God’s plumb line

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

July/August 2016 Issue –  Seek Me and Live‘let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream’ Amos 5:24

The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):

Amos 7:7-9 (NIVUK):”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. ‘The high places of Isaac will be destroyed and the sanctuaries of Israel will be ruined; with my sword I will rise against the house of Jeroboam.’”

We learn from today’s reading that God’s holiness and righteousness provides for us a ‘plumb line’, which guides us on the way we should live.

Selwyn tells us that it is sad when the twin pillars – of religion and a just social order – are so far from true that they must be pulled down.

He goes on to say that thankfully (under the new covenant) we can plead the cross where this holy God bore His own judgment on sin in the Person of Jesus.

It’s important to understand that it is God who measures our true adherence to His commandments; I think there are too many people who attempt to modify God’s will to suit their own deceptive purposes. The problem for us is that some of these people call themselves – Christians.

Your thoughts?