Practical guidance from God for the deli gal and the man with the building plan


Girl behind deli counter.

God says to use fair weights and measures: no thumbs on the scales!

“If you see your brother’s ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to him. … Do the same if you find your brother’s donkey or his cloak or anything he loses. Do not ignore it.” (Deuteronomy 22: 1-3)

What could Moses have thought as God was giving him direction for the people of Israel when he started to “hear” things as specific as that?

  • “I must be cracking up.”
  • “I’ve been working too hard.”
  • “Where did I leave my cloak?”

But Moses wasn’t imagining things. The wonderful plans God had in mind for the people of Israel included not only guidance for managing the “lost and found” but elements of

  • Building codes. “When you build a new house, make a parapet around your roof so that you may not bring the guilt of bloodshed on your house if someone falls from the roof.” (Deuteronomy 22: 8 )
  • Commercial codes. “Use honest scales and honest weights” (Leviticus 19: 36)
  • Fair labor practices. “Pay him [the hired man] his wages each day … because he is poor and is counting on it.” (Deuteronomy 24: 15)
  • Environmental policy. “When you lay siege to a city … do not destroy its [fruit] trees …” (Deuteronomy 20:19); “If you come across a bird’s nest … and the mother is sitting on the young or on the eggs, do not take the mother with the young.” (Deuteronomy 22: 6)

And all of these are still in our Bible.

Life is more fun when you know you’re doing what God wants you to do. So here’s to:

  • Builders who design for the safety of those who use their facilities, and to codes enforcement staff.
  • The people who use fair weights and measures at the deli counter, the fabric counter, and every kind of packaging and manufacturing plant.
  • The farmers who protect their futures and ours by practices that support the long-term success of the land.
  • The good employers wh pay wages on time and the long-ago legislators who passed Fair Labor Laws to protect from the bad ones.

And here’s to you, as you follow God this week.

Copyright (c) 2010 Carlene Byron

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About Carlene Byron

Writer, editor, publicist, communications project manager ... I've written technology and infrastructure; I used to edit New England Church Life and The New England Christian and I've freelanced to publications ranging from Commonweal to Christianity Today. I'm now living in my hometown in Maine and am speaking about global perspectives on suicide prevention.
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