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Genesis 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented robe for him. [4] When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.

           Favoritism occurs throughout the book of Genesis.  Isaac was favored over Ishmael.  Then Isaac preferred his oldest son, Esau and Rebecca preferred the youngest boy, Jacob (Genesis 15:27-28).  Jacob later is forced to marry Leah before he can marry Rachel (his true love).  He showed preference to Rachel (Genesis 29:28-30).  Jacob also showed an  open display of favoritism toward Joseph over his other brothers by giving him a colorful coat.

           In each case. there were prices paid for this preferential treatment.  Again and again, hard feelings developed.  Isaac's sons never learned to honor each other.  His youngest son deceived Jacob and stole his brother’s birthright and then fled for his life.  He stayed in another land for several years for safety.  Leah, the wife Jacob did not choose, spent her entire life having children for Jacob trying to gain his approval (which she never did).  Her unhappiness and desire to be loved can easily been seen through the things she said as she named her children--Reuben (the Lord has seen my misery--Gen 29:28); Simeon (because the Lord heard that I am not loved--Gen. 29:33); Levi (at last my husband will become attached to me--Gen. 29:34); Judah (This time I will praise the Lord--Gen 29:35).  Joseph’s brothers hated him because of his special treatment, so they sold him into slavery and allowed his father to believe that he was killed by an animal.

           When a teacher favors a student, the entire class will reject that student.  They will also become very angry with the teacher.  It is natural for some personalities to be more appealing to us than others, but we must consciously work at not preferring one student over another.  The fruit that comes from such seeds are destructive.  If you hear a student accuse you of having a teacher’s pet, do not take it lightly.  You may be preferring students without your realizing it.  Check you heart and your actions.

          One way to avoid this pitfall, is to determine in your heart to involve each student in your discussion and times of participation.  Methodically keep a mental check to make sure that even the quietest, nonparticipant is encouraged to perform.  You will build relationship with your entire class as you make it a point to be aware of each student every day.

DEAR GOD, EACH STUDENT IS FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE BY YOU.  HELP ME TO SEE THE “UNIQUENESS" OF EACH CHILD.  ALERT ME TO ANY FAVORITISM IN MY LIFE AND GIVE ME THE WISDOM TO AVOID THIS PITFALL.


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