Sunday Devotional: The chosen people

Romans 15:7-9

Brothers and sisters:
Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you,
for the glory of God.
For I say that Christ became a minister of the circumcised
to show God’s truthfulness,
to confirm the promises to the patriarchs,
but so that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy.
As it is written:
Therefore, I will praise you among the Gentiles
and sing praises to your name.”

Matthew 3:1-2, 7-12

John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea
and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees
coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers!
Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.
And do not presume to say to yourselves,
‘We have Abraham as our father.’
For I tell you,
God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees.
Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit
will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
I am baptizing you with water, for repentance,
but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.
I am not worthy to carry his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fan is in his hand.
He will clear his threshing floor
and gather his wheat into his barn,
but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

I am the way

Today is the second Sunday of Advent, a joyous season of preparation for celebrating the birth of Christ at Christmas.

The readings from Matthew 3 and  St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans 15 are a reminder that when the Second Person of the Triune Godhead became incarnate as a vulnerable little baby, born to “nobody” parents in a humble stable instead of a palace, He came for all — Jew and Gentile.

Henceforth, all who pick up their crosses to follow Him, are the self-chosen people — the children of the Light. We who choose to follow Jesus are nothing special. Like Him, we are nobodies with nobody parents, born in humble circumstances instead of palaces. But we choose to follow Him, even though He promises only hardship and persecution:

Matthew 16:24

Then Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wants to be my disciple
must deny themselves
and take up their cross
and follow me.”

In contrast, Jews’ understanding of the term “chosen people” is a narcissistic one — that Jews were and remain “chosen” because they are a superior people, better than the Angels and almost an equal of God. For that matter, in parts of the Talmud — the real Scripture of Jews, which supercedes the Torah (or Old Testament) the words of rabbis actually supercede God’s. (See Michael Hoffman, Judaism’s Strange Gods.)

It took a Christian-convert Jew to properly present the real meaning of “chosen people”. From Roy H. Schoeman, Salvation is from the Jews: The Role of Judaism in Salvation History from Abraham to the Second Coming (pp. 20-21):

“The Jews were…to host the Incarnation itself, to be the people among whom God would become man. If God were to be on a uniquely intimate basis with the Jews and eventually to become incarnate among them, they would have to be free from involvement with other deities, free from all spiritual pollution. Hence the severity of restrictions in the Old Testament against any form of idolatry or sorcery . . . . This purity, and the development of virtue and piety among at least some of the Jews, would have to reach its ultimate fruition later in producing an individual of such devotion and virtue that she could give her flesh to be the flesh of the God-man, that she could be His human mother. This individual was, of course, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

If redemption through the Messiah, when He came, would require a high level of moral behavior, then mankind would have to be prepared for this higher moral standard, too. Judaism performed this function when it introduced God’s morality to man through the revelation of the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai.

If mankind were to be able to recognize the Messiah for He was when He came, it would have to be prepared by being taught before hand to expect His coming. Judaism performed this role, too….

God wished there would be a people on earth who would worship and adore the Messiah even before He came and who would fervently pray for His coming. This role, too, was fulfilled by the Jews….

Finally, God would need a people to provide a temporal home for the Messiah when He came and to announce His arrival to the world. This, too, was entrusted to the Jews.”

In other words, God didn’t choose the Jews because they were special. Jews became a “chosen people” not because they were specially wonderful and superior to all others, but because God chose them for the Incarnation of His only Son — a role and mission that should be the cause of humility instead of grandiose narcissism.

In Luke 4:24, 28-30 is a description of Jesus’ first public ministry, after spending 40 days and nights in the desert in preparation:

And he said, “Amen, I say to you,
no prophet is accepted in his own native place….”
When the people in the synagogue heard this,
they were all filled with fury.
They rose up, drove him out of the town,
and led him to the brow of the hill
on which their town had been built,
to hurl him down headlong.
But he passed through the midst of them and went away.

What murderous narcissistic rage! — an illustration of what we moderns now call the Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Greatest Commandment

Just remember the “neighbor” in “You shall love neighbor as yourself” includes Jews and Gentiles.

May the joy and peace and love of Jesus Christ, our Lord, be with you!

~Eowyn

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18 responses to “Sunday Devotional: The chosen people

  1. I completely love the Scriptures quoted, along with the commentary. And everything mentioned is fact. Even the rock star, Gene Simmons (born Chaim With/Gene Klein), who’s mother survived the Nazi Concentration Camps once stated that ‘the Jewish people have to stop this ‘Chosen People’ mindset. The ‘Chosen People’ mentality got the Jewish people into more trouble than anything else. That if there is a God that exists, He would treat everyone equal’. Those were his words and thoughts, not mine. And that’s coming from a man who’s mother experienced the people around her being exterminated simply for being Jewish, & if he didn’t become a world famous entertainer, he’d have went to a Yeshiva to become a Rabbi.

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  2. Watching what’s happening in the US from CanaDa, “Just remember the “neighbor” in “You shall love neighbor as yourself” includes Jews and Gentiles” should be expanded to include Democrats, Republicans, Black and White.

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  3. Excellent teaching for this season of the year.

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  4. Friends, never let yourselves be deceived by the political Zionists claim of Israel as a destined physical place for ‘the Chosen People’. No: it is a SPIRITUAL state open to all who embrace the Light of Understanding we have in Jeshua ben David, aka Jesus, who clearly said this, as did Paul and some of the others, though not everyone, as recorded. As a child of 10, the two Jews who were my father’s business partners warned me the creation of Israel as a political entity was the worst thing that could happen to Jews.

    Visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neturei_Karta and http://www.nkusa.org/ to get the history that was distorted to create Israel for the London Rothschilds, as it now allows them diplomatic immunity from searches and security, thusly the Mossad and others can get away with what they do. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mossad

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  5. awesome devotional Dr. Eowyn…..truth is the beacon of light to this lost world and I pray everyone who seeks Truth sees the light of our Lord and rejects the darkness of lies.
    those who choose to follow the Lord are the ‘chosen ones’.

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  6. I believe God LIVES TODAY, and is choosing People from all over this earth to be the Chosen People of God while it’s called TODAY.
    Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
    John 1:13

    I believe this;
    For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
    But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
    Romans 2:28-29

    I also believe this;
    Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and you say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
    Jesus said to her, Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when you shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
    You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. (I agree with the Pope who said, “inside every Christian lives a Jew)
    But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him.
    God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in Spirit and in Truth.
    John 4

    I believe this insight, also from John 4, when Jesus walked through Judea and Samaria during the occupation of Palestine 2000 years ago, is still True to this very Day.
    “Then the woman of Samaria said to him, How is it that you, being a Jew, asks drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

    This is the Lifetime goal of my personal, individual, relationship with Christ even if others don’t see the Promise;
    Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
    To him that OVERCOMES will I grant to SIT WITH ME in my throne, even as I ALSO OVERCAME, and AM set down with my Father in his throne.
    He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
    Revelation 3:20-22

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  7. Excellent devotional subject/coverage! Agree with everything (most importantly that the REASON for the ancient Israel/nation was to provide the means through which the Messiah/Christ/Savior would come forth! And ditto the separation & purity required of them, etc.! EXACTLY!!)

    Everybody knows the history but as a quick rehash…

    To bring forth the Savior (first prophesied in Gen. 3:15), God needed a “family tree” through which to bring Him forth, as you described. And that “family tree” did not begin with the “nation of Israel” aka the “chosen ones,” but began by God choosing ONE MAN, & a Gentile man at that > Abraham, whose father (Terah?) was a pagan idol-maker.

    (One of the older Abraham movies out of Hollywood, the one with Michael Caine, I think, as Abram, added a non-Biblical scene of Abe taking a huge stick & smashing to bits all his father’s pagan idols which he had had them nicely lined up on several shelves. Lol. A nice dramatic touch!)

    God promised Abraham, if he would leave his pagan birth family in the land of Ur of the Chaldeans (Babylon area) & go where God led him, that God would make Abe’s descendants a great nation.

    Hence, Abraham > Isaac > Jacob (God renamed Jacob to Israel after he wrestled all night with the angel) > 12 sons > one of which was Judah (Christ’s tribe-line) & one of which was Joseph who the other 11 bros, out of jealousy, dumped him into a pit, etc., eventually causing Joseph to be sold into slavery in Egypt, which the 11 bros later had to eat crow when there was a famine & they were forced to go to Eqypt for food, re-meeting Joseph, so they all then moved to Eqypt, including the elderly Jacob/Israel.

    Fast Forward 400 years & those 12 sons from Hebron aka Hebrews mass produced in Egypt into a great multitude, which began to scare the Egyptians due to their increase in numbers. So the Egyptians turned them into slaves.

    Then enter baby Moses (everyone knows the story, & Fast Forward again), when finally God uses Moses to bring the Hebrews out of slavery to Egypt, then their rebellion > wilderness wanderings, etc., to when, finally, at Lev. 19 I think it is, when “Israel” FINALLY becomes a legit “nation” before God at Mt. Sinai when they entered into covenant with Him to do all that He asked of them.

    Whew, long story, lol. But the point was/is: It was a LONG time a’comin’ for there even to be a “nation” of “chosen ones” (Messiah’s “family tree”), which actually began with one lowly humble Gentile man, Abram/Abraham.

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  8. Two other tid-bits that I am not sure whether they are 100% true or not:

    I’ve read that “Judaism” the religion is not the same as the Biblical books of Moses aka the Torah; but that Judaism is a later creation by rabbis who made up a bunch of rules & regs themselves.
    Some folks claim that “modern Jewry” is really made up of the descendants of Edom (Esau) vs Jacob/Israel. There’s a quote out there on the internet supposedly from an older version of one of the Jewish Encyclopedias/books that says, “Edom is in modern Jewry” or words to that effect.

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    • “Judaism” the religion is not the same as the Biblical books of Moses aka the Torah; but that Judaism is a later creation by rabbis who made up a bunch of rules & regs themselves.”

      Correct. The Jews who rejected Christ doubled down after His resurrection and made the Christ- and Christian-hating Talmud — comprised of many “books” of the oral and written words of rabbis from before and after Christ — instead of the Mosaic Torah, their Scripture. Please see the book I recommend in my post: Michael Hoffman’s excellent book, Judaism’s Strange Gods (hint: those “strange gods” are Jews themselves, esp. the rabbis).

      “Some folks claim that “modern Jewry” is really made up of the descendants of Edom (Esau) vs Jacob/Israel.”

      I have repeatedly pointed out in posts and comments on FOTM that DNA studies show that 90% of the 13+ million modern day Jews in the world are Ashkenazis, who are not biological descendants of the ancient Hebrews, but rather of the Khazars, an amalgam of Turkic clans that settled the Caucasus in the early centuries CE and converted to Judaism in the 8th century.

      https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2016/03/17/non-religious-jews-are-largest-group-40-in-israel/

      Revelation 3:9 “I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars–I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.”

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      • Thank you!! I had to lol at myself as I did not realize the “strange gods” in Hoffman’s book title was referring to Jews who THINK they are gods. Funny!

        As for the Khazar DNA, it continues to be controversial. Even David Duke questioned it in recent years, & of course several Jewish sites dismiss it as well, still calling it a “myth,” even though the idea originated among their own.

        It could be true, or maybe it’s a diversion to remove “guilt” from the bona fide Biblical descendants. It sounds like a great explanation, but what if it is more simple, more “biblical” than “modern science”; ie, that technically/historically in Bible times, “Jews” refers only to those from the tribe of Judah. So all those claiming to be Jews/Judah but are really descendants of other tribes, could also be called liars. (I’m not saying that is the absolute answer, as only God knows Who’s Who!)

        Esau/Edom was Biblically prophesied to basically be a warmonger (“By your sword you shall live…” Gen. 27:40). So that shoe could fit as well to “modern” Israel.

        I don’t think we can know everything. God reserves some info for Himself.

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  10. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this magnificent post. Jesus came for all of humankind, with no exclusions as to whether a person is Jewish or not. Your explanation set forth above is a clear representation from Jesus Himself in the Holy Scriptures, that He came for gentiles and Jews, He came for everyone, especially sinners. Our dear St. Paul, the greatest missionary of all times, explained this to the gentile peoples everywhere he went. How wonderful! How joyous! How holy!

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  11. God is still “CHOOSING” other People to be examples of God’s Love on earth TODAY. The people God chose thousands of years ago are Dead and Gone Today.

    He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
    But as many as received him, to them he gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
    Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

    TODAY is the day that the Lord made; we shall exult and rejoice in it.
    All who seek You shall exult and rejoice; those who love Your salvation shall constantly say, “May the Lord be magnified.”

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