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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Pray For What We Covet

Pray For What We Covet

James 4:1-3

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

I wrote a post about how covetousness is the gateway to all sin.  In it I talked about how it is commandment number ten and leads you right up from nine to six.  And here, in a letter from James to the Jewish Christians outside of Palestine, my thoughts are confirmed. Continue reading

Covetousness – The Gateway Drug

Covetousness – The Gateway Drug

Luke 12:14-15

But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?”  And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Here is a simple definition of covetous from the Merriam-Webster Website Dictionary:  “feeling or showing a very strong desire for something that you do not have and especially for something that belongs to someone else.”

Covetousness, many would associate that word with greed and that would be correct.

Many would say it applies to the rich because they have so much and want so much more and the rich make them angry.  What they don’t realize is that statement demonstrates their own covetousness.

They say life isn’t fair.  How comes they get to be rich and I don’t?  I want someone to set that right for me.

So the desire for so called “social justice” is most often based in sin, the sin of breaking the last commandment. Continue reading