How is it Fair That God Chose Israel?

I often hear it said; why are the Israelites so special?.. and that surely they can’t be singled out as God’s ‘special race’ as God is a just and fair God. And after all, they are far from perfect as we have seen not only from history but candidly from the Bible itself! Therefore it must be time to hand over the mantle of being the ‘chosen people’ to a more deserving people – or at least share it around a little. The problem with this in my opinion from what I read in The Bible, is that it makes some wrong assumptions, and then completely misses the whole point of God’s plan. Here are some of those wrong assumptions as I see it (feel free to correct me:), often made regarding God’s way of choosing both people and nations;

  1. God chose them because they are good.
    If God only chose people or nations based on their ‘goodness’ no nation or person would ever qualify to be chosen – unless of course course you had some kind of sliding scale of goodness – which Jesus told us clearly does not exist when it comes to God’s estimate of weather or not a person is ‘good’ or not – we are all sinners and in need of grace and saving. The thing is, this applies not only to people – but nations too. And so we see Israels’ stubborn sinfulness all through the Bible. So they were clearly not chosen for being good. This is why people should think very carefully about taking the law into their own hands and going against Israel because of bad deeds they may have done or be doing – because God’s choosing it not about them or their goodness, it’s about Him and His goodness and just as importantly – Him fulfilling His covenant (which unliuke a contract cannot be broken by God), despite their sinfulness. And I say this is because of my next point.
  2. It’s not fair that I/we were/are not the chosen people.
    First off, its for the potter to do as He wishes with the clay – but granted, that could be deemed by as unfair. When I get a bit jealous that I was not one of the ‘chosen’ people of Israel, I always remind myself that Judgement starts at the house of God, so I believe anyone who may feel a pang of jealously at God choosing Israel needs to actually thank God that they were not chosen, and that they have in many ways a more lenient and easier way to enter heaven, whereby God allows them to be grafted in and enter the kingdom by simply accepting His sacrifice of himself on the alter of all people’s and nations’ sins.
  3. It makes no sense for God to only choose 1 people. 
    No it doesn’t. It’s the method that would be required by God to demonstrate His power to the world. But why? Because God is going to show that DESPITE the people who He choses bad deeds and forgetfulness of Him – He will personally show His power and majesty by delivering this stubborn and often extremely unholy people.  In many ways we ‘unchosen’ ones are ironically blessed NOT to have been the chosen like Israel in the Bible, and that we have been handed for free – what the Israelites were offered for obedience, without 100’s of heavy burdensome Jewish laws to keep on pain of death. We simply hear and believe in Jesus teaching and death, burial and resurrection and do our best to keep His less burdensome laws (10 commandments) and he will redeem and purify us enough to enter heaven! I’m sure that is the better deal!
  4. Why would God bless any-one or nation who do bad things?
    Let any nation or person that commits no evil cast the first stone. God has clearly and graciously blessed all of us – Jews and gentiles, and often nations regardless of their sins. We all have been thrown a lifeline and pardon for paying the penalty of our sins in Jesus! God obviously cannot choose to bless on their righteousness alone, or no-one or nation would be blessed. He choses to bless a nation or a person despite their sin, and it’s His prerogative alone. It’s not about Israel – it’s about God foretelling the future, and then fulfilling that prophecy to show that He alone is the God true God because He alone is the only God that tells us ahead of time what is going to happen. Regardless of all the wars and despite all the sins on both sides – it’s about God and His power to keep His promise in spit of sin! And God needs to chose someone, through which to show this power, and He did that way back at the start of The Old Testament. I thank God I do not have to wander 40 years in a literal wilderness in order to get my blessing!
  5. The Jewish people are not good enough to be chosen.
    It’s true that Jesus made no bones about the Pharisees and Scribes – in fact he hated them because of their evil practices in stitching people up and putting ordinary folk in unending bondage. Instead of delivering the liberating message of the love of God, it was all one-sided, with them in control of their ‘un-learned’ subjects. But here’s the point. Ignoring those Rabbis and religious ‘teachers’ (who I would avoid asking advice from in any case since it is clear that being blinded by their own arrogance and pride in being chosen by God, missed the suffering Messiah altogether in the first place – expecting him to be a conqueror, having no understanding of the importance and what it means that God chose to serve us in Jesus) I have actually met Israeli people and they are the most beautiful people I have ever met. I’ll tell you one story. I was once in Israel with three friends and we had cycled for hours and run out of food, water and cash and it was a scorching day. We cam across a small bakery hoping we could buy some water and a few small items with the pennies we had left but I was amazed at what happened. The store owners saw we had a problem and welcomed us in with smiles and asked us to choose whatever we wanted from the counter! You would be hard pressed for an Englishman or store to do this. It seems to be all ‘Israelis’ including the people themselves that seem to get all the flack on the news, when they are not who Jesus Christ had a problem with. The problem he had was with the arrogant and religious teachers who were obsessed with genealogies and bloodlines and therefore being somehow ‘better’ – ie race – something Jesus told us to pay NO attention to, since there is actually no such thing as ‘race’ in reality, and it is merely a distraction of the Devil. Not only have scientists proved that are ALL of us mixed to one degree or other genetically (so none of us is ethnically ‘pure) Jesus told us clearly – “we are all of one blood” (Adam and Eve).

The irony is that now as then, the Jewish Rabbis and teachers assume they are chosen and defended by God because they are special, exceptionally good (somewhat understandably – as who wouldn’t get slightly too pleased with themselves with words like ‘chosen’ applied to them?) which only goes to illustrate and prove what man’s entire problem has been from the beginning is in a nutshell – pride – the problem that started in the Garden!

The truth is they as we, are defended by God because He is special and despite our sins, only because despite their sins, their hearts, unlike many their enemies, still had not completely turned away from Him and their was still a tiny shard of light and living water able reach their hearts. No matter what – He will prove His power and deliver this ungodly and complaining people, and in the same way will redeem us if we remain in the vine and facing Him – ie still able to drink from the stream of living water, and eventually make us all of us who want Him in our lives holy in His time and His glory.

So when we bless Israel or not, I believe we should first be thinking and asking who this is really all about? It’s about God! Below is a pretty good guide to understanding exactly why – and why not – the Jews may be special or chosen.


What Happens When A Real Christian Is Faced With The Ultimate Decision

This girl is amazing and put everything and everyone before herself. This is what Christ came to model and she actually did it for real! Perhaps she was a  little naive to make the quick trip across a border that ended up costing her her life, or perhaps not, since her death will be for sure honoured by our Father in heaven and who’s courage has inspired us all and is helping to prepare Christian hearts for what may or may not be coming. I have to say it again – this girl is truly amazing – watch this video report and see just how giving she was aiding the needy, and then how incredibly tough she was when everything turned very dark and she was face with speaking just words that were a matter life or death – according to a male co-hostage had more courage than he did. I think this must be what a real woman looks like.

Should ransoms be paid for hostages?

I used to think that paying ransoms to evil people for hostages had to be wrong and as Obama said in this video would only make things worse – that had to be the wise decision as it’s all about numbers right – causing as few casualties as possible?

The Bible is clear that life is so precious that Jesus would have died to redeem just ONE person – one lost sheep in the parable he gave us. Of course it’s a fact that paying money to hostage takers will make things worse in the short term at least, but does that mean we shouldn’t pay? So what did our Father do when He needed to pay a ransom on our behalf, knowing that none of us would not stop sinning and none of us are without sin?

Well as I watched this video report this morning it occurred to me that not only did Jesus Christ pay the most expensive ransom ever paid and was willing to do it for one sinner, more importantly in relationship to this video, he paid it to a group of hostage takers – knowing full well this would not solve the problem of evil and even on earth in it’s current state and even encourage evil people who ‘got away with it once’ in crucifying God to feel they can get away with it again – and again, at least in the short term until Christ comes again to defeat his earthly enemies.

Of course I could be wrong on this but this deed that Jesus did and the ‘fee’ he paid of giving up his (God’s) earthly life, knowing that this would not solve the problem short term since as the onlookers to Jesus said (paraphrase); “he should take Himself off the cross if he is the son of God!” (of course He could but chose not to).

Feel free to comment with your opinions either way on the matter but these thoughts came to me today. We have seen what would Jesus do and from His actions it appears that a life is always worth paying for, no matter what the ransom price.

Peaceful Majorities: Do They Matter?

We all know that most people in the world – whatever ideologies they adhere to or are part of, either because of circumstance or birth (including the more militant ideologies) are decent, upstanding and peaceful people, with no desire to hurt others around them. However, this ‘peaceful majority’ argument is often trotted out by the (usually ignorant of the facts of these ideologies) politically correct folk, and often by the adherents of those ideologies themselves, as a reason not get ourselves too concerned about the minority who would do these things and seek to harm others to propagate their cause, and is used as a smokescreen to cause those of us that are ignorant of what’s really going on and written in the texts of these ideologies to remain asleep and assume all is well and there is really nothing to worry about. As if by simply existing, the peaceful majority somehow cancels out the threat of the non-peaceful minority.

Well, like Bill Still – the maker/uploader of this video, I won’t attempt to explain how this works any further – except to say that one thing history should have taught us over and over but that we fail to recognise, is that the peaceful majority may be far less important than we think, but will let someone who is actually from a region of the world particularly relevant to this issue, and who grew up and experienced first hand what it is like to live under these ideologies explain for us. Watch the video here.

Is The Bible Racist? What About Ethnicity in the Bible?

The Bible is accused sometimes as being racist. So just to quickly clear this issue up using text from the Bible itself, what does the Bible actually say about ancestors – i.e the thing that may or may not show us wether it really is or sin’t racist. God says in The Bible says;

“avoid genealogies”

…and goes on to suggest at all costs, and that circumcision (a symbolic action in old times) is really of the heart and spirit, not of the flesh that makes one a Jew in God’s eyes – meaning – the thing that makes you a child of God is a spiritual circumcision – and again – why should it be any other way. So in the Bible, it doesn’t matter where your ancestors are from – and of course – why should it!

So what is really racist?

Anyone, any ideology or any religion that bangs on about lineage, bloodlines or genealogies ‘cleansing’ or ‘saving’ us. Why? Because no one single person on the planet is ‘ethnically’ pure and no one should be saved because of who their parents were! It was about the heart in the Old Testament and it’s about the heart in the New Testament!

In fact the word ‘ethnicity’ almost becomes totally meaningless in real terms with all the intermarrying that goes on and has gone on for 1000s years and it always has been meaningless. And of course this, explains why some religions ideologies still obsess about not intermarrying and being the ‘true’ ‘defendants’ when it is futile from the get-go! No one is purely white, african, asian and so on.

There may be one exception to all this; the Bible could be accused of being spiritually ‘racist’ if all must in fact go through Christ to get to God, but that’s another article and of course I would not call this racist but the truth as that would be calling God racist which I would never do, and God wills that ALL men and ALL tribes to be saved and that’s what the entire gospel is all about – dying for and saving all – “the whole world.”

The Bible was right: We are ALL of one blood!

Another point is that the Jews well admit that they long ago lost the genealogies of the twelve tribes and to them this is now meaningless. You cannot tell from your genealogy whether your granddad was a liar – or a thief or an adulterer or murderer. Hence, Jesus tells us with perfect logicality; AVOID genealogies!

“For there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” 

How non-racist can one be?!!

The following video does not represent my views on replacement theology one way of the other (I am still understanding and getting to grips with what I believe on that) however, even as a child and non-Christian, I could see that ‘ethnicity’ on a government form was pretty meaningless since my ancestors would be mixed like everyone else on the planet – so at best might describe my appearance.

Nabeel Qureshi Responds to Paris Terror Attacks

Former Muslim turned Christian makes a response to the Paris attacks. He speaks candidly about his muslim faith and his new Christian faith and relates this to the attacks and what the terrorists did in relation to their book – a book we Christians desperately need to read to understand the situation we are all soon to find ourselves in.

He also gives us, during what could be seen generally as a negative, depressing and hopeless time, some idea of how we can be positive and help these people – who for the most part have never heard the Gospel in their home countries it is largely illegal. Take a look yourself to get more of an understanding and a context for these events.