The Jewish people have been called God’s Chosen people throughout biblical times and this tag is even carried today by Jews. So why did God choose the Jews, and what were they chosen for? In Deuteronomy 7:6-8 we read:
“For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen (bachar-to chose, elect, decide for) you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession
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 people
But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors 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.” CJB
God chose the Hebrew people because He always keeps His promises, and as we see here God is keeping the oath He made with the ancestors of the Hebrew people, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They were not a mighty people, they were outnumbered by many other tribes God could have chosen, but it would have been out of God’s character to go against an oath He swore. God loved the Hebrews and and saved them from 400 years of brutal slavery. God still loves the Jewish people. If God is the same yesterday, as He is today, and as He will be tomorrow, then it must be so that God still loves the Jews. That is why the Jewish Nation of Israel, including the Jews not living in the land of Israel still play a significant role in end time prophecy. But what were the Jewish people chosen for? If they were not chosen for their might or because they were great in number then surely God had a plan for the Jewish people.
For one the Jews were chosen to be set apart as a holy people, a nation that would be Gods priests (cohanim). We read this in Exodus 19:6. God chose the Jews for two reasons according to this scripture, to set them apart from all the other nations, and to make them a kingdom of priests that would represent the very word of God for the world. These are certainly worthy reasons to be chosen by God to carry out. We know however that the Jews did not fare well in either of these categories, they often went away from God and His commandments and many of the Jewish people have failed to understand their role as a kingdom of priests. However, this may change one day and in fact it is already changing as more Jews are learning who their true Messiah is, Yeshua HaMassiach. But there is even a better reason as to what the Jews were chosen for, that was to bring the Jewish Messiah into the world, in His human form. Now this is a big deal, God used the Jewish people to fulfill His word that a Messiah would come, this has been prophesied throughout all of the Old Testament. But God did not just bring Yeshua for the Jewish people only but as King of King and LORD of LORDS for all nations, a covenant made with Abraham, the father of all nations.
God chose the Jews, set them apart as holy and delivered the savior of the world, born as a Jew to Jewish earthly parents. Moses spoke of this in Deuteronomy 18:15 and this promised Messiah was indeed raised up from Jewish lineage. The prophets Isaiah, Daniel, Micah, and the Psalms all spoke of a coming Messiah.
This is what the Hebrew people were chosen to do. This is why today we must do all we can as true believers to witness to Jewish people. They must come to know their Messiah, a Jewish Messiah. Why? Because the only way to true salvation is to accept Yeshua as Lord and savior. Many of my brethren do not know their Messiah, they are still waiting for the Messiah to come the first time. They only know Jesus as the Christian God. This has been taught to them as it was taught to me, by my parents and by our Rabbi’s. Most Jews do not even know what the Old Testament, the Hebrew scriptures speak of. That is why I will dedicate much of what I write to witnessing to Jews, which is very different from witnessing to non-Jews. But for now please pray for my people that the scales will fall from their eyes, that their ears would be opened to hear and that mostly their hearts would be open to believe. God bless you all.
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