The (Dis)Honest Scales // Tuesday, August 5
Posted: Tuesday, August 5
1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5
Verse of the day:
The Lord detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales. (Proverbs 20:23)
Probably the most memorable chapel service I attended at North Central University was in regards to this proverb. Professor Barnes showed slide after slide of ancient weights and coins from Biblical times, with no commentary other than to point out the precision of their weight and sizes. This was quite remarkable since they were all made individually by hand. I didn’t get the point of his presentation until he closed with this verse: ‘The Lord detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales.’
In Biblical times, every merchant would have a scale and a set of weights for measuring the goods exchanged. A dishonest merchant would keep two sets of weights – lighter ones for weighing his product and heavier ones for weighing your payment. This must have been a common scam because it is condemned numerous times in the Bible.
The Lord detests dishonesty yet I find it all too easy to have dishonest scales in my life. When I rented a campground last year for a Crossroads pool party I low-balled the attendance estimate to get the lowest rental fee possible, yet more than twice as many people actually showed up. This year I decided to give a more realistic number estimate to the camp and they appreciated that! Lord, please convict me when I fail to live up to your expectation of honesty.
Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor