Monday, February 25, 2008

Judgment

Amos 7:1-8
1 Thus hath the Lord GOD showed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king's mowings.
2 And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? For he is small.
3 The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.
4 Thus hath the Lord GOD showed unto me: and, behold, the Lord GOD called to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part.
5 Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.
6 The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD.

Amos prayed and God forgave…twice. How many judgments can we avert by prayer? And are we praying? God gave Amos visions, Amos “beseeched” Him and the Lord repented and turned away the punishment. This is powerful.

7 Thus he showed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand.
8 And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumb line. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:

This is the part I really want to bring out. The plumb line is still here, in the midst of His people. We will be measured against the plumb line. Look at it hanging beside you. Does it show you to be straight? The plumb line doesn’t lie.

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