No Respecter of Persons

Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.

Joshua 17:3-4(NIV)
Now Zelophehad son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Makir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons but only daughters, whose names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirzah. They went to Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the leaders and said, “The Lord commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our relatives.” So Joshua gave them an inheritance along with the brothers of their father, according to the Lord’s command.

Joshua 17:3-4 (MSG)
Zelophehad son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Makir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons, only daughters. Their names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. They went to Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the leaders and said, “God commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our kinsmen.” And Joshua did it; he gave them, as God commanded, an inheritance amid their father’s brothers.
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“But Zelophehad the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons, only daughters; and these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah. They came before Eleazar the priest and before Joshua the son of Nun and before the leaders and said, “The Lord commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brothers.” So according to the command of the Lord Joshua gave them an inheritance among their father’s brothers.” -AMPLIFIED

Here in Joshua we find a good example of how God is indeed no respecter of persons. We find the family of Zelophehad; which was filled only with daughters, coming forward to the leaders demanding that they fulfill the Lord’s command in giving them property.

Now mind you, women do not take a prominent place in most of Israel’s history. In fact, the percentage of woman compared to men in their history is very small. Here in Joshua 17 we find these woman taking a step front and center demanding that their portion of the inheritance be given to them. We then find Joshua and the leaders doing exactly what was asked of them.

A footnote in The Voice shares these thoughts, “Women don’t make many appearances in Israel’s story, mostly because women were not given a prominent role in ancient Middle Eastern cultures, but this episode is a startling example of equality and justice: although inheritance usually is passed from father to the oldest son, this family has only daughters. How will they pass down their land? Well the law of Moses, which has provided for so many things, also provides for this.” -(VOICE)

It is important that we realize the God truly is no respecter of persons. Man tends to be, but God is not.  Jesus was the one who told us that “whosoever” believed could have eternal life. He came to save any man, woman, child, slave, free-man, Jew or Gentile that believed in Him. “For God expressed His love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life.” -John 3:16 (VOICE)

The book of Acts shares these thoughts, “Peter fairly exploded with his good news: “It’s God’s own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open. The Message he sent to the children of Israel—that through Jesus Christ everything is being put together again—well, he’s doing it everywhere, among everyone.” -Acts 10:34-36 (MSG)

The Apostle Paul told the Romans this simple statement. “God has no favorites.” -Romans 2:11 (VOICE)

Paul also told the Galatians this, “In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous “descendant,” heirs according to the covenant promises.” -Galatians 3:28-29 (MSG)

We need to remember that God makes no deference between us. We are all equal in His eyes and He loves each of us equally too. Man, woman, child, free, slave, Jew, Gentile, Muslim, God is calling to you; will you heed His call and answer? Jesus loves you. He desires for you to come humbly to Him, ask His forgiveness, and accept His love. Will you do it?

My Prayer:

Lord, I need to be reminded of your love that makes no deference. Too often I think that you think like a man, but you are not a man. You, God, are greater than any man, wiser, loving and understanding too. I am so grateful that you are exactly who you are. I thank you that your love is available for “whosoever will”. I accept your love; which was given so freely. Help me to live my life in such a way that I shine you to others in order that they too would desire to be a child of the Most High.

 

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