Monday, December 21, 2015

Biblically Speaking - Diverse Weights

Part 7 in my study on what is abomination in the sight of God.

Many believers have fallen into accepting that which is abomination in the sight of God. Unless we study God's Word to learn His Mind on what is abominable, how will we know to purge ourselves from abomination? Lord willing, I will be posting the fruits of my study on the word "abomination," but feel free to leap ahead of me and study it for yourself. What is an abomination to God?

Divers Weights
Deuteronomy 25:13-16 - Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small. Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small. But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the Lord thy God.
Proverbs 11:1 - A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.
Proverbs 20:10 - Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.
Proverbs 20:23 - Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord; and a false balance is not good.

When dividing money, grains, or other materials, a system of balances and weights were used. To have a scale calibrated lighter or heavier than "true" would give the seller unjust gain and profit. God, being the God of order, does not smile at the unjust gain of one. Rather, He lists it in what He finds utterly distasteful.

Today we might find it difficult to identify with this issue unless we think hard. I personally find it applicable in issues such as owing money--do I owe $10.10 to a sibling and try to round it down to $10 without their knowledge? Do I divide the restaurant bill so that I pay less than the others with whom I'm splitting? Am I honest in my tax returns? Those are a few areas that come to mind that parallel with the thought of false balances. What are your thoughts?


Jason McIntire said...

When I think of a false balance, I think of applying double standards. If I judge you for such-and-such, while finding a way to justify pretty much the same thing in my own life, that's a false balance and it does not please the Lord.

Amanda T. said...

Makes me think of Romans 2:1-5, Jason! :)

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