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Are the Jews God's Chosen People - Part 2

Part 1 addressed Abraham's seed since most people think the Jews are Abraham's seed. However, I didn't say much about the time they became God's chosen people. That's important, too.

Exodus 19:5 Now therefore, IF ye will obey my voice indeed, AND keep my covenant, THEN ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6 and ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

God based His covenant on 2 conditions.

IF they obeyed his voice AND kept his covenant THEN they would be a peculiar treasure, God's chosen people.

He also said in Deuteronomy 14:2 For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

So, they were a peculiar treasure and a peculiar people... that the Lord CHOSE aka chosen people.

Again, the people 'avouched' to do specific things to keep their part of the the covenant.

Deuteronomy 26:17 Thou hast avouched the Lord this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice: 18 and the Lord hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments; 19 and to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the Lord thy God, as he hath spoken.

Notice, there were conditions. They should walk in his ways, to keep his statutes and his commandments and his judgments AND to hearken to his voice.

The people did NOT keep their part of the covenant. When that happened the covenant was broken, but, not by God. And that simply means they are no longer God's chosen people, God's peculiar treasure, God's peculiar people.

Titus said:

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to ALL men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Notice v 14. God purified a peculiar people unto himself. Did he purify the Jews? No, they rejected him. God purified the Gentiles... those who believe in him.

The parable of the fig tree tells us that those Jews who choose to believe again will be graffed back into the tree and purified.

Peter reiterates what Titus said:

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

The 'new' chosen generation, the 'new' royal priesthood, the 'new' holy nation, the 'new' peculiar people are the Gentiles... who in time past were NOT a people but are NOW the people of God.

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