Locusts and fire are images that the Apostle John uses as well in Revelation when the angels sound their trumpets – first to fifth trumpets (Revelation 8,9). Isaiah 28:16,17 announces that justice is God’s measuring stick and righteousness is His plumb-line.
* God Above, may we harken to Your voice today, to listen and obey.
“Amos, what do you see?”
This question is twice asked of Amos by the LORD.
It is not an easy word that the Lord gives to Amos.
“The end has come upon my people Israel; I will never again pass by them.”
This isn’t a happy blessing from the Lord.
“The songs of the temple shall become wailings in that day,”
Amos cries out,
“O Lord GOD, please forgive (please cease)! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!”
God’s answer to Amos is His answer to us.
“Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass by them;”
Another prophet, Habbakkuk, stood on his watchpost pointing to the sides of the plumbline. Arrogance and pride on one side, righteousness on the other.
“… But the righteous shall live by his faith.”
How can we be righteous? All our works are filthy rags?
Because of Jesus!
It is only the Right Man who lived a perfect life and won us life at Calvary – Only because of Him, through and by Him, can we obtain righteousness. Because it is His righteousness!
* God Above,
Praise You – You are the JUST God who separates the wheat from the chaff, the sheep from the goats.
Thank You that even though we have nothing of merit in ourselves, You chose Your people to be Your own – And You saved us that we might have the righteousness of Christ.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour You are!