May 22: God’s Unique Relationship with Israel

The focus is, once again, the unique relationship of God with Israel, ergo His name, God of Israel.

As we focus on these Scriptures it is important to remember that God has no favorites, He loves all people the same. But He does have certain callings and purposes for individuals and nations.     It’s also important to understand why God says what He does… otherwise He would seem cruel and intolerant. Actually He is intolerant of certain behavior but NOT of people.

Some of these verses seem familiar to Christians as they have been appropriated, sometimes incorrectly, but now you can see them in context – they were spoken to Israel.

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Deuteronomy 7:1-8  “When the Lord your God brings you into the land which you go to possess… You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them. Nor shall you make marriages with them. For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly.

“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

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