Plumbline Amos 7: 7- 8 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
The Lord shows Amos a plumbline. The context is the Lord speaking of future judgement of Israel. Amos was just a “herdsman”, a regular guy. The Lord uses regular guys, his disciples for example, to get things done. He also uses common illustrations. This illustration of a plumbline is one that we can glean a great lesson from. In this passage there are two things we need to identify; The lord – is a pre-incarnate Jesus Christ, and the plumbline is clearly a tool or standard that the Lord uses. I believe that it’s not too far of a stretch to say that this standard is His word, [John 12:48]. In the future we all will be judged by the Lord and His word.
Let’s explore some truths from this passage concerning this Plumbline
Knowledge of a Plumbline What it is!
- “and I said, A Plumbline” – Amos knew what it was- really Simple and Basic
- Do you know what a Plumbline is?
- Show everyone a Plumbline…
- It is a tool, but if the type is the word of God, you have one in your lap!
- Everyone here today has that basic knowledge; your Bible is the words of God.
- [1 Thes.2:13] “in truth, the word of God”
- Example of us giving men the Bible on ships and teaching the basic truth of what it is
- [John 17:17] “sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is truth”
- The Bible is the standard for all faith and practice, our plumbline.
Understanding of a Plumbline What it does!
- “Wall made by a Plumbline” – Amos understood that the wall was made by a Plumbline
- Amos understood what it does
- A Plumbline:
Always straight and True – Never wrong
Works Everywhere and for everyone
Points to the center of gravity of this earth, works because of God’s design
Do you understand what your Bible does?
- 2 Timothy 3:15
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
- 1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
- Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
- 1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
- Your Bible is never wrong
- Your Bible works for everyone and everywhere
- Always true and correct because it inspired by God, what a plumbline
Wisdom of a Plumbline Why you need it!
- “the Lord stood…, with a Plumbline in his hand”
- Plumbline proves the truth of “from the top down”
- The only way to build anything correctly is by his plumbline
- It is foundational, basic, necessary
- If you are going to build (relationship, home, career, or a ministry)
- Example of rough-in plumbing needing to be plumb, or it is a problem through the entire job
- We err when we “eye ball” the deal, lot of our buildings are leaning
- Used enough we will spot anything not plumb
- Just like Israel, you are judged by the Lord and his Plumbline (the word of God)
- Christian at the Judgement Seat of Christ
- Lost at the White Throne judgement
Charge Christians to Live by the Plumbline
Charge and invite the Lost to Receive Jesus Christ