Have you ever wondered why God chose the Jewish people? Why did the creator of the universe pick one people group? Well a revelation came to me the other day as I’ve been reading Torah, the first five books of the bible, and it’s been such an amazing revelation I felt led to share it. Hopefully, it will encourage, challenge and more than anything enlighten everyone to the great love our Heavenly Father has for us, and the lengths He will go to get our attention.
I’m not going to make this a quiz, I hated pop quizzes when I was in school, and no one’s going to be graded, but I have to ask: Did you know the Jewish people had an opportunity to say no to God?
In Exodus 19:5-8 it reads; “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”
So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the Lord had commanded him to speak. The people all responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has said.” So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord.”
At one point the nation of Israel actually had an opportunity to say, “you know, we are really freaked out right now and so we’re going to pass.” But of course why would they do that when God had just delivered them from brutal slavery, right? He had parted the red sea and saved them from the mighty Egyptian army. Regardless, they had an opportunity to say no.
Why is this significant? This is one more indication of just how much God loves us. He didn’t tell the Israelites that they must serve Him, on the contrary, He laid out for them what He would do if they chose Him as their God. This is the creator of the entire universe, and He is asking them. Wow!
Now, we know how Israel tested God and disobeyed Him time, and time again, however, what I found quite amazing was what Moses shares with the Israelite’s in Deuteronomy 7:7-8;
“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 the 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.”
Do you see it? God didn’t choose them because they were the smartest, the strongest, the biggest or the prettiest. The reason He chose Israel is because He loved them and He was keeping His promise.
How many of you have had someone to break a promise? It hurt didn’t it? I’ve been on both sides and I know the look of disappointment that someone gives when a promise is broken, and I’ve experienced the heartbreak when someone really close breaks their promise.
Isn’t it amazing, that the creator of the universe, the Alpha and the Omega, cares so deeply and so passionately that He will never break His promise.
So, all of the above got me to thinking and then God began laying it all out for me and that’s what I’m sharing with you now.
I wondered why pick the Jewish people? Well, He had to pick someone to demonstrate to the rest of the world that He is the Only Living God, why not the group that has the fewest members. Also, when you read about some of the other groups that surrounded the Israelite’s, it’s clear they probably weren’t the most physically imposing. Apart from all that, God needed a people He could trace a linage through. He needed to appoint a founding father, so to speak, and so He chose Abraham.
Abraham had a son, Isaac, and it’s through Isaac that God said His linage would be blessed. Isaac had a son, Jacob, who later God renamed to Israel, and Jacob/Israel was the father of twelve sons and those twelve sons are the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel.
God never does anything by accident. Everything He does is for a reason. He poured out His heart to the Israelite’s and asked them to keep His laws, but He knew it was going to be impossible for them, or anyone for that matter, to keep His standard of holiness.
We are talking about the creator of life and all that is good. He is holy, meaning set apart from everything else. He is compassionate, loving, caring, and He knew even His chosen people would in the end fail to keep His commandments. So, He had to have a linage. It had to be able to be traced so that the entire world would know exactly who He is and what He desires.
How many world religions attempt to set themselves up as “the way to god”? But when you do any research the histories of all religions fail to encapsulate one key factor that separates the Only Living God from all the false ones. That being a God who loved and cared so deeply that He chose to keep a promise.
When God created mankind He desired for us to be with Him, spend time with Him, and live with Him for all eternity. But, He wanted us to do it on our own volition. He never forced us to love Him.
The same is true today. The Only Living God is not going to force anyone to love Him or desire to be with Him. At the same time, He can’t allow anyone into His presence who has denied Him. That would be forcing something on them that they’ve already refused.
So, He had to have a linage and He made a promise. He conveyed His desires and what He was going to do through many men and women and it was documented through out history. God then chose to send His most precious gift, the only One that could undo all that we had done with our refusal to be with Him, He sent His Only Son Yehoshua/Jesus.
Remember, God said that there can be no forgiveness of sin, which very simply is disobedience to Him, without the shedding of blood. That’s why there were so many and various types of sacrifices because blood had to be spilt in order for the Jewish people to be cleansed of their sins and God could allow His glory to manifest within the very first temple.
The same penalty for sin applies today as it did when we first sinned. The only difference is we can either ask Yehoshua/Jesus, God’s Son, for forgiveness, repent of our sins, and follow Him, or in the end we will be asked to pay the penalty ourselves with our own lives. The difference being, Jesus’ blood is God’s blood, making it Holy. Our blood is tainted with sin and therefore cannot pay the debt, not in the least.
God chose a people, to reveal a heritage, and have a linage that could be traced so that no one would have an excuse on the day they stand before the Son of God and give an account for their decisions. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Meaning, He is still the same loving Father who is asking you:
“Will you allow Me to be your Father? Will you accept the gift of salvation that I offer to you through My Son? He died, and arose again so that you could be with Me in paradise.”
If your answer is yes, then I suggest you pray to Jesus, ask Him for forgiveness, repent of your sins, begin reading His word, and live a life passionately following His Spirits led.
If your answer is no, then you have made a decision to deny our Heavenly Father. He has no other option then to grant you your desire. When your days are completed on this earth He will not be able to allow you into His presence and you will be left all alone.
In either case, you can rest assured of this, God is a loving Father and He will always keep His promise.