Be Honest AND Fair Deut. 16:18-20; 19:14-20; 25:13-16 (HCSB) Feb. 12, 2012
Many have been told by their parents to tell the truth or get spanked for lying and any other bad action. Many people have received good training from their parents. Do you think it is as prevalent today? I certainly do not think so. School teachers can testify to the kind of parents and teachings in the home that follow the child to school. We definitely need to teach children
and adults to Be Honest and Fair.
1. Expect . . Justice from All. 16:18-20
A. Expect Justice be Careful in . . Appointing Judges. 16:18
18 “Appoint judges and officials for your tribes in all your towns the LORD your God is
giving you. They are to judge the people with righteous judgment.
B. Expect Justice be Cautious In the . . Activity of the Judges. 16:19-20
19 Do not deny justice or show partiality to anyone. Do not accept a bribe, for it blinds the
eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. 20 Pursue justice and justice alone,
so that you will live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you.
I heard that President Eisenhower said, “my appointment of Warren for the Supreme Court was one of the worse decision I ever made. Have you ever appointed someone for a position and then found out it was a bad mistake? Judges can be great or nothing like what the appointing person desired. In the text the instruction was to appoint judges. These men were to perform in righteousness, with justice and partiality to no one. We need to expect judges to act righteously today refusing bribes because they tend to blind the judge to the truth.
2. Expect . . Honesty from All. 19:14-20
A. Expect Honest Actions . . Toward Neighbors. 19:14
14 “You must not move your neighbor’s boundary marker, established at the start in the inheritance you will receive in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess.
B. Expect Honest . . Testimonies toward Everyone. 19:15-17
15 “One witness cannot establish any wrongdoing or sin against a person, whatever that
person has done. A fact must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
16 “If a malicious witness testifies against someone accusing him of a crime,
17 the two people in the dispute must stand in the presence of the LORD before the priests
and judges in authority at that time.
C. Expect Honest . . Trials for Everyone. 19:18-20
18 The judges are to make a careful investigation, and if the witness turns out to be a liar
who has falsely accused his brother,
19 you must do to him as he intended to do to his brother. You must purge the evil from you.
20 Then everyone else will hear and be afraid, and they will never again do anything evil like
this among you.
If you are honest you expect honesty and God expects us to be honest with our neighbors and
strangers. A few years ago a person made an unkind remark about me and 2-3 people came to my defense.
Those testimonies meant much to me. I especially like that because I did not ask for it. The text urges us
to give a good testimony and to have a good testimony. To believe a witness it must be the same from two
or more. Have you ever hear of the boys who arrived late for class and said they had a flat tire; then the
teacher sat them in different corners of the room and told them to write down which tire it was. The text
says to purge the evil from you and then others will know and be afraid. All nations need to practice that.
3. Expect . . Fairness for All. . 25:13-16
A. Expect Fairness in . . Measurements. 25:13-15a
13 “You must not have two different weights in your bag, one heavy and one light.
14 You must not have two differing dry measures in your house, a larger and a smaller.
15 You must have a full and honest weight, a full and honest dry measure, . . . “
B. Expect Fairness in . . Merits. 25:15b-16
“. . . so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
16 For everyone who does such things and acts unfairly is detestable to the LORD your God.
How to you measure giving and receiving. Do you use the same kind of measuring instrument? We
have heard about some who would borrow with a large measuring cup and return with a small one. Years
ago a magazine had a cartoon on the front that showed a butcher with his hand on the scale pushing down
so it looked like the weight was more that it was in reality. The Lord expects better from his children. He
promises a long life for a righteous person. The unrighteous person is called detestable to the Lord.
I certainly do not want to be thought of as a detestable person to anyone but certainly not the Lord. Let us
Be Honest AND Fair . Amen? Amen!