An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Section 8

(Proverbs 20:10 KJV)  Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.

God is not just concerned about the mysterious qualities of eternity.  He is concerned with the everyday business of the world He created.  I mean business literally. 

The earliest reference to this idea is in the Law.
(Leviticus 19:35-6 KJV)  Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure.  Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have: I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt.
We find reference to this concept in the Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, where Congress is given the power
“To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;”
One of the foundations of society is fair trade.  By that I am talking about the market place even though it might apply between nations.  Have you ever been the beneficiary or the victim of government preferences?  It happens all the time in places you might not think of as an abomination.  When we used to spend time in Hawaii there was a municipal golf course on Maui that had rates that were a little higher than I was used to but cheap for Hawaii.  I think it cost me around $50.00 to play a round.  On a resort it would start around $150 so you can see my point.  I should have been happy but I noticed that if I qualified as a local resident I could play for $15.00.

So?  God has given us a standard of treating people equally whether that is in business or recreation.  The basis of that standard is in the Ten Commandments.  Remember, “Thou shalt not lie.”  Remember, “Thou shalt not steal”.  I guess when I saw the deal the locals got I should have been remembering the commandment about not coveting. 

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