21 To have respect of persons is not good: for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
21 To show partiality is not good, Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress. (NASB)
Sadly, we live in a world dominated by people who like to take advantage of others.
This is important to remember.
There are so many friendly faces and wealthy people to whom people turn in trust for the simple reason that they appear trustworthy or might be able pull some strings.
Another example that comes to mind is of all of those people out there who add to their resumes to get jobs. Through their resumes, they pretend to have received certain degrees, awards, and accolades, or they insert false positions at companies to make it appear they have more experience.
There are also stories of people who are passed over for promotions, and they end up stealing from the company.
It can be easy to misjudge people if we only look at face value and never dig beneath the surface.
Ultimately, only God knows the heart of people.
The Disciples’ Misunderstanding
I could not help but think of one famous biblical story as I read this proverb.
Jesus sat down for His last meal with His disciples before His arrest and crucifixion. Toward the end of the meal, Jesus is breaking bread with them, and then He sends Judas Iscariot to do what he would do.
The other Eleven disciples thought perhaps “that Jesus was saying to him, “Buy the things we have need of for the feast”; or else, that he should give something to the poor.” (John 13:29, NASB)
Instead, Judas went to the Jewish leaders to help them arrest and kill Jesus.
The other disciples misjudged their friend, and Judas sinned against the Bread of Life.
God, help us to not show partiality or favoritism but to treat others with justice. Give us the strength to do what is right even when we disagree or are wronged. Help us to show Your love and grace in all circumstances.