We need a correct perspective about Israel and the Jewish people being called “God’s Chosen.” There is a desperate need that truth be spoken in order to stand against the inimical lies, false assumptions and crass innuendo that constantly plagues Israel.
I’m amazed at how many people do not have a biblical perspective of what Israel’s calling is about. This despite all the resources and knowledge available. Many, I believe, have a skewered view of the term “chosen”, as meaning the Jewish people are somehow better than the Goyim in Gods eyes. We do the Jewish people an injustice by holding such musings. At the same time we impinge on God’s character.
Israel has been chosen – but not for the reasons many Gentiles believe. One can go through any number of scriptures and read why God chose Israel. None give any reason for the irrational presumption held by many, let alone reason for Gentiles to disdain them. How can one be a Christian and not have admiration towards them and their God, for their virtuosity and accomplishments that have had immeasurably benefits for the Nations? And God’s Word says there is much more to come.
“In the days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will blossom and sprout, And they will fill the whole world with fruit.”
Yet, for all this, they have endured a treatment meted out by their fellow man that no other nation on earth would have endured, let alone survived. No nation had ever outlived 250 years of exile from their homeland. Miraculously they have, which can mean but one thing, God was on their side. Not because the deserved it any more than we do. God has proved His existence and faithfulness to His covenantal promise. As the scripture declares:
“If God be for us, who can come against us.”
Reasons for being Chosen.
1. God chose them as they would be the people through who He would reveal Himself, and His great Name. In other words His character, nature and attributes.
2. He chose them because in being the “least” of the Nations, their incredible impact on the humanity would not, and could not, be seen as coming from a position of strength or superiority. Their ability to achieve harmonizes with their covenantal relationship with God. Whether they acknowledge Him or not. Such is His great mercy.
3. He chose Abraham and his descendants in order that the whole world would be blessed. Not only the Jewish people. His house was intended to be “a house of prayer for ALL nations”. They were the structure, the implement, God chose in order that He may bless those who sought Him.
4. He chose them with the responsibility of being a “light unto the Gentiles”. That may not, as of yet, been fully realized, nevertheless the future holds that promise. In the meantime consider you only know God because of them, and you can only come to saving faith because they gave you the Messiah in Whom you believe.
5. He chose them simple because He decided to. It is He who is sovereign. They became the “apple of His eye.”
These are a few of the validating passages:
“Yet on your fathers did the LORD set His affection to love them, and He chose their descendants after them, even you above all peoples, as it is this day.”
“The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”
“For the LORD will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the LORD has been pleased to make you a people for Himself.”
1 Samuel 12:22
If you are one who gets angry at God consider how much they have endured, how much they have suffered so that you may be blessed. More than one Jew has cried out, “Lord can’t You chose someone else?” Such has been their anguish at times.
Why do so few people appreciate exactly what the cost has been to the Nation of Israel over the centuries for being God’s Chosen? Is there no sense of past history and injustice that have been inflicted?
Why is there such little sense of gratitude and humility in the face of history in recognizing their accomplishments that have benefitted all peoples?
Why do people not consider that the Jewish people did not choose themselves, and have had little option in the matter? Once chosen, they had to bear the mark of God given to Abraham, and to be as clay in His hands.
Now, if we look at the Gentiles, we see they they too have the privilege of being chosen. While Israel had no choice, you have a choice. Incredulously most Gentiles don’t want that which enables them to be “chosen”. And the Jewish people have given us every reason to desire being elevated to such a high position, whereas they, in many cases, have wished that they hadn’t been. Consider Paul’s words:
“For I say that Messiah has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers, and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy;
as it is written,
“THEREFORE I WILL GIVE PRAISE TO YOU AMONG THE GENTILES, AND I WILL SING TO YOUR NAME.””
When last did you as a Christian give God praise for His mercy? What does it take to appreciate this mercy afforded the Gentiles, which has come at great cost to the Jewish people. I’ve truly had it with Gentiles who arrogantly and ignorantly espouse the denouncing of these ancient Sons of Abraham,sac and Jacob.
There is a word from God in Genesis 12:3 for these people, Christian or not. If they refuse to bless the Jewish people they are cursed. God knew perfectly well that Satanic and demonic attack Israel would be faced with as the chosen race. And hell has done its damndest to disrupt and destroy God’s plan. It is for this reason He promised favor to those who stood with them Andre supported them.
For those who love the Lord God of Israel here is a passage showing you too can be chosen. There is no back door to God and His salvation. The door is Messiah Yeshua – He claimed to be the door, and it is the only door for all into God’s Kingdom.
The language of calling Abraham and choosing his descendants comes up again concerning Gentiles – those who seek the God of Abraham, are also called and chosen.
“For consider your CALLING, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;
but God has CHOSEN the foolish things of the world to shame the wise,
and God has CHOSEN the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,
and the base things of the world and the despised God has CHOSEN, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are,
so that no man may boast before God.”
But by His doing you are in Messiah Yeshua who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written,
“LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.””
1 Corinthians 1:26-31.
One could go on looking at other passages that point to true Gentiles believers being chosen. But I think the point is made.
We are grafted into their covenants and promises according to Paul in Romans. We have become partakers with them in their covenants. We have to understand, that their suffering, has been so you and I, can look upon Yeshua, and see Gods forgiveness and mercy on that tree exactly as Isaiah 53 foretold.
Because of Israel, we may come to YHWH and His salvation in their Messiah, through faith, appreciating this is a gift of God, not of ourselves so that no one may boast.
And there your responsibility begins. Being chosen comes with the charge of being the light Yeshua called you to be.
And there will be cost. One surely cannot be the spiritual descendants of Abraham and not face hatred and persecution. And if your life and my life in this world, does not in some sense, mirror that Israel, maybe we have not fully appreciated what it means to be chosen.
“From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Yeshua.”