1 April 2009

Building Up And Pulling Down

Amos 7:1-17 (NIV)
1 This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: He was preparing swarms of locusts after the king's share had been harvested and just as the second crop was coming up.
2 When they had stripped the land clean, I cried out, "Sovereign LORD, forgive! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!"
3 So the LORD relented. "This will not happen," the LORD said.
4 This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: The Sovereign LORD was calling for judgment by fire; it dried up the great deep and devoured the land.
5 Then I cried out, "Sovereign LORD, I beg you, stop! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!"
6 So the LORD relented. "This will not happen either," the Sovereign LORD said.
7 This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand.
8 And the LORD asked me, "What do you see, Amos?" "A plumb line," I replied. Then the Lord said, "Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.
9 "The high places of Isaac will be destroyed and the sanctuaries of Israel will be ruined; with my sword I will rise against the house of Jeroboam."

(with thanks to WordLife for initially bringing this passage to my attention)

Apparently, the use of a plumb line to ensure that your building is straight dates back as far as the Egyptians when they built the pyramids. If the bricks that you are laying in the first few levels of your building are even a little bit out, then the whole structure will be unstable and will probably have to be torn down. So, what is your 'plumb line'? How do you measure up? And if you don't measure up, are you prepared to be deconstructed, even by a little?
Break me - melt me - mould me - fill me.

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