Some of the most memorable lessons of my childhood came from 3, 2, 1 Penguins. Like the episode on this proverb:
“A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
but a just weight is his delight.”
When an Aussie lizard plays against a flight crew of penguins on a life-size board game the story is hard to forget. Here’s the finale song that sums up the whole show:
This verse shows that God hates cheating and skewed evaluations. How do I know? An abomination was the most horrific, shocking thing in Israel. It was the opposite of holy, it was evil opposing God. And He sees dishonesty and bias as abominations. On the other hand, a fair weight is what pleases Him most. God wants a straight-on view of life, not one that is skewed. Why? He explained a little more as He gave the law to Moses, as recorded in Leviticus:
“You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measures of length or weight or quantity. 36 You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. ” Leviticus 19: 35-36
The way we treat each other in daily life directly reflects our values. Because we identify ourselves as Christ-followers, this reflects on God, and others look at the way we act to see what values He holds. He calls us to live by a simple rule of thumb that Jesus highlighted in the Gospels as the “Greatest Commandments.”
“30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this:‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
This hit home for me with how I treat other people I interact with at work, in the store, and on the freeway. So did this passage from James 2:
“My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in,3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?” James 2:1-4
I am so guilty in treating people like they are only skin deep! But God looks beyond appearance to penetrate the person. I am so glad He did this for me, and I pray to re-learn how to see other people. In the end, God loves fair play. And that simple rule impacts every area of life.
God, thank You for Your justice. It’s an aspect we do not highlight often, but it ties right in with love by making sure that evil is dealt with, not ignored. That is what Jesus did by paying off the sin-debt of the world. You do not leave us in the mess we are in, You call us to live in holiness. God, please show me how to love others this way, with “just weights” that reflect Your values. Amen.