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Amos 7:7-17 - Taking a leaning wall and correcting it divinely to plumb

This is what the adonay God showed me: the Lord he was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. And Yahweh said to me, "Amos, what do you see?" And I said, "A plumb line"

Then adonay said, "See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass them by; the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste, and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword." פ

Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, "Amos has conspired against you in the very center of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. For thus Amos has said, `Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel must go into exile away from his land.'" פ

And Amaziah said to Amos, "O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom." פ

Then Amos answered Amaziah, "I am no prophet, nor a prophet's son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, and Yahweh took me from following the flock, and Yahweh said to me, `Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'

"Now therefore hear the word of Yahweh. You say, `Do not prophesy against Israel, and do not preach against the house of Isaac.'

Therefore thus says Yahweh: `Your wife shall become a prostitute in the city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword, and your land shall be parceled out by line; you yourself shall die in an unclean land, and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.'"


I wrote about the majority of these verses in 2021 and 2018. In 2021, I wrote a commentary entitled “Being a true priest without pedigree.” That can be accessed by clicking on the link. In 2018, the title I gave to my commentary was “Human plumb lines.” That commentary can also be accessed by clicking on the link. Both of those lectionary selections [Proper 10, Year B] stop at verse fifteen, while today’s Year C, Proper 10 selection extends to verse seventeen. Because the readings cover the basically the same verses as read today, I welcome readers to see what I wrote then that differs from what I write today.

In the above presentation of the text that will be read aloud by a reader in Episcopal churches, you will note where the truth written has been returned, in the words “Yahweh” and adonay.” “Yahweh” is the name of the God of Israel and speaking that name means the soul of Amos was married to Yahweh specifically. He was not hearing commands coming from some generic “Lord.” The false priest Amaziah most likely worshiped “lords” of many names, where remembering them all could best be spoken as “Lord.” The truth of the Hebrew word “adonay” is it translates as “lords,” in the plural number [“adon is a singular “lord”]. This word is a close equivalent to “elohim” [the plural of “el”], where all those souls married to Yahweh have been given His elohim – the soul of Adam-Jesus. All those resurrections of the Son of Yahweh then become the “lords” over Yahweh’s wife-servants. Thus, where Amos spoke to “adonay,” he conversed with his inner Lord, who we call today Jesus.

This reading is fairly simple to grasp, as all one has to understand is the concept of a plumb line. It establishes a line that is square, thus straight and upright. Yahweh told Amos to go to the people of Israel and tell them to become upright, because they were headed to a collapse, from having been build by the leaders of a corrupted nation so poorly that Israel (the nation following leaders, not Yahweh) was not plumb. This simple lesson should then be seen in terms set forth by the Gospel reading from Luke, where “a lawyer” [either a Pharisee, Sadducee, or scribe] asked Jesus [NRSV paraphrase], “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” The answer given by Jesus can be summed up as confirming what Yahweh told Amos: “Be a plumb line amidst the people.”

In the story of Yahweh, His Son Amos’ “adonay,” and Amos, it is so easy to read, “he [adonay] was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line” and think, “Gee, Amos was walking with God around town and God pulled a plumb line out of his pocket.” These words (while not stated) say Amos experienced a divine vision. Because the soul of Adam-Jesus had been resurrected within his soul-body, that says the soul of Amos was in full submission to Yahweh, as His Spiritual ‘wife.’ As a ‘wife,’ Amos had given birth to the Son of Yahweh [two souls in one, as a divine possession], which made the soul of Adam-Jesus be the Lord over Amos’ soul-body. This ‘twin’ soul then led the thoughts (including dreams and visions) of Amos; and, “This is what the adonay showed me” says the wall and the plumb line was imagery that appeared in Amos’ brain, which then led to the voice of Yahweh speaking through His Son’s soul possessing Amos, which Amos heard.

When the voice of Yahweh asked Amos to tell him, “What do you see?” Amos said nothing about a “wall.” His response was, “A plumb line.” This means Amos himself [a “self” equals a “soul”] was the “wall on (which) adonay stood.” This means Amos was the “wall” built by Yahweh adonay to stand upright and true (square) “in the midst of my people Israel.”

When we read in the Gospel selection from Luke, how Jesus’ initial response to the trick question was a reminder that there was the “written law,” that says the “wall” built by Yahweh adonay – that drafted by Moses and left in the midst of Yahweh’s people Israel – was made plumb. The problem was the leaders that failed to maintain that “wall’s” upright and true meaning led the “written law” to lean terribly, making it near collapse as a guide for the “people Israel.” This says that Moses was a “wall built by Yahweh adonay that was plumb,” and Amos was likewise made plumb, in order to return a leaning wall [the “written law”] to a position of being square. This means Amos was able to understand the meaning of the “written law,” while the false prophets in Bethel could not. That led them to falsely prophesy to the leaders of Israel; so, the nation with corrupt leaders was about to collapse and fall, unable to see how poorly they had maintained the wall that was the “written law.”

Now, Amos was a prophet of the Northern Kingdom, which was led by King Jeroboam II. While that kingdom went by the name “Israel,” the truth of the words written that say, “Yahweh said to me, `Go, prophesy to my people Israel.' [“way·yō·mer ’ê·lay Yah·weh , lêḵhin·nā·ḇê ’el-‘am·mî yiś·rā·’êl”] means focus must be placed on the meaning behind the word “yiś·rā·’êl.” The word means, “he who retains God,” where “God” is derived from “el,” which is the singular form of the plural ‘elohim.” This means the whole truth of the name “Israel” is it declares the soul of one of Yahweh’s “people” [“am·mî”], who are clearly possessed by His Spirit [“mine”]. To “prophesy” is then a command to use the soul of His Son [“adonay”] to speak the truth of meaning in the “written law,” so true seekers that desire to serve Yahweh can also become “walls” built with the “plumb line of Yahweh” [His adonay]. Amos was indeed one of Yahweh’s “people” that “prophesied” by speaking what the voice of Yahweh said to him.

When Amos said to Amaziah, “I am no prophet, nor a prophet's son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, and Yahweh took me from following the flock,” that spoke the truth. It said Amaziah held the title of “prophet;” and, that was a sign of a “wall” having become leaned [not plumb], in danger of being toppled over. When Yahweh’s adonay spoke through the lips of Amos, he included that Amos was not a descendant of a true “prophet” past, as bloodlines were not how the Spirit of Yahweh was passed along. By telling Amaziah that he was just some ordinary Jew who worked the fields and tended herds, that said a true “prophet” of Yahweh was one whose ‘Big Brain’ did not make him [her also these days] think he [or she] knew some stuff, simply from reading words written on scrolls. That told Amaziah that he was a false “prophet,” who needed some ordinary Jew from the land comes forth under the Spirit of Yahweh to speak a warning of truth that said, “Change your ways or suffer ruin.”

In this end, it is written [NRSV translation]: “Therefore thus says Yahweh: `Your wife shall become a prostitute in the city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword, and your land shall be parceled out by line; you yourself shall die in an unclean land, and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.'” This needs to be more closely inspected for the truth it contains.

To begin, the Hebrew written says “’iš·tə·ḵā bā·‘îr,” which literally translates to say, “your wife in the city.” The construct that says “your wife” is actually a second-person masculine added to a feminine singular noun. The essence of masculinity must be seen as a statement of spirit possession, where the spiritual realm is the masculine and the feminine is the wives of the material realm, who marry possessing spirits. Amos was such a wife-soul, who was married to Yahweh, with his adonay resurrected within his soul. The “prophecy” Amos spoke [letting the voice of Yahweh come from his inner adonay] said the spirit possessing those of the Northern Kingdom, including Amaziah and Jeroboam II, was “in the city,” which is a place of death, made from the earth [the material realm, having no life]. Thus, they were assured to find death as their end, due to their souls having married the demon of a place [Bethel], expecting that place to protect them eternally.

To then say that marriage “shall be (to) a harlot” [“tiz·neh”], that feminine word predicts the end that comes from all that is feminine [worldly], which is death. The root word in Hebrew [“zanah”] means, “to commit fornication, be a harlot,” which means being a tempter that leads to acts of “adultery” and being “unfaithful,” which implies a divorce from a prior marriage has occurred. That prior marriage was the “wall” that was Mosaic Law, which the failed ‘Israelites’ of the Northern Kingdom had lost the truth coming from its words. That allowed them to interpret they had a right to divorce Yahweh and marry the bounty of the land, maintain the history of Bethel’s holiness as the source of God. That divorce made those of the Northern Kingdom adulterers.

When the prophet Joel had prophesied a time would come when “your sons and daughters will prophesy” [realized on Pentecost Sunday when twelve apostles became possessed by Yahweh adonay], Amos said the offspring of unrighteous peoples, pretending to be worshipers of false gods and false prophets, would yield failures by war, in a land divided by what false gods to whom they prayed. In the end, there will be none left who can truly claim to be “He Who Retains Yahweh by the possession of His elohim” – as their “adonay.” That prophesied the end of the Northern Kingdom, which would be fulfilled when the Assyrians overtook that land, to be followed by the Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans, with a place named “Israel” taking millennia to reappear – again as a false name.

Relative to the Gospel reading from Luke, when Jesus was asked about attaining "eternal life," the focus was on that being an "inheritance." This reflects on Jews then, who saw their bloodline as the path to eternal salvation … just because they were Jews. When Jesus referred to the "law written," the asker of that trick question took delight in having memorized the Law and pretended to maintain that non-plumb wall his whole life. When Jesus said, you have to go beyond the misinterpreted words written on scrolls and be reborn as the Son of man, the questioner became befuddled. In the same way, Christians become befuddled, when they read it has little to do with memorizing passages of Scripture and everything to do with being the Son of Yahweh resurrected, so the Law is written in one's soul [through divine marriage], that always means self must first be completely sacrifice to Yahweh. To hear Jesus say, "You can't have your cake and eat it too," sends false Christians away in droves, heads hung low, having no clue that "their neighbor" is the twin soul that must become one's adonay over self.

As the Track 1 Old Testament reading selection, which some Episcopal churches will address on this fifth Sunday after Pentecost in the Year C schedule, the importance is to realize being built with the plumb line of Yahweh never goes away. The plumb line is applied Spiritually, where a soul must fully submit to the Will of Yahweh and doe the pre-marriage engagement tasks that show one’s lamp is kept burning with the oil of divine inspiration, until Yahweh arrives to Baptize one’s soul [make it a Messiah or Christ, through Spiritual Anointment] as His bride. This then leads to a divine pregnancy, where one’s wife-soul becomes the womb in which the soul of Adam-Jesus [Yahweh elohim] is resurrected, making one’s soul-flesh become Jesus reborn. Anything less than this is the falseness that leads to ruin. Thus, the combination of these verses, in Year B as a Track 2 selection and Year C as a Track 1 choice, all Episcopal churches will present this vital reading in a three-year cycle. That says this is important to grasp, as one’s soul depends on hearing the voice of Yahweh speak to it as if it is as wayward as was the Northern Kingdom.

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