The Glory of God Includes Both His Perfect Justice and His Loving Mercy!
A continuation in our study of the Book of Amos
Week #16 Amos 7:1-9
1 This is what the Lord GOD showed me: behold, he was forming locusts when the latter growth was just beginning to sprout, and behold, it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings. 2 When they had finished eating the grass of the land, I said, “O Lord GOD, please forgive! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!” 3 The LORD relented concerning this: “It shall not be,” said the LORD. 4 This is what the Lord GOD showed me: behold, the Lord GOD was calling for a judgment by fire, and it devoured the great deep and was eating up the land. 5 Then I said, “O Lord GOD, please cease! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!” 6 The LORD relented concerning this: “This also shall not be,” said the Lord GOD. 7 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. 8 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; 9 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.”
We are now entering into a section in regard to the Prophet’s visions and experiences. There is a fair amount of metaphor here, so we do not want to over interpret anything by assigning modern objects in regard to the ancient metaphors like “Locusts,” etc. We see the Lord pointing to objects and asking “What do you see?” When Amos gives a brief answer, the Lord answers and interprets it with similar wordings and using the objects as play on words. While some of the interpretation is hard, it appears clear that Yahweh is giving Amos object lessons in regard as to how He would judge Israel; so Amos is pronouncing doom on Israel because of their sin through these object lessons. They will be judged harshly (i.e. The locusts) and fairly (According to the “Plumb Line”) by God’s perfect standard of justice. It is God who sets this plumb line and it is by His standards that we all will be judged not based on our own. In spite of Amos’ please to forgive “Jacob” (Israel) God answers that it is too late. They have had their chance, and they have chosen their own ways.
- How often do you question God’s judgment?
- How often do you judge God’s justice?
- What is the problem with our judgment of God?
- Why does God have a right to judge us?
- Is His judgment just? Explain!