DayBreaks for 05/16/13 – The Sweepings With the Wheat
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This verse from Amos comes in the midst of a series of accusations by the Lord against the northern ten tribes. God was enumerating the offenses of Israel for which they would be punished by going into enforced exile under the Assyrians. The greed of the people had become so great that instead of being moved with compassion toward the plight of the needy, that they would make the needy slaves in order so the needy could have shoes instead of just giving them shoes!
But that’s not all. The Lord goes on to accuse them of “selling even the sweepings with the wheat.” What does this strange saying mean? I think it means this: wheat was sold by volume or by weight. Those who were selling the wheat would sweep it up from the threshing floor and it would include dirt, dust, perhaps even rocks and pebbles. They didn’t bother to separate the trash from the wheat, and they sold it by weight/volume as if it were all wheat!
I think that there is a real application to our day and age. As far as most of us are concerned, we don’t sell wheat for a living, so we can’t apply this literally to our lives. But we can apply the principle. Any of us who work for someone else are selling something: our time. We “sell” our time daily in exchange for money. What I’m wondering is how pure our “time” is. Are we giving our employers a solid 60 minutes each and every hour of productivity? If we aren’t, we are like the people in Israel long ago who sold some wheat, but also the trash and sweepings that made it less than a full measure of what was being paid for.
Today you are selling your time for a wage. How honest are you in your dealing with your employer? Give full value for what you are paid. God will be glorified through your work when you present it honestly to your employer and to Him!
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