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Impartiality

The Life of Jesus  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  49:39
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God is impartial

Deuteronomy 10:17 ESV

For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.

See also 2 Ch 19:7
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God treats people impartially

Matthew 5:45 ESV

so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

See also Job 25:3; Job 34:19; Pr 22:2; Ro 2:11; Eph 6:9

God judges impartially

Colossians 3:25 ESV

For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.

See also Job 34:11–12; Ps 62:12; Je 17:10; Ro 2:9–11; 2 Co 5:10; 1 Pe 1:17; Re 22:12

God does not distinguish between people on the basis of external appearance

1 Samuel 16:7 ESV

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”

See also Ps 147:10–11; Je 9:25; Lk 16:15; Ga 2:6; Re 2:23

God does not discriminate against different races or classes

Ac 10:34–35; Ga 3:28
See also Dt 10:18; Job 34:19; Ac 10:28; Ac 15:7–9

The impartiality of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ’s teaching was impartial

Luke 20:21 ESV

So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality, but truly teach the way of God.

See also Mt 20:1–16 a parable of Jesus Christ about divine impartiality

Jesus Christ showed impartiality in his dealings with people

Jn 4:9 Jesus Christ contravened accepted boundaries of partiality in this encounter.
See also Mt 9:10–12; Mt 15:22–28; Mt 20:20–23
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Impartiality commended

James 2:1 ESV

My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.

See also Pr 28:21; 1 Co 3:3–4; 1 Co 4:6–7; 1 Ti 5:21; Jas 2:9

Humanity should judge impartially

Proverbs 24:23–25 ESV

These also are sayings of the wise.

Partiality in judging is not good.

Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,”

will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations,

but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight,

and a good blessing will come upon them.

See also Ex 18:16; Dt 1:17; Dt 16:19; Dt 24:17; Pr 17:15; Pr 18:5; Mal 2:9

Showing impartiality to all people is commanded

Impartiality to foreigners

Exodus 22:21 ESV

“You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

See also Ex 23:9; Le 19:33–34; Nu 15:15–16; Ro 10:12

Impartiality to children

Deuteronomy 21:15–17 ESV

“If a man has two wives, the one loved and the other unloved, and both the loved and the unloved have borne him children, and if the firstborn son belongs to the unloved, then on the day when he assigns his possessions as an inheritance to his sons, he may not treat the son of the loved as the firstborn in preference to the son of the unloved, who is the firstborn, but he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the firstfruits of his strength. The right of the firstborn is his.

Impartiality to the poor

Exodus 23:6 ESV

“You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in his lawsuit.

See also Ex 23:3; Le 19:15; Pr 29:7; Jas 2:2–7

Ways to avoid partiality

By not accepting bribes

Exodus 23:8 ESV

And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of those who are in the right.

See also Job 36:18; Pr 15:27; Is 1:23

By not following the crowd

Ex 23:2; Mk 15:15

Christians should be partial towards spiritual principles

Matthew 6:24 ESV

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

See also Mt 12:30; Mt 7:13–14; Mk 9:39–40

Examples where impartiality is absent

Ge 25:27–28 Isaac and Rebekah to Jacob and Esau; Ge 29:30–32 Jacob to Leah and Rachel; Ge 37:3–4 Jacob to Joseph and his brothers; 1 Sa 1:4–6 Elkanah to Hannah and Peninnah
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