DO YOU HAVE A PLUMB LINE?
In the Old Testament scripture passage, we read this morning the prophet Amos sees an image of God holding a plumb line. God is standing beside a wall with his hand outstretched and the line and weight of a plumb line hanging down. The implication is that the people of Israel have not followed the standard that God has set for them and because of that they will be facing difficult days ahead.
God’s people have not followed the plumb line that God has given them, but have decided to use their own judgment to decide what is right and acceptable. They want to build their lives using their own sight and perspective rather than use the plumb line of God’s will. It is as if God is pointing out that their walls are not straight and their corners are uneven. What they are building is not true.
So God calls Amos, who is not a professional prophet, but a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore trees, to tell his people that their lives aren’t being built right – they are weak, crooked, and uneven. They are out of plumb.
TO BE CONTINUED ………