Therefore, this is what the LORD God says: “Look! I am laying a foundation stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation: Whoever believes firmly will not act hastily. And I will make justice the measuring line, and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge of lies, and floods will overflow your hiding place. –Is 28:16-17 ISV
In construction, the plumb line tests whether what was erected is perpendicular to the square, that is, if it is straight up and down, if it is upright. It provides a standard against which one can measure what he has built. Metaphorically, when God draws near with the plumb line. Upright is synonymous with vertical. What is upright is righteous, and GOD will judge according to that standard. That Standard is JESUS! HE IS the genesis our PLUMB LINE! He is to BE our HIGH PLACE!
Leader, The Israelites’ moral standards had degenerated, so their religious profession was not verified by the right kind of works. They were not upright; they failed the test. Today, when we examine our lives, we must ask ourselves, “How are we doing?” If God loves us, He will use the process of SANCIFICATION to destroy “the high places”, the altars and idols of the false God’s we put up in our lives. And in the process Jesus takes His RIGHTFUL place on our throne.
Conduit, Israel thought they were still walking with Yahweh, BUT they were ALSO seeking WORLDLY ways to GET TO GOD! They worshiped Baal (the earth- Save the planet) and a host of other foreign deities. (Judges 10:6) Baal was God of the elements- not much different today- we have “Christians” saving the PLANET, worshiping the CREATION. They set up sacred pillars and idols throughout the land. (1 Kings 14:23, 2 Kings 17:10-13). Today this is similar to our vocations, our spouses, our kids…Our glory. Some of them even burned their sons in the fire to Molech. (Ezekiel 16:20-21) Today when children are NOT in OUR plan for our lives- ABORTION on demand. Through their spiritual harlotry, they ABUSED GRACE—the free, unmerited pardon of God—and rejected His law. HOW MUCH BETTER ARE WE? Let us pray for God’s deliverance! Lord, WE are NOT worthy to receive you, but only say the word and WE shall be healed! I ask this in the precious name of our risen Lord, Jesus the Christ. Amen!