Monday, February 12, 2018
A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
but a just weight is his delight.
My dad ran a country store when I was a boy, and I still remember the scales he used to weigh out a customer’s order. Not much different from the scales in this proverb—weights on one end, meat or meal on the other. My Dad’s scales assured customers that they got what they paid for.
And his scales honored the Lord. For God loves justice and hates injustice. Woe to you who desire the day of Lord, the prophet Amos declares (Amos 5:18). The people hold solemn assemblies, but God despises it all because they turn justice to wormwood (5:7), afflict the righteous . . . take a bribe, and turn aside the needy in the gate (5:12). God cares as much about Monday through Friday as He does about Sunday. Worship matters, but worship without justice is nothing but self-centered noise. Dad knew that. He never missed church, and he never put false weights on the scale.
This proverb touches everybody. Yes, God hates injustice in a country store merchant or a Fortune 500 corporation—the Madoff’s, Enrons, or a roofing company that cheats widows. But fraud is not just corporate, it’s personal. The scale of the scales is irrelevant. Whether it’s insider trading or a padded expense report, a Ponzi scheme or surfing the web on company time, it’s a false balance. And let’s be clear, God hates injustice.
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s day. Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times! Psalm 106:3
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