Weighed and Found Wanting
Our sins may be hidden, but they weigh us down as this easy-to-make balance
Sheets of A4 paper or thin card.
Glue or sellotape.
6mm diameter wood dowel 60cm long.
Eno (effervescent) Fruit Salts.
Or Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) and Vinegar.
A tall jug.
- Roll two sheets of A4 paper into cones and glue or sellotape the ends of
- Tie a loop of cotton to each cone and then tie both cones onto the ends
of the dowel stick to make the balance scales as shown in the figure.
- Suspend the dowel with an additional thread from the edge of a table so
that the cones hang freely suspended in the air.
- Adjust one of the threads holding the cones until both hang evenly in
- Place a tablespoonful of Eno in a tall jug and add about 100 ml of water.
Alternately use a tablespoonful of Baking Soda and add 100 ml of
- Wait until the effervescence stops and then tilt the jug over one of the
cones and allow the Carbon Dioxide you have produced to flow into the cone.
(Be careful not to let any of the liquid flow into the cone).
- The Balance should then tilt as the heavier-than-air Carbon Dioxide
fills the cone and upsets the balance of the two cones.
A Balance is shown with two balanced cones. Sins can be hidden from man,
but never from God. Invisible "Sin" is poured from a jug into one of
the cones, making it heavy and spoiling the balance. Now, your sins
have found you out!
Belshazzar the king of Babylon was weighed in God's balance and found wanting.
As a result of his sin, he lost his kingdom to the Medes and Persians.
And what about you? Your family and friends can't see your sins, can
they? So how does God know that we have done any sins? The Bible
tells us that God sees everything we do in secret (Psalm 139:7-12) and that
we cannot hide anything from Him.
I have this Balance that I have made with two paper cones. I'm going to
make both the cones balance evenly. This is like the life Jesus wants
us to live - open, so that you can see inside and outside with nothing hidden
Doing Wrong Things:
However, we sin and do wrong things. Then we try to hide what we have
done from our family and other people. That's like this jug.
I'm going to put two ingredients inside that represent just what happens
when we sin.
Like Adam in the Garden of Eden, we see that forbidden fruit looks good.
We know we must avoid doing wrong things. However, we look, and then
we want it so badly that the devil tempts us and then we do just what Adam
did. We take the fruit and eat it and so sin against God!
Sin is disobeying God and doing the things that do not please Him. The
Bible says that we all sin and fall short of God's perfection.
Hiding from God:
And like Adam, we then try and hide ourselves from God. You can hide
your sins from man, but never from God. I am going to pour this jug
of "Sins" into one of the cones. Now it has made the cone heavy and
spoilt the balance. Ah Ha! Now, you know that I have sinned and
I am found out!
Are you hiding in the bushes waiting for God to call, "Adam, where are you?"
The Bible says, "Now is the accepted time" and it's time we stopped
hiding from God. It's time we came out in the open, even if we
Tell God that you have sinned and ask Him to forgive you. Let God then
take away your sins and restore that balance in your life so that you can
say, "The Lord is my Friend, my Saviour and my Helper."
Let me pour out the sins from this cone and now the cones are balanced
Forgiven and Accepted:
The Bible tells us that the blood of Jesus washes away all our sins.
Perhaps you need to ask God to forgive your sins. And then you can
ask Jesus to be your Friend and Saviour. He will come into your life
and change you into a Child of God, and write your name in His Book of
You then have the right to live eternally in Heaven and know that your sins
have been forgiven!