TEKEL

TEKEL                                                                                                                                              Andy Hollifield 2-13-17

“Thou art weighed in the balances and found wanting.” Still don’t recognize it? Daniel 5:27, the second word in the handwriting on the wall in Daniel 5:5. This post came about in church on Sunday morning simply because my scales broke at home. That’s right; God is using a set of broken bathroom scales to teach us something. They are actually like we get a lot of times; still functional but not accurate and therefore useless. My scales will operate but when you try to weigh on them you get an “E” meaning error. For a diabetic trying to lose weight, that is useless. On a daily basis, it is only by those scales that I can tell if my efforts are actually working. If I lose weight, my sugar will eventually drop and I will be more healthy and more functional and useful. My sugar readings may fluctuate depending on what I take in, but if my weight continues to drop I know I am still on track to reach my ultimate goal of not needing to take medicine. By now you are probably thinking that you really didn’t need a lesson on diabeties and weight loss. That is not the lesson, I was just explaining how the lesson came about. God can use anything to teach his children whatever he needs them to learn.

I was sitting in church Sunday morning and happened to think that I needed to go by Wal-Mart to get a new set of scales while I was close by. For some reason it dawned on me that scales were talked about in the bible. Isaiah talked about God “weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance.” Balances are a type of scale that we have all seen if we have been to a courthouse. We have seen the statues of “Justice” where it is a lady blindfolded with a pair of balances in her hand. Meaning that justice is blind and fair. It was interesting to me that both words, scales and balances, were used 10 times in the scriptures. Only the scripture in Isaiah referred to weight scales but all 10 times balances are mentioned it refers to fairness. The scripture in Daniel was the first to come to mind and I began to think about my spiritual life being put in the balances, how am I going to fair? Just like my physical life and bathroom scales, will weighing my spiritual life prove I am doing good and gaining ground or that I am falling behind little by little? To quote an unfortunate old saying, “the numbers don’t lie.”

As the Lord brought scriptures to mind, I jotted them down on my notepad I keep in my bible cover so I could look them up later. I am finding that if I make notes when I think of something I am more likely to remember it. The first scripture that came to mind was Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Not a very favorable scripture if you are looking for balance on the scales. Kind of makes it look really bad for those that think salvation and entrance into heaven is based on works. You know those that think “well, I will wait till I get there and hope that the good outweighs the bad.” Well guess what? It don’t. The next scripture wasn’t any more favorable for us. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” It’s looking worse all the time if we are weighed in the balances. Here is another one for you; James 4:17 “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” It gets worse. Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: (11) There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. (12) They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” And the last one; Mark 10:18 “And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.” Well that pretty much settles it don’t it? If Jesus didn’t consider himself good, then there is no use thinking we could possibly come out ahead by being weighed in the balances. No use for me to try stepping on the scales with my works of righteousness because I will only embarrass myself.

I am glad that we do have hope though. Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast. (10) “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” I am thankful that our works do not make it onto the balances but when Jesus puts HIS WORKS on the cross on our side, we come out on top. The scales tip in our favor by his works, not ours. Just by his grace and his alone. Our works don’t even move the scale for justification at all. The only thing we had to do with it was when he dealt with our heart by way of the Holy Ghost, we had to accept him. The gift was offered but we had to accept it. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave…” That why. Not because we deserved it and definitely not that we earned it. But just because he loved the world and he gave. Ephesians 2 goes on to tell in verse 11 what we were in time past. Just uncircumcised Gentiles. Verse 12 aliens without Christ and strangers with no covenant of promise. Hopeless and without God in the world. No way of changing our hopeless position and destined to die in our sins without any hope. BUT, BUT, BUT, BUT, BUT, now! NOW in Christ Jesus ye (that’s us) who sometimes were afar off ( way, way, off; that’s us) ARE (not might be or could be or may be or have the possibility of being if we’re good enough) but ARE made nigh ( that means close, as in next of kin) by the blood of Christ. Ain’t that good! I guess that makes us special huh? There is no way that my works could have possibly been able to buy all of that! I am so glad that I haven’t had to earn my way by being weighed in the balances! I like what Ephesians 2:19 says “Now therefore (because of what he has done) ye are no more (used to be but never again) strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, (we are NOW part of the saints) and of the household of God.” Did you catch that? We are part of his household. That means we belong to him. We are his and have been bought with a great price. We belong to him and therefore the devil best not mess with us! We are God’s kin. Part of HIS family.

You have been weighed in the balances and found wanting. Did you catch that? Have been meaning past tense and not any more. When he sees me now I am not lacking anything. I am pleasing in his sight because of Jesus. I measure up because of that shed blood and the remission of my sins. Not wanting, not coming up short, but pleasing in his sight. Saved to the uttermost! Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

 

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