“You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small. You shall not have in your house two kinds of measures, a large and a small. A full and fair weight you shall have, a full and fair measure you shall have, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. For all who do such things, all who act dishonestly, are an abomination to the Lord your God.
These verses are a part of the laws passed down from God to Moses. Moses passed them down to the Jews. This law is God instructing the Jews to treat everyone equally and to not cheat your fellowman. I don’t think anyone, Jew, Christian, atheist or whatever, can argue with that. All of this goes back to the Ten Commandments and obeying them.
What would cause you to cheat your fellowman? When you covet, covet something they have or something you don’t have. So you lie and cheat (bear false witness) to get it.
This is just God giving us a little more detail into living a righteous life. We humans can be very stiff necked and thick headed.
But these verses go beyond commerce with other humans. These verses speak of how you treat everyone every day. It’s about your interaction with others and it’s also about how you treat yourself.
God is telling us to hold all, including ourselves, to the same standards. We need to be honest in how we deal with everything. We need to be honest when judging, or should I say be honest and don’t judge. For if we are honest we realize we don’t know all the circumstances and don’t have all the facts.
It is God telling us to weigh carefully, honestly and openly all our actions and assessments of people and situations. And that is very difficult to do.
We are more forgiving and willing to rationalize things done by people we like, people who agree with us and our point of view. And we are ready to condemn those we don’t like based on what we see, hear or read. We keep two kinds of weights in our house, one for our friends and one for our enemies.
This blinds us and deepens the chasm between us. We don’t realize who is helping and who is hurting because we aren’t being honest with ourselves.
And we keep two kinds of weights to measure ourselves. Sometimes we pull out the one that tells us to make a decision based on what is the easiest and not what is right. We end up not knowing what is right because we never make decisions based on one set of fair and honest weights.
To go through life cheating yourself with two sets of weights is an abomination to yourself and an abomination to the Lord.
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