To define equal in our modern society, one would say equal means –
Being the same in quantity, size, degree, or value.
A person or thing considered to be the same as another in status or quality.
Be the same as in number or amount.
same, uniform, equivalent
But, it seems that to the Lord, equal means something different, and thankfully
so. For example, If I were to give everyone “equal” or “same” in terms of a car, we would all get a sports car, but that would be problematic for some, especially those with a large family.
In Church History when the Lord’s people, were introduced to living the law of consecration, the Lord assigned the first Bishop of the Church to give properties and goods to the people, this is what He said –
“Wherefore, let my servant Edward Partridge, and those whom he has chosen, in whom I am well pleased, appoint unto this people their portions, every man equal according to his family, according to his circumstances and his wants and needs.”
Doctrine and Covenants 51:3
Isn’t that interesting?
♦ every man equal according to his family, according to his circumstances and his wants and needs
God’s measuring of equal sometimes is a little different than ours. Ours is exact sameness. His is equal in terms of opportunities, needs, wants, circumstances, etc. Even in terms of trails, spiritual gifts, blessings, assignments, etc.
Some thoughts to ponder –
- How have you seen evidence of this in the gospel?
- As a parent, how is this definition of equal more fair and beneficial for my children?
- How does knowing this, help you to understand His ways (see Isaiah 55: 8-9) a little bit more?
Further study –
See Equal in the Topical Guide