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(#33) The Proverbs of Solomon 11:1-Cheaters, Beware!

Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Judgments Solomon made about individual cases brought to him for Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10), or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 11:1: Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight.

Whatever is “an abomination to the LORD” is as despicable as anything can be, for that places it along with: dabblers in the supernatural, Deuteronomy 18:9-12; prostitution, Deuteronomy 23:18; perverse heart, Proverbs 11:20; lying lips, Proverbs 12:22; everyone proud in heart, Proverbs 16:5. “Dishonest scales” certainly fit in that list. God’s Law through Moses was very explicit about this matter: “You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a heavy and a light. You shall not have in your house differing measures, a large and a small. You shall have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure, that your days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD your God is giving you. For all who do such things, all who behave unrighteously, are an abomination to the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 25:13-16). Anyone who carries “differing measures,” or different weights, is planning to deal unfairly with someone, somewhere, sometime. The “all who do such things” means the practice is wrong, no matter if someone is poor, disadvantaged, under a “glass ceiling,” prosperous, an official of a government, tax assessor, tax collector, manufacturer, or all such “excuses.” When people plan to “buy and sell and make a profit” (James 4:13), it should never be as God condemned in Amos 8:5: “Making the ephah small and the shekel large, Falsifying the scales by deceit.” The “ephah” would have measured the produce and the “shekel” the money to purchase it. Shortening the measurement and acting as if the money amount was larger within a transaction is abominable to God! That describes today’s making the container look the same size but putting less inside; artificially inflating costs by printing more money without value; raising “minimum wage” for the same or less work; shortchanging customers; raising prices while lowering benefits in contracts; or any of the myriad of ways the wicked will invent to “profit.” God’s “fair labor law” was that the “poor and needy” laborer should be paid when the work was done (Deuteronomy 24:14-15), not at the convenience of the employer, regardless of ethnicity! Other proverbs uphold this: Proverbs 20:10: “Diverse weights and diverse measures, They are both alike, an abomination to the LORD;” Proverbs 20:23: “Diverse weights are an abomination to the LORD, And dishonest scales are not good;” probably best summarized in Proverbs 20:14: “‘It is good for nothing,’ cries the buyer; But when he has gone his way, then he boasts.” Minimizing the product’s worth to get a good buy shows intent to deceive. Honest discounts, coupons, merchant sales, or actually factory defective products offered at low prices are not included in this proverb, however. Honest truly applies to economics as well as to words, deeds, relationships!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#abomination, #bible-study, #cheating, #deceptive-business, #economics, #employer, #honesty, #inflation, #life, #manufacturer, #minimum-wage, #poor, #proverbs, #shortchanging, #wealthy, #wisdom

Bad at predicting the future

voo-doo economicsHow’s this for stating the obvious? “Economists of all persuasions have proven to be really bad at predicting the future, especially when it comes to jobs.” In my book, all economists practice voo-doo economics. (Remember who said that phrase?) I’m no prophet (and I’ll avoid the cliché, son of …), so I guess I ought to put myself in their category. Except I don’t get paid big bucks for bad guesses.

• Pray for me: I’ll teach the second part of “Theology of the Pattern” this afternoon in our advanced Bible study series. Liberals heave when they hear the word “pattern” applied to Christianity, and I’ve heard that already from reactions to the title. But we carry on.

• Speaking of liberal-di/progressives, this perfect description of them popped up recently, though used in context of political liberals: “experts at using the supposed depravity of others as a device to advertise their own great righteousness.” Reminds one of the know-it-alls in 1 Corinthians, which we’re reading through now via the NT schedule, who let knowledge puff up, rather than being a tool of love for God and man.

• A strong thought today from QBT: We can do something every day to further the work of God. “The prophets of God were with them, supporting them.” Ez 5.2 NET. (That’s based on the longer devotional on my website today, “Do what you can, and nothing less.”)

• Would you allow me to make a specific application to that truth, as a suggestion to Fellows and, yes, visitors as well? Do something every day to further TFR. A post, a quote, a link, a bone of news.

• Thanks to Rick Kelley’s limericks, I’ve been inspired to do a few, again, lately. See if you can put a Bible verse to the last one, just posted, “Poor John.”

• Finally (finally!), this quote from the UPLift/Your Day to Shine twitter: “No feeling can be sustained, but any thought can be maintained.” Hold that thought.

#biblical-pattern, #daily-service, #economics, #limericks

Cohabitation and economics

Cohabitation and economics are clearly related, but should it be that way? According to many the answer is yes. Check out my blog on this. http://etsop95.wordpress.com/

#cohabitation, #economics, #moral-confusion, #philosphy

Not sure if this has been discussed here…

Not sure if this has been discussed here. http://www.courier-journal.com/article/2009912220363
This article discusses how many ‘seminaries’ are looking to decrease the number of students on campus and go to long distant/internet education formats. I know Jody Apple works with VBI, there is OABS, East Tennessee School of Preaching is looking to this format, and I am sure there are others. With the probable economic collapse in the next few years, do you see preaching schools (and degreed programs) having trouble surviving and others going to other teaching formats?

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#economics, #preaching-schools, #religious-education-format