God did not love the Jews more than the Gentiles. The Jews considered themselves to be religiously elite because of the special grace God had bestowed on them in the giving of the Mosaic Law. Yet, in God’s eyes, the Jews were no greater than the Gentiles “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). God did not favor any particular nation over another. Paul said, “there is no partiality with God” (Romans 2:11). And Paul told the Athenians about God that He “hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth… That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us” (Acts 17:26-27).
God has promised that all men will be held responsible for their deeds on the Day of Judgment (Revelation 20:12). God’s aim was that the Jews may be a tool to reach and save the Gentiles. And He told Moses that the purpose of revealing His mighty deeds to Israel was that “He might show His power, and that His name may be declared in all the earth” (Exodus 9:16).
God showed Himself to the all nations by great wonders wrought through Israel. In this way, the greatest empires (the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian and Medo-Persian) had the opportunity to know God. And God did not stop there. He also sent His prophets to them to encourage them to repent. Obadiah was sent to Edom (Obadiah 1:1), Nahum preached in Assyria (Nahum 1:1), Zephaniah prophesied to Canaan and Ethiopia (Zephaniah 2:5, 12), and Amos and Ezekiel delivered judgments to the Ammonites, the Phoenicians, the Egyptians, and the Edomites (Amos 1:3-2:3; Ezekiel 25:2; 27:2; 29:2; 35:2). And Jonah was sent to preach repentance to the inhabitants of Nineveh in Assyria (Jonah 1:2). This way, God had adequately warned the nations of His will.
Also, the Lord spread His truth to the world through godly individuals. Ruth, a Moabites, was so impressed by her mother-in-law Naomi that she adopted the Jewish faith, and eventually became a progenitor of the Messiah (Ruth 1:16; Matthew 1:5). Righteous individuals shared the truth with kings as in the case with Joseph and the Pharaoh (Genesis 41:38-39), Elijah and Naaman (2 Kings 5:15-17), Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 3:29; 4:2-3), Daniel and Darius (Daniel 6:26), and Esther and Ahasuerus (Esther 8). These kings exercised authority over an empire and to some degree each established true worship among his people. Nebuchadnezzar and Darius even issued specific decrees declaring the God of Israel as the one true God (Daniel 4:1-18; 6:25-27).
God is not the God of the Jews only, but of all nations. He worked through Israel to bring about the fulfillment of His ultimate plan, the redemption of all men.
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