Today’s Bible Reading: Amos 5–9


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Measuring Up

Amos 5–9

Level BubbleBrothers, as often happens, I’ve been burning the candle at both ends and am exhausted.  Work is demanding a great deal of me just at the moment.  With that said I don’t want to cheat you out of a comment on today’s reading so I thought I would share something written by J. Vernon McGee in his Thru the Bible commentary concerning the following verses.

Amos 7:7-9 ESV

“This is what he showed me: behold, the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand.  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 never again pass by them;
the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate,
and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste,
and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.”

Israel has been rebellious and disobedient for a long time and God is ready to punish.  God told Amos what He was going to do and Amos pleaded with the Lord for the sake of Israel.  Finally God revealed His plumb line to Amos.  Here is what J. Vernon had to say about these verses.

“We find the plumbline used many places in the Word of God. In Jeremiah 31:38–39 we read, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the city shall be built to the Lord from the tower of Hananeel unto the gate of the corner. And the measuring line shall yet go forth over against it upon the hill Gareb, and shall compass about to Goath.” The “measuring line” is the plumbline, if you please. Every time that you have a vision of the plumbline in Scripture (see Isa. 28:I7; Zech. 2:1–2), it means that God is getting ready to judge. In the Book of Daniel, the prophet of God said to King Belshazzar, “… Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting” (Dan. 5:27). When God begins to measure either in length or in weight, you can be sure that the people have not measured up to God’s requirements, and judgment is the thing which He has in mind. Amos does not intercede for the people again, realizing that God’s judgment is just.”

McGee, J. V. (1997). Thru the Bible commentary (electronic ed.). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

God has set a standard and it won’t be lowered.  You either measure up or you don’t.  You and I cannot measure up if we do not have Christ in our life.  If we have Him in our life then we are about His business.  Are you about His business?  Are you measuring up?

Have a blessed day!

Your brother and servant in Christ,


Dying to self, living to serve!

(Originally posted 7/12/11)

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