?”
And I said, “A plumb line.”
Then the Lord said: “Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore. 9 The high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste. I will rise with the sword against the house of Jeroboam.”
The New Testament says in Romans 3:23 that we all have sinned. That we all fall short of the Glory of God. None of us are worthy of God, not one of us. Only Jesus was worthy to return to Heaven, to God’s side. We obtain Heaven through our acceptance of and faith in His sacrifice. Faith that He is sufficient, that He is enough to restore us from the depths of our unworthiness into the Presence of God.
But the first step in our return to God is understanding our need for Him. If we have nothing to live up to, nothing to strive to attain, we begin to feel that we are “OK.” Without a measuring stick to measure ourselves by, how would we know that we fall short?
We Need A Plumb Line
Hundreds of years before the feet of Jesus touched the earth’s dirt, God reveals His purpose to Amos. A PLUMB LINE. A measuring stick.
A plumb line was used in ancient architecture and is still used today. In Amos’ day, it would have been a heavy metal weight on a string. Gravity would keep the string straight down, and a wall or building could be measured. It was used to be sure that things were even, straight, perfect. It would show any small discrepancies in measurements.
Jesus does the same for us. As we draw near to Him, as we learn about His heart, the things He taught and said, the things He did and did not do, we can look at our own actions, our own words, our own hearts and measure them. We will find them lacking. But they should look and sound and feel more like His every time we measure.
God says He is setting a plumb line in the midst of His people. This prophecy foretold the coming of the Assyrian army against King Jeroboam and the Israelite’s. Amos was prophesying to the leadership in Israel at that time, he was God’s voice to the king and the priests. They did not hear him, they accused him of conspiracy against the king. And they paid the price for not hearing. The Israelite’s were carried off into captivity about a hundred years later.
God is not only speaking to the nation of Israel during Amos’ time, His words are recorded for us today. The Word of God is inherent, it is everlasting, it is living!! It has meaning for us today.
Jesus Is Our Plumb Line
God is telling us that He has set a plumb line. He has a Perfect Measuring Rod. The purpose is not for us to measure ourselves and be discouraged because we do not measure up, but to measure ourselves and find that we daily are closer and closer to our Plumb Line. The goal is to look, sound, act and react like Jesus.
Achievement of this goal comes through hearing Him, through responding to Him; acknowledging our shortcomings and then being hidden in Him.