Summary: Again, the plumb line symbolizes God’s word! God’s word is always straight, perfect and pure! God’s word represents total soundness and integrity! The wall in Greek means ’heart.’ Could God be watching men’s heart? O course!
Amos and God’s Plumb Line Text: Amos 7:7-8
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.
There are many synonyms for God’s word such as the Bible, Cannon, Manuscripts, Sword of the Spirit, Fire, Hammer, Manna, Truth, Bread of life, Love Letter, Two Edged Sword, Book of Life, Torah, Pentateuch,Tanakh, but today I want to look at the synonym ‘Plumb line!’ Amos has three visions 1. Grasshoppers destroying the land. ( Amos’ prayer changed this.) 2. Fire destroying the land. ( Amos’ prayer changed this.) 3. A plumb line in the hands of God. ( Amos didn’t pray.)
What is a plumb line? and What is it used for? A plumb line is a metal weight on the end of a string which is used to determine if a wall under construction is vertical or not!
A little boy came up to his mother one day and said to her, “Mother, guess what! I’m eight feet, four inches tall!” His mother, greatly surprised, inquired into the matter and found he was using a six-inch ruler to measure a “foot.” The boy was actually only a few inches over four feet. This is exactly what we do; We measure ourselves by one another, an imperfect prototype, rather than by the standard of the Word of God!
If someone were to try to build a wall without a plumb line, the wall would probably deviate off the vertical to some extent and thus have insufficient structural integrity!
In this text God is speaking through the prophet Amos about the condition of the corporate heart of His people. The word ‘wall’ in the Old Testament is often described as the human heart. The Lord now seems to stand upon this wall. (Heart) He measures it; it appears to be a bowing, bulging wall. The structure, the shrines and the dynasty will fall!
Again, the plumb line symbolizes God’s word! God’s word is always straight, perfect and pure! God’s word represents total soundness and integrity!
Hebrews 4: 12-13 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
Remember, every person will give an account to the plumb line! II Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.” ( King Asa decided to trust in a perverted ‘Plumb Line!’)
Illustration: Show a plumb line use on a straight plain, and then use the same plumb line on a crooked plain.
I believe it would be better for a person not to use a plumb line than to use a perverted plumb line! II Corinthians 4:3-4 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.