Why did God select the Israelites as His “chosen” people?

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“The LORD did not set His affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath He swore to your forefathers that He brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands” (Deuteronomy 7:7-9).

The Bible states that the Israelites were the descendant of Abraham. Among all the people of Earth, Abraham worshiped the One God the Creator of all. When Abraham and his wife could not have children for a long time. God heard his prayer and gave him a son in his old age miraculously and Abraham loved His Son very much. But when God tested him, Abraham did not hold back his son. Of course, God did not allow him to kill his son. God only wanted to show Abraham how hard it was for God Himself to offer His only Son to save Humanity – that the Creator of the universe would die for the created beings (John 3:15).

Because of Abraham’s love and obedience to God, God chose him and his descendants – the Israelites – to carry His truth and knowledge to the whole world who were heathen at the time. God’s purpose was for Israel to be a distinct people, a nation who pointed others towards God and His promised provision of a Redeemer and Savior.

But when the nation of Israel crucified the Son of God, His promises and covenant with them were transferred to the NT church. Today, anyone that accepted the Lord Jesus Christ became part of the family of God “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

 

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