Jesse M. Hendley
In the Book of Amos, Chapter 7, verses 7 and 8, Amos
says: "Thus He showed me: and, behold, the Lord stood
upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in
His hand. And the Lord said unto me, Amos, what seest
thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord,
Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of My
people Israel. I will not again pass by them any more.
And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate and the
sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste. And I will
rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword."
The Lord's Plumbline!
Here is God speaking to Amos. Amos was a man to whom
God could speak. I wonder today if we are in a
position where God can speak to us. God still is
speaking to people. In fact, God says He will not do
anything in the way of judgment until He reveals His
purposes to His servants the prophets. That was in the
Old Testament times. Today Jesus says, "You are My
friends. I do not call you servants anymore, I call
you friends. You don't tell a servant all you do, but
you tell a friend your heart. And because you are My
friends I tell you everything." So the Lord Jesus
Christ today speaks unto those who let Him.
"Thus He showed me. The Lord stood upon a wall with a
plumbline in His hand." That plumbline is an in-
teresting thing. It is a line or cord having at one
end a weight. It has to do with strict justice, Strict
justice! plumblines are used in construction, not
destruction. If you are going to build you make a line
so you can make it straight. You don't want to see a
crooked foundation, or a crooked wall, or a crooked
building. In the Old Testament, in back of the word
"righteousness" is the thought of a straight line.
Straightness! You drop a plumbline by a wall and it
will show whether that wall is straight or not,
whether that bricklayer laid that wall straight or
not, whether it is crooked or out ...
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