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Wordwise Insight, Issue #118
June 14, 2014
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BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Are the Jews still God's chosen people?

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BIBLE INSIGHTS

God's Chosen People

(Are the Jews still God's chosen people?)

QUESTION: Are the Jews still the chosen people of God, in light of Galatians 3:28?

ANSWER: The Bible tells us that the Lord has chosen the nation of Israel to belong to Him, and be blessed by Him in a special way. As Moses says to them, "You are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth" (Deut. 7:6).

This is restated in various ways, many times. For example, in: Deut. 32:9; I Sam. 12:22; I Chron. 16:13; Ps. 33:12; 135:4; Isa. 41:8-9; and 44:1-3. And it is a permanent relationship. Jehovah God's love for Israel is "everlasting" (Jer. 31:3). I do not agree with those who teach "replacement theology"--that somehow the church has taken over, in some spiritualized form, all God's promises to Israel.

However, the nation is currently under God's chastening for her disobedience. For centuries, the Jews have been scattered across the world. Only recently have they begun to return to the Promised Land–but there they continue to be opposed and harassed by other nations. We are in what the Lord Jesus called "the times of the Gentiles" (Lk. 21:24), which began with the Babylonian Captivity and will end at Armageddon, with the return of Christ.

The Jews are hated by many today, but they are God's chosen still. (A disobedient child who is sent to his room as a punishment is still his father's son.) And one day, when her Messiah-King comes to reign, Israel will once more be restored to her land in glory and blessing. The Old Testament prophets spoke of this.

Amos quotes the Lord saying, "I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them" (Amos 9:13-15). Jeremiah prophesies ...

(To read the remainder of the article, click on God's Chosen People.)




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