30 Amos

Objective

To see that the bible is the standard to measure right from wrong.

Ice Breaker

Hand out the a series of foam bricks and ask the children to build a tall straight tower each.

Then measure them with a weight on a string and declare the winner.  I used a fishing weight.

Bible Card

    • Author: Amos
    • Type: Minor Prophet
    • Written: 760 – 750 BC
    • No. Chapters: 9
    • O.T. Book No.: 30

Study

Question: How do you know if something is right or wrong?

Consider the different answers.

Read Amos 5 v 25, 27

“Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel?
You have lifted up the shrine of your king, the pedestal of your idols, the star of your god which you made for yourselves. Therefore I will send you into exile beyond Damascus,” says the Lord, whose name is God Almighty.

They had been worshipping other Gods.  Why was that wrong?  Because God said He was the one they should worship.  They were not doing what God said.

Then read Acts 7 v 42-43.  Stephen quoted this very passage.  The bible said it so it must be right.

Now read about the ‘Plumb Line’ in Amos 7 v 7,8

 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.  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.

Asks them how you spell ‘Plumb Line’ and then ask them what is it for.

Explain how a Plump Line is used in construction to make sure that a building is vertical.  It is a sure standard of a vertical measure (so long as the wind isn’t blowing).

 

Read Isaiah 28 v17 I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place.  The ch

What 2 things were used by God to measure?  Justice and Righteousness.

God used a plumb line to show that the people had done wrong.

The bible’s 66 books are called ‘The canon of scrupture’.  The word ‘canon’ is from a Greek word meaning rule or measuring stick.   What we do can be measured against what the bible says.

The bible says love others as you love yourself.  Do you do that?  The bible can reveal selfishness which is not right.  We can use the bible as a plumb line.

Craft

Make a Plumb Line.

Blow up a balloon for each child and attach a nylon line as with a plastic weight.

On one side of the weight, let the children write ‘Justice’ and on the other side ‘Righteousness’.

On the balloon write ‘God used a plumb line to show Amos that people were doing wrong things’.  On the other side write ‘The bible is a plumb line’.