I remember when cereal boxes contained this message:
Contents sold by weight not by volume. Some settling of contents may have occurred during shipping.
This phrase stayed with me through the years. I’ve watched (as you probably have) the amount of product get smaller and smaller while the product packaging (and the price) remains the same size. I remember a time when a normal bag of potato chips actually contained 16 ounces of potato chips. Then the amount began to be reduced: first to 14 ounces, then to 12 ounces, then to 10 ounces, etc. The change has been subtle over the years and relatively unnoticed. Now, we think a 10 ounce bag of potato chips is normal! But I digress.
The “settling of contents” and it being “shaken together” is what this post is about. You realize that packaged dry goods settle during shipping leaving room in the package for more product. Even if a manufacturer added more product, the contents would again settle in route to the store shelf…and leave room for more product.
This is one thought Jesus spoke of in Luke 6:38 when he said Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. His promise to the giver is a giving back in a manner that is “shaken together.” As we give what we receive is “shaken together” to allow more room for more contents.