My Favorite Proverbs: Practicing Fair Business (Proverb 11:1)
Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight.
Norman Rockwell had a famous and humorous painting in which a butcher had his thumb on the top of the meat scales pushing down, and the customer had her finger under the scales pushing up. It was duel-cheating.
The old scales have been replaced by computers but good, old-fashioned integrity is still often at a premium. This proverb says God pays attention to the business affairs of men.
Honest weights and scales are the Lord’s; all the weights in the bag are His work (Proverbs 16:11).
Diverse weights and diverse measures, they are both alike, an abomination to the Lord (Proverbs 20:10).
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 (Deut. 25:13-14).
Are you honest in all your dealings? Jesus put it this way: “But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one” (Matt. 5:34-37).
This is clean and simple. We should adopt it for business practices large and small and every single time. What I tell a man must always be the truth. I must pay attention as a Christian to the qualities people attach to my name when they hear it. As with obeying the civil law (Rom. 13:5), I should do this, not merely because of the problems deceit could cause me, but I should do this for “conscience sake”. My business dealings aren’t merely between men and myself. They are also between God and me.
“Provide things honest in the sight of all men” (Rom. 12:17, KJV).
Family Bible Time with Glenn and Cindy
David and Bathsheba (continued)
1.Tonight’s Bible time for teens is an assignment. Take the definitions from Strong’s that we extracted last night and, for tonight just list all of the simple one-word adjectives that come from these definitions. Make this all one list and make it on heavy paper. Artsy girls may want to make it colorful and even use calligraphies. Boys may want to type it. The list should have about 30 adjectives on it and should begin with:
Before you have them tack or tape these lists to their closet doors or bathroom mirrors, be sure daughters remember that these words are for help in making decisions when shopping or getting dressed every day. Stress to boys that they each want to be looking for a girl who cares about this list of words when it comes time for choosing a wife. remember, these are God’s words; not the words of any Bible class teacher or preacher.
2.Now, for all the children, read and explain 2 Samuel 11:3. This is the verse that tells exactly who the beautiful woman is. Make sure they know the following:
Bathsheba’s husband–Uriah, a man of honor in David’s army.
Bathsheba’s daddy– Eliab, One of David’s 30 warriors (2 Samuel 23:24)
Bathsheba’s grandaddy–Ahithophel. Many people believe this to be the very same Ahithophel who was respected so much that people thought his counsel was straight from God. ( Samuel 16:23)
3. The point you are wanting to make to your children here is that Bathsheba was from a good and well-respected home. She did not need David in any way. She lived in the same neighborhood with the palace. She had a lot going for her, but she was about to lose her self-respect and her home, because she failed to see the blackness of sin. The devil always tries to make sin look good. In fact, he wants sin to look better than our blessed lives when we walk in His ways.
4. Finally for tonight, make the children see that David still (in verse 3) could have turned back and not taken Bathsheba for himself. Just because we are tempted to sin does not mean we are already sinning. When we are tempted to sin, we have a choice. We can walk away and not do the wrong thing or we can choose to do the wrong thing.
At this point, turn to James 1:14,15:
But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
Explain this progression, as best you can, to children of all ages. Ask them what things we might do to stop ourselves when we want to do the wrong thing. What can we do to make ourselves decide not to do wrong when we really want to do wrong?
Start here and make a list of temptation-busters:
a. Prayer to God in the moment of temptation…
5. Have your kids repeat the KidSing rule: Do the right thing.
6. Pray with them. Before you pray remind them that Jesus taught us to pray “Lead us not into temptation” (Mt.6:13), and include this in your prayer.