17 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.


After receiving the second pair of tablets, Moses spoke to the children of Israel and he spoke to them about the Lord. He taught them the principle of truly loving the Lord with their heart and soul, and keeping His instructions (Deut. 10:12-13). This is the same principle that Jesus taught to those that would follow Him (which is us). Jesus said that we should love the Lord with all of heart and soul, and that we should also love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Then we see Moses share a word that should stay in our hearts. Our God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. There is no other god or no ‘higher authority’ that is over our God.

Secondly, Moses states that the Lord shows no “partiality” nor does the Lord take any bribes. Now, this is an interesting statement because we, the children of God, would say that we are blessed and highly favored which is most definitely true. So, what is meant by the Lord showing no partiality? We live in a world where who you are means a great deal to a lot of people, and because of who you are, you can go where others cannot go and you can also get away with some things. We often make jokes about that, but we all know that this is a true thing that happens in our society. Now, if mankind had its way, this same rule would work when it comes to the Lord – our stature and our titles (our perceived power) in the world would mean something to the Lord. The idea being that we would get special treatment from the Lord because of our stature in the world.

God does not play favoritism in that manner! Yes, He is partial to those who He loves and who loves Him in return, but the Lord could not care less about man’s stature and perceived power in the world. This is very evident throughout scripture – just remember Pharaoh and how the Lord treated him. So, don’t be foolish and believe that because you are a somebody in this world (or trying to become a somebody in this world), that God is going to value you over someone else who you may deem to be of lesser value. The Lord simply does not work that way. Thankfully, the Lord shows no partiality nor can He be bribed.