The Plumb Line

Text: Amos 7:1-9

Three Warnings of Destruction

  • Locust-swarm, vegetation destroyed — Amos protested, God changed His mind (v. 1-3)
  • Fire, farm land destroyed — Amos protested, God changed His mind (v. 4-6)
  • God would spare the people no longer — no protest from Amos (v. 7-9)
  • Why did Amos not protest the final warning? … He had no basis for his protest
  • What was different about the final vision was the plumb line — a perfect & unmistakable standard

The Condition of Israel

  • How they perceived themselves (Amos 5:18,22; 6:1)
  • How God perceived them (Amos 6:8; 5:23-24; 2:6-8)
  • Why the difference? … They weren’t following God’s perfect standard — this became evident when God put the plumb line in the midst of the people

Fallible Standard for Us Today

  • Religious leaders (Matthew 5:20)
  • Denominations (1 Samuel 8:19-20)
  • The world (Romans 12:2)
  • Fellow Christians (2 Corinthians 10:12)
  • Our conscience (Acts 23:1)

The True, Infallible Standard

  • The plumb line we must measure up to today is Christ & His word (John 12:48)
  • It is the perfect standard (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • It is infallible (John 10:35) and will not be changed later (Jude 3)
  • We must reject man’s standard & embrace God’s standard

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