Two Kinds Of Weights

Two Kinds Of Weights

Deuteronomy 25:13-16

“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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One Simple Word

One Simple Word

Romans 13:8-10

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity.

Paul breaks it down to one simple word, love.

And he’s not talking about wanting to go over and boink the neighbor.

He’s talking about simply respecting another life.

King Solomon talked about the folly of pride and vanity.  Paul is taking that further.

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  By neighbor Paul means every human life, everyone is your neighbor.

It’s a simple concept but don’t confuse simple with easy. Continue reading

A Commandment Taught By Men

A Commandment Taught By Men

Isaiah 29:13

And the Lord said, because these people draw near with their mouth

And honor me with their lips

While their hearts are far from me

And their fear of me is a commandment taught by men


When I read these lines I wrote down the book, chapter and verse.  At the time I wasn’t quite sure why I wanted to remember this verse I just knew I did.

The more I read it I came to the conclusion that I wanted to remember this one because it prophesizes my disillusion with the organizations that call themselves a church.

This verse is Isaiah telling the people of God’s disdain, for they are just going through the motions.  They have God on their lips but not in their hearts. Continue reading

Evil Lies In The Heart

Evil Lies In The Heart

Evil lies in the hearts of man.

Mark 7:21

Far from within, out of the heart of man comes evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery.

My wife purchased a unique wall decoration.  It was a mask with two faces, some ram horns and a rat on the forehead.  We didn’t have any idea what it was, what is was about or where it may have originated.  All we knew was that it was a unique piece.

So my wife decided to post a picture on Facebook to see if any of her “friends” had any idea what it was or where it came from.  She was looking for any information on the piece. Continue reading