Sep 4, 2018
Amos 7:7–8 says, “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. 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.’” When God said He was setting a plumb line among His people, He was declaring an end to their attempts to justify their crooked ways. The Lord was setting the standard. God does not negotiate His laws. He does not change with the whims of culture (Numbers 23:19). God’s moral law is the plumb line against which we determine right and wrong (John 17:17). Just as a carpenter’s plumb line is not subject to the opinions or the frustration of the worker, so God’s moral standards are not subject to the opinions of man. Wise people are those who line up their lives according to God’s plumb line rather than trying to move it to satisfy their own agendas.
During the reign of King Jeroboam II, 785-745 B.C. It was during a time of much peace and prosperity, but Amos argued that Israel was going in the wrong direction "because they sell the righteous for silver
Amos proclaimed God's judgment upon his people for failing to live by God's standards of justice and righteousness. Amos pleaded with God to relent his judgment and, in their place, God places a plumb line.
A plumb line is a weight suspended from a string used as a vertical reference line to ensure a structure is centered. As they always find the vertical axis pointing to the center of gravity, they ensure everything is right, justified and centered. When something is plumb, it means it's straight up and down. If a post installed in flat ground is leaning in any direction, it's out of plumb. If it's at a 90-degree angle to the ground on all sides, it's plumb. To be plumb is to be parallel with the force of gravity.
Almost EVERYTHING on television, social media, and radio is out of alignment with God. We seek justification constantly with what we believe is right. We want confirmation from anyone more successful than us.
Judges 17:6 - In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
Most people live by their own rules, instead of living by God's rules found in the Bible. Some people even corrupt the meaning of the Scriptures in an attempt to justify their wickedness (Romans 1:25), whether it be a divorce or an abortion; but God decides what is good and evil. For the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:
12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.