Amos 7:7-9 (NKJV)
7 Thus He showed me: Behold, the Lord stood on a wall made 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 not pass by them anymore. The high places of Isaac shall be desolate, And the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste. I will rise with the sword against the house of Jeroboam.”
The leaning tower of Pisa was started as a church bell tower in 1173 by the famous architect and builder, Bonano Pisano. He stopped work in 1185 when the tower was only three-and-one-half floors high.
Ninety years later a second architect added three-and-one-half circular tiers. The tower was leaning when he started. He should have torn it down and started with the foundation. Instead he tried to fix the lean by straightening the upper tiers to make up for the tower’s slant.
Eighty years passed before a third architect put a domed eighth floor on the tower. Still it leaned.
It is said that Galileo made many of his scientific and mathematical discoveries by dropping weights of various sizes from the top of this tower.
Each year since 1911 a professor from the University of Pisa has measured the slant of the Tower of Pisa. Each year the measurement has shown the old tower leaning a fraction of an inch more.
Scientists say that the foundation must be rebuilt, with the 14.500-ton tower held in place by some means. Unless this is done, they say, the 800-year-old tower will inevitably fall. It is currently leaning 17 feet.
In the verses today we find the prophet Amos standing before God. In the Book of Amos we find that pronounces judgment upon the land of Israel. He stands before the people and says Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, Who oppress the poor, Who crush the needy, Who say to your husbands, “Bring wine, let us drink!” The Lord God has sworn by His holiness: “Behold, the days shall come upon you When He will take you away with fishhooks, And your posterity with fishhooks. You will go out through broken walls, Each one straight ahead of her, And you will be cast into Harmon,” Says the Lord.
By this point in the history of Israel God had grown very tired of the continued problems that were happening with the Israelite nation. They had practically abandoned God. They were worshiping idols. The kings had set up altars in the Holy places. They no longer were making their sacrifices. It had come to a place in history that the people of Israel were about to enter into the Assyrian Captivity.
It had come the time of reckoning. God was placing in the midst of his people a plumb line, which is a simple pendulum that is place aside something to line it up or straighten it.
God placed a plumb line in the midst of the Israelites to see if they were aligned with what God was doing in their lives. Notice, these were not pagans, these were not gentiles, and these were not unbelievers. This was God’s chosen people.
How many Christian’s feel they serve and sacrifice but because of some part of their life they are not in alignment with God? They say they are striving but continue to follow after hidden lusts and secret agenda’s.
It is very sad but there will be many who feel they are good Christian people sitting in hell. They never realized that they were out of alignment with God.
So we must ask ourselves, how do we come into alignment with God?