Leviticus 19:35-36 (NIV)
35 "'Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity.
36 Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah and an honest hin. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt.
Back in Moses' time scales and measuring sticks were important tools in business. That's because people would trade and barter goods in addition to using currency. Businesspeople might be tempted to tamper with their scales and measuring sticks so that they could make or save some extra money.
God comes down on such dishonest practices. In Leviticus 19:35-36 God tells His people that they must use accurate scales and accurate weights so as to not to cheat in their business dealings.
What's the lesson here? We all deal with money and business in some way, whether it's buying or selling goods in the open market. God expects us to be honest and trustworthy when it comes to our dealings in business and money, and He will bless us accordingly. As Jesus says, "if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?" (Luke 16:11)
By the way, if you're wondering what to do with commands you find in Leviticus 19:23-34, many of which may sound odd to us living in 21st century Western culture, check out my GAME sharing on Leviticus 19:11-22.
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