God has no favourites because He is ‘no respecter of persons’ (Acts 10:34). God’s children receive chastisement when they stray from God, and those playing fiddle and hopscotch with the devil are openly and warmly welcomed by God once they turn to Him. So if God is not partial why do some people seem favoured more than others? You may ask. It simply has nothing to do with God. When Cain killed his brother Abel because ‘the Lord looked with favour on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favour’ (Genesis 4:4-5), he seemed to blame God for being unfair. However, the preceding verse clearly states that, ‘Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. But Abel brought fat portions from first of the firstborn of his flock’ (v4). The Lord tells Cain;
‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?’
Although we cannot appease God with our works, all He requires from us is to yield to His will, and let Him guide and lead us. Abel gave the best and first of what he had to God and not just leftovers of what remained, and so God was pleased. It was not because Abel was special in any way but it is the simple fact that He did what was right in God’s sight. In fact, even for God’s first chosen people, the Israelites, God through Joshua tells them, ‘But just as every good promise of the Lord your God has come true, so the Lord will bring you all the evil he has threatened, until he has destroyed you from this good land he has given you, if you violate the covenant of the Lord your God’ (Joshua 23:15-16).
God’s impartiality is also evident when Joshua asks God;
“Are you for us or for our enemies?”
“Neither,” he (the Lord) replied . . .
No one ever ascends spiritually to be above God’s radar, and no one is exempt from God’s wrath when they turn from His ways- be it a Theologian, a Prophet or a Priest. David whom the Lord testifies of, ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart’ (Acts 13:22), sins by committing adultery with Bathsheba and murdering her husband to cover up. God, through the Prophet Nathan rebukes him, ‘Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? . . . Now, therefore the sword shall never depart from your house’ (2 Samuel 12:9-10). On the flip side, no one is too far from God to be received by Him. Rahab a prostitute from the enemy nations was spared because she aligned with God’s purpose (Joshua 2).
In the Old Testament accounts, one may seem to think that God favoured the Israelites against Egypt. However, God was ‘bringing judgement on all the gods of Egypt’ (Exodus 12:12), and it had nothing to do with His preference for any side. God subsequently commands the Israelites, ‘Do not abhor the Egyptian because you lived as an alien in his country’ (Deuteronomy 23:7) The Canaanites and the other six nations however, were to be completely wiped out because it was not a physical war, but a spiritual one. One which began ’when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them’ (Genesis 6:4).
These fallen angels lying with humans produced Nephilim who made up the nations God destroyed. For instance, of one of the Kings of the nations, ‘his bed was made of iron and was more than thirteen feet long and six feet wide’ (Deuteronomy 3:11). When the Israelites saw them they remarked, ‘All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of the Anak came from the Nephilim)’ (Numbers 13:33). So, these were clearly mutants from the dark world who sprung up even after God wiped the earth with a flood. They were not God’s creation but the devil’s ingenuity and wickedness, and thus the Lord commanded, ‘Do not look on them with pity and do not serve their gods, for that will be a snare to you’ (Deuteronomy 7:16).
‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all in Jesus Christ’ (Galatians 3:28). For the same God who had men as His disciples, appeared first to women after resurrecting, and the same God who lived among Jews let an African, Simon of Cyrene, carry His cross for Him. The same God who hanged out with the poor and lowly and yet was rich, does not care about one’s status or financial standing but one’s spiritual standing. ‘For the Lord your God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes’ ~ Deuteronomy 10:17.