Deuteronomy 25: Be Fair with God
It is so interesting how the Bible is so theoretical yet so practical at the same time. In Deuteronomy 25, it seems as if God realizes that people will often times cheat for any advantage they can.
Deu 25:13 Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small.
Deu 25:14 Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small.
Deu 25:15 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.
God wants us to treat people fairly. If we agreed to sell someone 10 yards of fabric, our yardsticks better be 36 inches long. We can’t try to shave a little off and give our neighbor is 35.5 inches. That wouldn’t be ethical.
Even if the other person doesn’t notice that we did this, if we act with the intent to cheat them out of something that should rightfully be theirs, it is our problem.
To tie this to a slightly larger theme, think about what Jesus told the people about paying their taxes to the Roman Empire.
Mar 12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.
Again, we are supposed to give to the people who own what we have. Paying taxes is part of our obligation as citizens, so we need to be honest with them. Even more importantly though, we need to give God what He deserves.
God essentially deserves everything in our lives, so that it is tall order. However keeping with this theme of this post, we need to be fair with everyone. That includes God.