Reading today from chapters 7 – 10 of Deuteronomy.
Why did the LORD choose Israel as a people? Were they at all strong, numerous, or for what reason would He choose such a people?
Why has He chosen me? Is it because I am some wonderful personality, wonderful to look at, wise or obedient? My answer to those questions are “none of those things”. Why would the holy God of Heaven choose anyone of the human race? I think those are some wonderful questions, and they are invited by the Scriptures.
“The LORD did not set His love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: but because the LORD loved you, and because He would keep the oath which He had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations; and repayeth them that hate Him to their face, to destroy them: He will not be slack to him that hateth Him, He will repay him to his face. Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.” Deuteronomy 7:7-11 (KJV)
These verses tell us that GOD did not set His love upon them because they were more numerous; because they were but few. The answer He gives us through Moses and Deuteronomy is “…Because the LORD loved you, and because He would keep the oath which He had sworn unto your fathers…” meaning of course Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Doesn’t this beg another question? How can a holy God love that which is unholy? and another, Just whom does God love? We are told in the New Testament,
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
In my opinion John 3:16 answers those two very important questions. God came down to man in the Person of His Son, lived without sin, and gave Himself as a sacrifice for our atonement. “Our sin” atonement because we were sinful, worthy of death, unholy, unrighteous, unjust. When Jesus came He became our sin, took the wrath of God for us on the cross of calvary, had the Father turn His back on Him, the darkest day in the life of our Savior. It did not end there, however, Jesus carried our sins away in His burial, and rose bodily from the grave on the third day. It doesn’t end there. Jesus; when that sinner turns to Jesus as His Lord and Savior; gives to us His righteousness. Now, isn’t that the greatest love you ever heard about? YEAH! It is. You cannot deny it. Or deny it all you will and it still doesn’t negate that truth.
There is a second reason we are told God chose Israel. “Because He wold keep the oath which He had sworn unto your fathers…” I will never cease to be amazed that our GOD is a covenant keeping GOD. He is love. He is trustworthy and faithful. If God says it, you can be 100 percent sure that God will keep every word He has spoken. When He has said, “I have called you, and redeemed you unto Myself” You can be assured you are His for all time and eternity.
Jesus said again,
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away.” Matthew 24:35
You can be assured today that because God loved Israel, He still loves Israel, and He loves you too. He loves us all so very much that He sent His only begotten Son to die for the sins of the world. That includes me and you. Call on the name of Jesus today and be saved.
Please read Deuteronomy 7 – 10 for today.
-Tim A. Blankenship