Deuteronomy 25:15 (CSB)
15 You must have a full and honest weight, a full and honest dry measure, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
This is a pretty straightforward passage, but it deals with a difficult topic.
It would seem odd to think that God’s command here is literally concerned with the ownership of differing weights and measures. It seems obvious, considering the tie to “acting unfairly” in Deut. 25:16, that the real issue is an attitude of the heart: and issue of honesty. After all, the weights and measures themselves are not “sin”, and simply having them does not constitute sin. It is the use of such items, in a way that is dishonest, that is in fact sin.
So it seems logical that the ownership of such items, with the intent to use them dishonestly, is what God is addressing here. And, it is not a far stretch to then arrive at the conclusion that such items should, in fact, not be owned! It seems quite intuitive that if we have such devices of dishonesty, we have nefarious intentions. We do not, intuitively, think that one who possesses drug paraphernalia possesses it without intention to use it!
Conversely, in Deut. 25:15, it seems absurd to think that the literal ownership of a “full and honest” weight and measure is mandatory to enjoy God’s gift of the promised land for any length of time. Again, the message here is the application of honest dealings. This seems a quite useful “guardrail” of sorts in our lives today. If we acquire items, skills, and acquaintances that enable us to behave and act deceptively, we put ourselves in a position to exercise those things and do just that. But if we acquire honest tools, skills, and acquaintances, we place ourselves in a position to pursue, follow through, and exercise those values, just as God commands.
Lord, thank you for providing us simple, intuitive, guidelines to live by. The pressures of the world constantly batter us, and tempt us, to join in those sinful activities, and I am sorry for joining in those activities and attitudes. I pray that you would embolden us to remain in you, and live lives that honor and glorify you. Amen.