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Matthew 11:19: “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.”
Mark 2:16-17: “And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.””

Garfield the cat was looking down at a caterpillar, who said (thought), “I’m going to be a butterfly”. “And just how are you going to do that?” Garfield asked. “Uh…” the caterpillar says, pauses, and then says, “I know a guy.” When I read that, I smiled, thinking that the caterpillar was referring to the Creator.

Back in my post of Acts 11:25-26, I used the “I know a guy” quote in the analogy of Barnabas and Paul. In society today, it seems like everyone “knows” someone who’s well-connected, has influence or power, or has favors. Garth Brooks turned this phrase on its ear with his old country ballad “Friends in Low Places”. However, when you think about it, it is always nice to know someone who can help you in situations where you cannot help yourself or achieve some goal by yourself.

The scoffers derided Jesus Christ out loud, saying he frequently was seen with “tax collectors and sinners”, the lowest of the low. Even in Mark 2:16-17, they question why He ate with them. How blessed are we sinners that Jesus didn’t separate Himself, but came to us, to save us, to pay our price, to redeem us. Our Messiah wasn’t some upper-crust rich snob who didn’t let himself be seen with those lower in class; instead, He reached out to us, as a Friend.

What a Friend we have in Jesus!

Something to think about.

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Proverbs 11:1-8

verse 1: “A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight.”

The scale: yes, that device most people have in their bathrooms, that sometimes painfully-honest thing that lets you know how much you weigh. In years past, the scales had rotary dials that would spin around and show you your weight. Most sets like that also had an adjustment knob in case the scale didn’t reset perfectly to zero (or in case someone was trying to “adjust” the scales to not weigh as heavy!) Today’s digital versions are, in most cases, electronically accurate…and also impossible to fudge the reading! 🙂 Readers of the Garfield comic strip will remember certain storylines where the talking scale would add insult to injury and make some snide comment to Garfield about his weight…usually resulting in Garfield jumping on it till his he had pounded the scale into oblivion!

The scale, like it or not, is a device to give accurate and fair readings. The Lord is honest and just…and fair. We may not always agree with His fairness; like a child saying “That’s not fair!” we tend to sometimes interpret fairness from our point of view. However, God abhors dishonesty. One of my hot-button issues with my children is “don’t ever lie to Daddy!”. God says the same thing; what’s more, God is not fooled…he has no adjustment dial! His Word is Truth.

Remember, God is fair. He is also merciful, and ready to forgive sins; all we have to do is come to Him…and be honest.

Something to think about.

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