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					 God's Chosen People, the Jews- Isn't God Unfair in Showing
                     Such Preference?
                                              by Rich Deem


INTRODUCTION
                                          Is God Preferential?

The Old Testament states quite emphatically that the Jews are God's chosen people. Is it unfair for God to
show partiality to one people group over all the others?

                                                                                                     Rich Deem

The first book of the Bible, Genesis, says that God chose Abraham to make into a great nation. 1
The descendants of Abraham, the Jews, would establish the nation of Israel to become a people
of God's own possession.2 Doesn't this preferential treatment contradict the benevolent nature of
God? How can God be perfect and preferential at the same time?


Chosen for what?

The common assumption of many skeptics is that God chose the Jews3 just to give them some
sort of preferential treatment. In reality, the Bible says that the Jews were selected to be a
blessing to all the nations of the world.1 In fact, the same passages that says that God chose the
Jews also says that God does not show partiality and commands the Jews to love other peoples. 4
The Old Testament indicates that the Jews were not prospered because of their righteousness,
since they were "a stubborn people."5 However, the main way that the Jews were to be a
blessing to all the peoples of the earth was that the Messiah was to be born through the line of
David. Beginning with the third chapter of Genesis, the Old Testament tells how the Messiah was
to come as the Savior of the world,6 These prophecies specifically state that the Messiah was to
be God in human flesh,7 who would be the Son of God.8 The Messiah would establish the new
covenant9 and would die as the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of all people.10


The "curse" of being chosen

Being chosen as the people through whom God would send the Messiah was no walk in the park
for the Jews. God expected His chosen people to strictly follow His moral laws and not follow the
evil ways of their neighbors.11 Because they failed to be faithful to God, the Jews were scattered
among the nations,12 where they "profaned the name of the Lord."13 However, after their 70 year
exile in Babylon,14 the God gathered the Jews back to Israel15 in preparation for the coming
Messiah.


Does God show partiality?

Both the Old and New Testaments indicate that God does not show partiality among people,
since He is the Creator of all.16 Because of this principle, the Jews were commanded to be
impartial.17 Likewise, the New Testament commands its followers to love all people and not show
partiality,18 especially when it comes to distinctions between the rich and the poor.19 So, from
these commandments, it is pretty clear that God was not giving preferential treatment to the
Jews in choosing them.
CONCLUSION

I have had a number of skeptics complain that it is unfair for God to choose the Jews as His
people over all others. Although it would be unfair for God to show partiality to one people group,
this is not what was meant when the Bible said that God chose the Jewish people. The Bible
indicates that God chose the Jewish people as the people through whom He would send the
Messiah. Being chosen did not always bring great blessings, since the Jews were held to a higher
level of accountability, and were judged for their failures. The Bible makes it clear that God does
not show partiality, since He created all people. He commands His people to behave likewise.

      El Pueblo Escogido de Dios, los Judíos: ¿No es Dios Injusto al Mostrar tal Preferencia?



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REFERENCES

                                1. And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And
                                   make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I
                                   will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I
                                   will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be
                                   blessed." (Genesis 12:2-3)
                                2. "For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD
                                   your God has chosen you to be a people for His own
                                   possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the
                                   earth. (Deuteronomy 7:6)
                                3. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people
                                   whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. (Psalm 33:12)
                                   But chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which He loved. And
                                   He built His sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which
                                   He has founded forever. He also chose David His servant And
                                   took him from the sheepfolds; From the care of the ewes with
                                   suckling lambs He brought him To shepherd Jacob His people,
                                   And Israel His inheritance. So he shepherded them according
                                   to the integrity of his heart, And guided them with his skillful
                                   hands. (Psalm 78:68-72)
                                   "I have made a covenant with My chosen; I have sworn to
                                   David My servant, I will establish your seed forever And build
                                   up your throne to all generations." Selah. (Psalm 89:3-4)
   O seed of Abraham, His servant, O sons of Jacob, His chosen
   ones! (Psalm 105:6)
   For the LORD has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His own
   possession. (Psalm 135:4)
   "But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen,
   Descendant of Abraham My friend, You whom I have taken
   from the ends of the earth, And called from its remotest parts
   And said to you, 'You are My servant, I have chosen you and
   not rejected you." (Isaiah 41:9)
4. "Yet on your fathers did the LORD set His affection to love
   them, and He chose their descendants after them, even you
   above all peoples, as it is this day. So circumcise your heart,
   and stiffen your neck no longer. For the LORD your God is the
   God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and
   the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a
   bribe. He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and
   shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.
   So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the
   land of Egypt." (Deuteronomy 10:19)
5. "Know, then, it is not because of your righteousness that the
   LORD your God is giving you this good land to possess, for
   you are a stubborn people. (Deuteronomy 9:6)
6. Old Testament prophecies of the coming Messiah:
       o And I will put enmity between you and the woman,
           and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise
           you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the
           heel." (Genesis 3:15)
       o And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who
           curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of
           the earth shall be blessed." (Genesis 12:3)
       o But God said, "No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you
           a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will
           establish My covenant with him for an everlasting
           covenant for his descendants after him. (Genesis
           17:19)
       o "I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near; a
           star shall come forth from Jacob, and a scepter shall
           rise from Israel, and shall crush through the forehead
           of Moab, and tear down all the sons of Sheth.
           (Numbers 24:17)
       o "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the
           ruler's staff from between his feet, until Shiloh comes,
           and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
           (Genesis 49:10)
       o Then it will come about in that day that the nations
           will resort to the root of Jesse, Who will stand as a
           signal for the peoples; and His resting place will be
           glorious. (Isaiah 11:10)
       o "Behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD,
           "When I shall raise up for David a righteous Branch;
           and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice
           and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will
           be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His
           name by which He will be called, `The LORD our
           righteousness.'" (Jeremiah 23:5-6)
o   "And My servant David will be king over them, and
    they will all have one shepherd; and they will walk in
    My ordinances, and keep My statutes, and observe
    them." "They will live on the land that I gave to Jacob
    My servant, in which your fathers lived; and they will
    live on it, they, and their sons and their sons' sons,
    forever; and David My servant will be their prince
    forever." (Ezekiel 37:24-25)
o   There will be no end to the increase of His
    government or of peace, on the throne of David and
    over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with
    justice and righteousness from then on and
    forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will
    accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:7)
o   "Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one
    in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon
    Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations. He will
    not cry out or raise His voice, Nor make His voice
    heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break
    And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He
    will faithfully bring forth justice. "He will not be
    disheartened or crushed Until He has established
    justice in the earth; And the coastlands will wait
    expectantly for His law." Thus says God the LORD,
    Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
    Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives
    breath to the people on it And spirit to those who walk
    in it, "I am the LORD, I have called You in
    righteousness, I will also hold You by the hand and
    watch over You, And I will appoint You as a covenant
    to the people, As a light to the nations." (Isaiah 42:1-
    6)
o   Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of
    uprightness is the scepter of Thy kingdom. Thou hast
    loved righteousness, and hated wickedness; therefore
    God, Thy God, has anointed Thee with the oil of joy
    above Thy fellows. (Psalm 45:6-7)
o   "But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be
    among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth
    for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from
    long ago, from the days of eternity." (Micah 5:2)
o   "So you are to know and discern that from the issuing
    of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until
    Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and
    sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and
    moat, even in times of distress. (Daniel 9:25)
o   "Therefore the LORD Himself will give you a sign:
    Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and
    she will call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
o   "And nations will come to your light, And kings to the
    brightness of your rising." (Isaiah 60:3)
o   When Israel was a youth I loved him, and out of Egypt
    I called My son. (Hosea 11:1)
o   A voice is calling, "Clear the way for the LORD in the
    wilderness; make smooth in the desert a highway for
    our God. Let every valley be lifted up, and every
    mountain and hill be made low; and let the rough
    ground become a plain, and the rugged terrain a
    broad valley; Then the glory of the LORD will be
    revealed, and all flesh will see it together; for the
    mouth of the LORD has spoken." (Isaiah 40:3-5)
o   "Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he
    will clear the way before Me. And the LORD, whom
    you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the
    messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight,
    behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts.
    (Malachi 3:1)
o   "Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet
    before the coming of the great and terrible day of the
    LORD. And he will restore the hearts of the fathers to
    their children, and the hearts of the children to their
    fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse."
    (Malachi 4:5-6)
o   "I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to
    Me, `Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee.'"
    (Psalm 2:7)
o   Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who
    has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped
    the waters in His garment? Who has established all
    the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son's
    name? Surely you know! (Proverbs 30:4)
o   But there will be no more gloom for her who was in
    anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of
    Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but
    later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the
    sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the
    Gentiles. The people who walk in darkness will see a
    great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will
    shine on them. (Isaiah 9:1-2)
o   I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark
    sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and
    our fathers have told us. We will not conceal them
    from their children, but tell to the generation to come
    the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His
    wondrous works that He has done. (Psalm 78:2-4)
o   "The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet
    like me from among you, from your countrymen, you
    shall listen to him." (Deuteronomy 18:15)
o   And on that day the deaf shall hear words of a book,
    and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the
    blind shall see. (Isaiah 29:18)
o   Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, And the
    ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Then the lame will
    leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb will
    shout for joy. For waters will break forth in the
    wilderness and streams in the Arabah. (Isaiah 35:5-6)
o   "He will not cry out or raise His voice, Nor make His
    voice heard in the street. "A bruised reed He will not
    break, And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish;
    He will faithfully bring forth justice. (Isaiah 42:2-3)
o   He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not
    open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
            and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so
            He did not open His mouth. (Isaiah 53:7)
       o Listen to Me, O islands, and pay attention, you
            peoples from afar. The LORD called Me from the
            womb; from the body of My mother He named Me.
            (Isaiah 49:1)
       o The Spirit of the LORD God is upon me, because the
            LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the
            afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the
            brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and
            freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year
            of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to
            comfort all who mourn, (Isaiah 61:1-2)
       o Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,
            And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because
            He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered
            with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of
            many, And interceded for the transgressors. (Isaiah
            53:12)
       o And He saw that there was no man, And was
            astonished that there was no one to intercede; Then
            His own arm brought salvation to Him; And His
            righteousness upheld Him. (Isaiah 59:16)
7. A voice is calling, "Clear the way for the LORD in the
   wilderness; make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
   Let every valley be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be
   made low; and let the rough ground become a plain, and the
   rugged terrain a broad valley; Then the glory of the LORD will
   be revealed, and all flesh will see it together; for the mouth
   of the LORD has spoken." (Isaiah 40:3-5)
   For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And
   the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will
   be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father,
   Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
   "Behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "When I
   shall raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign
   as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the
   land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell
   securely; and this is His name by which He will be called,
   `The LORD our righteousness.'" (Jeremiah 23:5-6)
   Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of
   uprightness is the scepter of Thy kingdom. Thou hast loved
   righteousness, and hated wickedness; therefore God, Thy
   God, has anointed Thee with the oil of joy above Thy fellows.
   (Psalm 45:6-7)
   The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at My right hand, until I
   make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet." (Psalm 110:1)
   "But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among
   the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be
   ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the
   days of eternity." (Micah 5:2)
8. "I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me,
   `Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee.'" (Psalm 2:7)
   Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has
   gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters
   in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth?
    What is His name or His son's name? Surely you know!
    (Proverbs 30:4)
9. "Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live;
    And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, According
    to the faithful mercies shown to David. Behold, I have made
    him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for
    the peoples. (Isaiah 55:3-4)
    Behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will
    make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the
    house of Judah,...But this is the covenant which I will make
    with the house of Israel after those days," declares the LORD,
    "I will put My law within them, and on their heart I will write
    it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
    (Jeremiah 31:31)
10. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was
    crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being
    fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. (Isaiah
    53:5)
    Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He
    will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out
    Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors;
    Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the
    transgressors. (Isaiah 53:12)
    And He saw that there was no man, And was astonished that
    there was no one to intercede; Then His own arm brought
    salvation to Him; And His righteousness upheld Him. (Isaiah
    59:16)
    "And I will pour out on the house of David and on the
    inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of
    supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have
    pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an
    only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter
    weeping over a first-born. (Zechariah 12:10)
    For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has
    encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.
    (Psalm 22:16)
11. "Do not say in your heart when the LORD your God has
    driven them out before you, 'Because of my righteousness
    the LORD has brought me in to possess this land,' but it is
    because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is
    dispossessing them before you. (Deuteronomy 9:4)
    "You shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for
    every abominable act which the LORD hates they have done
    for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in
    the fire to their gods. (Deuteronomy 12:31)
    But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and even
    made his son pass through the fire, according to the
    abominations of the nations whom the LORD had driven out
    from before the sons of Israel. (2 Kings 16:3)
    Moreover, he burned incense in the valley of Ben-hinnom and
    burned his sons in fire, according to the abominations of the
    nations whom the LORD had driven out before the sons of
    Israel. (2 Chronicles 28:3)
12. "The LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you will
    be left few in number among the nations where the LORD
    drives you. (Deuteronomy 4:27)
    "Moreover, the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from
    one end of the earth to the other end of the earth; and there
    you shall serve other gods, wood and stone, which you or
    your fathers have not known. (Deuteronomy 28:64)
    "The LORD will bring you back to Egypt in ships, by the way
    about which I spoke to you, 'You will never see it again!' And
    there you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as
    male and female slaves, but there will be no buyer."
    (Deuteronomy 28:68)
    "Also I scattered them among the nations and they were
    dispersed throughout the lands. According to their ways and
    their deeds I judged them. (Ezekiel 36:19)
13. "When they came to the nations where they went, they
    profaned My holy name, because it was said of them, 'These
    are the people of the LORD; yet they have come out of His
    land.' "But I had concern for My holy name, which the house
    of Israel had profaned among the nations where they went.
    "Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord
    GOD, "It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am
    about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned
    among the nations where you went. "I will vindicate the
    holiness of My great name which has been profaned among
    the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the
    nations will know that I am the LORD," declares the Lord GOD,
    "when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight. "For I will
    take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and
    bring you into your own land. "Then I will sprinkle clean water
    on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your
    filthiness and from all your idols. "Moreover, I will give you a
    new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove
    the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of
    flesh. (Ezekiel 36:20-26)
14. 'This whole land will be a desolation and a horror, and these
    nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
    (Jeremiah 25:11)
15. then the LORD your God will restore you from captivity, and
    have compassion on you, and will gather you again from all
    the peoples where the LORD your God has scattered you. If
    your outcasts are at the ends of the earth, from there the
    LORD your God will gather you, and from there He will bring
    you back. The LORD your God will bring you into the land
    which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and
    He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.
    (Deuteronomy 30:3-5)
    Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, And declare in the
    coastlands afar off, And say, "He who scattered Israel will
    gather him And keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock."
    (Jeremiah 31:10)
    "Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "I will gather you
    from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries
    among which you have been scattered, and I will give you the
    land of Israel."' (Ezekiel 11:17)
    'Thus says the Lord GOD, "When I gather the house of Israel
    from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and will
    manifest My holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then
    they will live in their land which I gave to My servant Jacob.
    (Ezekiel 28:25)
16. "For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of
    lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does
    not show partiality nor take a bribe." (Deuteronomy 10:17)
    "Shall one who hates justice rule? And will you condemn the
    righteous mighty One, Who says to a king, 'Worthless one,'
    To nobles, 'Wicked ones'; Who shows no partiality to princes
    Nor regards the rich above the poor, For they all are the work
    of His hands? (Job 34:17-19)
    Opening his mouth, Peter said: "I most certainly understand
    now that God is not one to show partiality, (Acts 10:34)
    but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good,
    to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no
    partiality with God. (Romans 2:10-11)
    And masters, do the same things to them, and give up
    threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in
    heaven, and there is no partiality with Him. (Ephesians 6:9)
    knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the
    inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. For he who
    does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which
    he has done, and that without partiality. (Colossians 3:24-25)
17. "So I also have made you despised and abased before all the
    people, just as you are not keeping My ways but are showing
    partiality in the instruction. "Do we not all have one father?
    Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously
    each against his brother so as to profane the covenant of our
    fathers? (Malachi 2:9-10)
    "Now then let the fear of the LORD be upon you; be very
    careful what you do, for the LORD our God will have no part
    in unrighteousness or partiality or the taking of a bribe." (2
    Chronicles 19:7)
18. If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the
    Scripture, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS
    YOURSELF," you are doing well. But if you show partiality,
    you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as
    transgressors. (James 2:8-9)
19. My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus
    Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. For if a man
    comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine
    clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes,
    and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the
    fine clothes, and say, "You sit here in a good place," and you
    say to the poor man, "You stand over there, or sit down by
    my footstool," have you not made distinctions among
    yourselves, and become judges with evil motives? (James
    2:1-4)

				
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