I have noted this "chosen" theme and thread through out ATS and the community in general.
Sadly I see the whole concept of "the chosen people" has become confused and misunderstood by the majority,
So what does it mean the Jews are chosen by God.
Does it give them special privileges, blessings and favouritism.
Simply by reading the the Old Testament we would note a very clear theme.
Israel were a failure as a nation and people, they were divided, fought each other and had a list of corrupt and evil judges and kings that were a
whos who of terrible leaders who would rival anyone today.
Nuts and bolts the Old Testament, the Jews own book, reflects poorly on Israel upon themselves.
So the Jews are chosen, are they really the chosen?
"For you are a holy people to YHWH your God, and God has chosen you to be his treasured people from all the nations that are on the face of the
The Torah also says,
"Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto me from all the peoples, for all
the earth is mine" (Exodus 19:5).
So yes they are the chosen,
but, chosen for what
Isaiah gives us a clue
"I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a
light for the Gentiles
In Exodus 19:6
You will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites."
Now lets not imagine the word Priest as in Catholic, lets imagine the word meaning, as it traditionally was meant to be understood, servant of others.
Jesus was a Priest, who cared for the sick, sad lonely and He died for others.
Sadly most Priests in Israel as like today had become corrupt. Yes the Christian church like that of Israel is flawed, the leaders as well.
Human nature, sadly.
So I hope this explains simply what it means to be a chosen race. The Jews were chosen to bring a message to the Gentiles, to be a beacon of light on
a hill to the world of how God blesses those who serve Him.
God asked the Jews to serve Him, behave and be blessed, they didnt. Yet the God of love still loves them.
Being the chosen people may not be the blessing some understand it to be. Its hard work
Israel was chosen to bring hope to the world
I stumbled on this blog, it was very good.
Oh, and I am not a Jew
edit on 18-10-2013 by borntowatch because: (no reason given)