Weight Problems

No, this will not be a plug for the latest diet.

My reading the other morning was in Amos, which describes God’s controversy with Israel. In 2:13 NKJV, He says, “Behold, I am weighed down by you, As a cart full of sheaves is weighed down.”

Scripture has a lot of things to say about weight, some interesting, some convicting.  For example, in the story of David and Goliath, Goliath is described as wearing armor that weighed 5000 shekels of bronze.  That means little to us, but his armor would have weighed about 125 pounds.  The tip of his spear weighed about 16 pounds, or about the weight of a bowling ball.  He himself was over nine feet tall, so his equipment would be unusual.   Still.

Job gives us the account of a man who suffered extraordinarily and said some things he regretted later.  He said in 6:1, “Oh, that my grief were fully weighed, and my calamity laid with it on the scales,” then in 6:2, he makes this comparison, “For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea”.

As we might put it, Job asked for a sit-down with God to ask Him why he, Job, was suffering so badly.  He hadn’t done anything to deserve it.  Why was God treating him like this? 

He got his wish.  In effect, God asked him, “Do you really want to go there?”  In Job 38-41, He asked Job a series of questions beginning with, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?” 

He had this same conversation centuries later with Israel.  Among other things, He said to them that He weighed the mountains in scales And the hills in a balance, Isaiah 40:12.

He could tell us how much Mt. Everest weighs.  Or Pikes Peak, the mountain pictured in the header for this blog. 

Those aren’t really the problem.

These are the problem:

“Talk no more so proudly;
Let no arrogance come from your mouth,
For the LORD is the God of knowledge;
And by Him actions are weighed,
1 Samuel 2:3.

Surely men of low degree are a vapor,
Men of high degree are a lie;
If they are weighed on the scales,
They are altogether lighter than vapor,
Psalm 62:9.

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
But the LORD weighs the spirits,
Proverbs 16:2.

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
But the LORD weighs the hearts,
Proverbs 21:12.

If you say, “Surely we did not know this,”
Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it:
He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?
And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?
Proverbs 24:12.  All references NKJV, emphases added

And probably the most well-known one of all these.  Daniel 5:27, where Daniel, interpreting the handwriting on the wall, tells the party king Belshazzar, “TEKEL:  You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting [lacking], emphasis added.

Some folks have the idea that, when we stand before God, He’s going to weigh everything we did.  If the good outweighs the bad, then we get to go to heaven.  If it  doesn’t, well, then there’s the other place. 

Since folks recognize that they aren’t what they should be, they try to add some weights to the scale:  church or ritual or good works or any number of things.  What they don’t realize is that, apart from the Lord Jesus, there is no good, that all these things go on the wrong side and only add to our spiritual problems.  They have and are no answer.  

Scripture tells us that, apart from the Lord Jesus, we all stand condemned in the sight of God.  We have already been pronounced “guilty”. 

But don’t even our own consciences tell us that, that we fall short even of what we think is right or wrong.  The new year is a week old.  How many of you have already broken “New Year’s Resolutions”?  I quit making such things a long time ago.  It may be a new year, but it’s still the same ol’ me.

Like Belshazzar of old, we have been found lacking. 

There has only ever been One who could say, “I always do those things which please Him,” John 8:29.  There’s only ever been One who could ask His enemies, “Which one of you convicts Me of sin?” John 8:46.  There’s only ever been One of or to whom God said, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well pleased,” Luke 3:22.

No one, when they finally stand before God to give an account of their life, will be able to go up to the throne and say, “Move over, Jesus.  Now there are two of us.”

In this world, there is no antidote, no counter-weight, no counter-balance, to sin.

Jesus didn’t come into this world in order for us to have a reason to give each other presents or to put cookies out for Santa or to go out and buy a new outfit or have Easter egg hunts.

I used to work in retail and the busiest day of the year was the day after Christmas, when people came in to get refunds or to exchange something for something else.

Jesus came into this world to make a much more important exchange.

In the words of 2 Corinthians 5:21, God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.  As I’ve said before, I’m old. and often prefer the KJV, with which I grew up.  In that version, this verse, slightly updated, reads, in part, He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin.  I like this version because it puts first the amazing, the unbelievable, the incredible truth about Calvary:  He made Him to be sin for us… 

He made Him to be sin for us.

He made Him to be sin for us.

He took all our corruption, all our depravity, all our wickedness, and put it on the head of His only-begotten Son, that One who was holy, harmless and undefiled, Hebrews 7:26.

But that’s not all!

…that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

…we…

…the righteousness of God….

Two things as far apart as east and west.

In the Lord Jesus Christ, they meet…

…and are made real to and for us.

But they are only to be found in Him.

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved,” Acts 16:31.

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