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Wordwise Insight, Issue #131
July 14, 2015


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Why does God favour Israel over other nations?

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God and Israel

QUESTION: If we all people of Jehovah, why did God talk to only people of Israel, not to people of other countries such as India? [The questioner is from India.]

ANSWER: Those are good questions. Let's see what the Bible can tell us. We need to consider a number of points.

God is the Creator of all things, including our earth and its inhabitants. "By Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him" (Col. 1:16). He made it all, and He made it for Himself (cf. Rom. 11:36).

Being the Creator gives the Lord the rights of ownership over what He has made. (As an illustration, if you make a table, out of your own materials, on your own time, by your own efforts, it's yours. You have a right to do with it as you choose.)

Similarly, "The earth is the LORD'S, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein" (Ps. 24:1; cf. Heb. 3:3-4). That means God, as the Creator of all, is also the sovereign ruler over the nations, with the right to determine their territory, and their destiny.

"The Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses" (Dan. 4:25; cf. vs. 35). "Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations. Ask your father, and he will show you; Your elders, and they will tell you: When the Most High divided their inheritance to the nations, when He separated the sons of Adam, He set the boundaries of the peoples" (Deut. 32:7-8). "He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings" (Acts 17:26).

Now let's think specifically about Israel. In that case, a ...

(To read the remainder of this article, click on God and Israel.)


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