God’s Chosen People – Part 1

In today’s culture and societies, a large portion of people think it very narrow-minded and arrogantly that the Jews would call themselves “God’s chosen people.” However, God says they are and always will be His people.

What makes the Jewish people unique among the peoples of the world? What does it mean to be Jewish? The Jewish understanding of being chosen by God has been elusive and mysterious. By them being chosen, it seems to have increased their burden. It has brought more trouble than triumph and has been a root cause for ongoing persecution.

If you are a Christian, I think it is extremely important to know about who the Jew is and why God chose them. Prophecies in Scripture were given through them; Scripture was written by them; and our Lord and Savior came through the “Chosen Jew,” making Him Jewish. So when people have a problem with accepting Jews, they have a problem with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Tension Between Christian and Jew

An unfortunate sense of competition has developed over centuries between the Christian and the Jew because both understand themselves to be people chosen by God. This tension has led to “antisemitism” throughout historical Christianity that, the Jewish people are no longer chosen and are in fact judged as a nation for rejecting Jesus. It is this belief that has caused many Christians throughout the centuries to view mistreatment and persecution of Jews, as a service to God.

The Jewish people were chosen by God for a divine purpose. They  are a unique people with a distinct history and certain common cultural traits. There is something that is far deeper that underlies their heritage: It is the idea that they have been chosen by the Creator for a holy and special purpose.

Only by reading our Bible can we discover the God who chose them and the reasons why He did, as well as His purposes for the nations of the world.

It is only by the watchful hand of God that the Jewish people were not obliterated down through history. They have not only survived, but they have thrived; today they are back in their land, speaking their own language and have a profound influence in the world.

Neither the dominance of foreign nations, nor the “Crusades,” nor persistent persecution in Eastern Europe, nor ultimately Hitler’s final and destructive solution to the “Jewish Nation”, could destroy the Jewish people as a whole.

How can anyone explain the fact outside of God, who chose and continues to preserve, saved this nation of people? The God of Abraham is the only true explanation for this.

The Beginning of the Chosen

The choosing of the Jewish people began with the choosing of a man called Abraham(Abram at that time) and a woman called Sarah (Sarai then). These two were called by God to be parents of a new nation.

The chances of these two becoming parents, let alone a nation, was very highly unlikely. They were both far beyond the childbearing years.

In Genesis 12:1-3, the Lord told “Abram” to come out of thy country, away from family, to a land He would show him. The Lord also tells him that He would bless those who blessed him and curse those who cursed him. God promised this new country would be where he would live, and even set boundaries.

Genesis 15:18 says, “In that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river Euphrates…” The LORD also promised to provide Abraham and Sarah with a son and then to create a nation from their descendants.

The key to God’s purpose for creating this nation is found in Genesis 12:13, which says, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

This fact is further confirmed in the writings of the prophets – the nation of Israel was created by God for the benefit of the nations of the world. The Jewish people were created by God to be a source of blessing to the “non-Jews.”

The Jewish people were called to tell the world about a good God who demanded that citizens of His righteous kingdom care for the poor and marginalized people (people who are pushed to the edge of society by not allowing them a place init). God also condemned the sacrifice of children, the institution of temple prostitution and other horrific practices performed in the name of religion that especially oppressed women, children and those deemed defenseless by the ancient world.

The Jewish people were to bring the understanding that, there is only one God (monotheism). However, the ultimate blessing that the Jewish people would bring to the world was the Messiah, Jesus Christ. God chose the Jewish people to have a relationship with Him personally, and as a nation, so that they could pass that along to the nations of the world.

The Jewish people have a divine destiny and were chosen to bring the Messiah to the world. Their national destiny as an instrument of God, is to bring “Shalom” to the world.

 

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