Weigh me on a set of honest scales so God has proof of my integrity. Job 31:6 (MSG)
I always loved it when teachers graded on a curve. I knew I would be well ahead of most people in my class without having to put forth much effort!
We love scales, don't we? There's something in my innate human nature that likes to mentally and spiritually measure myself, especially when I can then place myself on the curve ahead of a lot of other people I know.
"Well, I might not be perfect, but at least I don't [name a sin here] like that guy!"
"Yes, I secretly struggle with that, but I'm not publicly disgracing myself by acting like [name a person here]!"
As I thought about Job's request to be weighed, it strikes me that Job's argument all along has been one of measurement. "Weigh the evidence," he's asking. "I'm not like the wicked, and my goodness should account for something."
I, of course, have the luxury of viewing Job's ancient arguments from this side of Jesus' teaching on the subject. Jesus taught that we can keep the entire law, yet fall short in one small, insignificant sin – and we're still as guilty as if we broke every rule of the book. God doesn't grade on a curve. In his scales, not one of us measures up.
That's why we need a savior.
That's why he sent His Son.
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