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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Favoritism (02/28/05)

TITLE: Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Whose God's Favorite One of All?
By Deborah Bauers


“Hey, dudes! I had this awesome dream last night! I was, like, yo main man! My bros, you was all bowin’ down to me and doin’ everything I said. It was like, totally cool! I was all into it and feeling really awright… ya know?” “And it came to pass that when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stripped Joseph out of his coat…and they took and cast him into a pit…and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver; and they brought Joseph unto Egypt” (Genesis 37:23-28).

And later…”and Pharoah took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand…and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt” (Genesis 41:42-43).

“My God, thou art angry with thy servant. I have taken what belonged to another and made it mine. I did behold her beauty and desire her above all others. Her husband hath been slain in battle and she is with child. I will take her, now, into my house and she shall be mine. “And the thing that David had done displeased the Lord (II Samuel 11:27).

And later…”I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart…Of this man’s seed hath God…raised unto Israel, a Savior, Jesus” (Act 13-22-23).

Does God show favoritism? Perhaps, not with respect to his universal will. There are promises and principles in scripture that apply to all. Every man, woman, boy, and girl, may receive the promise of salvation through Jesus Christ. The prayers of a righteous man or women impact the heart of God. God loves each of his children, unconditionally. His love is not predicated upon our good works or the potential that He sees in us. In fact, the Bible teaches us that, apart from God, we cannot obtain righteousness. When we examine God’s universal will, we find that it does not discriminate and is not biased. God invites all who will, to come to Him.

However, does God, in His individual dealings with men, ever play favorites? I believe that scripture teaches that He does. Enoch is the only man we know of in the Bible that was able to simply “CLEP” out of the school room of life, and go on to be with God. Moses had the solitary honor of being buried by the Lord, Who revealed Himself in the burning bush as, I Am. Rehab the harlot, found favor in God’s eyes because she hid the Israelite spies, in the land of Canaan. She is listed in the lineage of Christ. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was highly favored as the woman who would bear the Son of God. The apostle John, was called “the beloved” of Jesus and is the only apostle who, according to history, did not die a violent death. Peter was anointed by God to be the “rock” upon which the New Testament Church was founded. The nation of Israel was by God to be His people and the first recipients of the Gospel.

Contrast these examples of God’s special favor with what occurred in the lives of Pharoah, Esau, and Judas. God “hardened” Pharoah’s heart in order that His plan for Israel be fulfilled (Exodus 7:13). The scriptures record that Jacob was the choice son through whom the line of Christ would come. Esau was simply passed over. (Romans 9:13). John 13:18 suggests the likelihood that Judas was a chosen instrument of God’s plan for Jesus’ betrayal and death. In the following passages of scripture, Paul addresses the anticipated questions about the fairness of God’s righteousness, in light of His showing such favoritism. Consider these verses:

I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion…O man, who art thou that repliest against God…Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? (Romans 9: 14-21).

The end of the matter of God’s favoritism may be found in Romans 9:22-23. - Bottom line? God may show favor, or God may show nothing. No matter what He demonstrates, He can never violate His own character. He is, YHVH Tzidkaynu, Lord of Righteousness. However, through showing His mercy, God demonstrates the riches of His glory.

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Phyllis Inniss03/09/05
You have shown God to have favourites and quoted where He said he will show mercy on whom He will show mercy. However, He gives us free will to choose to obey Him and in so doing we may attain righteousness and become disciples of God.
donna robinson03/10/05
The first part of the story didn't seem to go with the rest of the story. It confused me when it started out one way and then abruptly changed. But what the story in general made me think again that even God's chosen like David didn't always get it right. That we can fail and still come back and ask for forgiveness and find favor again.
Sally Hanan03/10/05
Yes, it is hard to hear that we are dispensible, but we are also loved much, and we get to be a part of the big picture, just like those more favored ones.
Nancy Hardy03/11/05
While you have made your story's message quite clear, I, at the same time, was confused. I agree that the Lord found favor with the various examples you have chosen, but He has also found favor with ALL who accept His gift of salvation. I am no more deserving of His grace than anyone else, yet I don't view that as 'favoritism,' but rather, His unconditional, mercy, offered freely to everyone. Certain people, both then and now, have been set aside for specific tasks, but His love and devotion to them is just as intense has His glorious love and devotion to me. Perhaps, I misread/misunderstood, which is most likely the case. If I have, please accept my apology for my long-windedness and disregard my bloviating. :-) This is a thought-provoking read and that is vitally important in a world that has taken up the penchant of thinking less than is healthy- myself included. Warm Regards, Nancy