Nate’s Notes: The Plumb Line and the Telescope

Source: Hubble Site

Amos 7:8 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.”

The Hubble telescope, launched into space in 1990, has capabilities that surpass any telescopes limited by their positions on Earth. According to NASA, “In order to take images of distant, faint objects, Hubble must be extremely steady and accurate. The telescope is able to lock onto a target without deviating more than 7/1000th of an arcsecond, or about the width of a human hair seen at a distance of 1 mile.”

As incredibly accurate as the Hubble telescope charts the galaxies, God’s measurements and vision far exceeds any device crafted by human hands.

A plumb line is a line with a weight at the end used to ensure that vertical surfaces are straight or to measure the depth of water. The prophet Amos declared that God had measured Israel’s obedience and finding so much false worship, immorality, and injustice; that the Lord would judge the nation.

Although we all fall short of God’s perfect standard, the Lord sent his own son to die in our place and then prepare a place for us with him (John 14:3 Romans 3:23, 6:23).

Realizing that the Lord knows all and can measure the depths of our hearts and minds, we should confess our sins and repent of them. The Lord is just, but the Father also loves us beyond measure.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Prayer: El Roi, the God who sees, examine my heart. Give me strength and wisdom to turn away from anything that does not please you. Thank you that your Son died and rose from the dead for me. Father, I praise you also for the gift of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

God bless you,


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