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.
“Amos, what do you see?”
This refrain is twice-repeated here, a question from the LORD.
It is not an easy word the Lord gives to Amos.
“The end has come upon my people Israel; I will never again pass by them.”
And this isn’t a happy blessing intent of focus from the Lord.
“The songs of the temple shall become wailings in that day,”
Amos cries out, “O Lord GOD, please forgive/cease! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!”
God’s answer for Amos is His answer for us.
“Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass by them;”
Habbakkuk stands on his watchpost and points us to the plumbline sides, arrogance and pride on one side, and righteousness on the other.
“… But the righteous shall live by his faith.”
And so very clearly, this points us to Jesus!
Because how can we be righteous? All our works are filthy rags.
It’s only in the Right Man who lived a perfect life and won us life at calvary that we can obtain righteousness, His righteousness – And be able to stand at the end in Him.
* Praise You God above, for though You are the JUST God who separates the wheat from the chaff, the sheep from the goats, based on righteousness – Thank You that even though we have nothing of ourselves that merits any blessing from You – You save us through Jesus!
Praise Your Name!