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Salvation: An Act of Mercy and Judgment

lion-eating-wildebeast-1335180Why did God choose Israel over all the nations of the earth to choose from? When we read about the Exodus of Israel from Egyptian oppression, the giving of the Promised Land resulting in the destruction of occupying nations, the question naturally arises “Why Israel? What was so special about Israel that they received this divine favor?”

Scripture tells us that it wasn’t because of an inherent righteousness, obedience or uprightness that existed in the nation of Israel but in God’s faithfulness and mercy.

“Do not say in your heart, after the Lord your God has thrust them out before you,‘It is because of my righteousness that the Lord has brought me in to possess this land,’ whereas it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is driving them out before you.

Not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart are you going in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations the Lord your God is driving them out from before you, and that he may confirm the word that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. (Deuteronomy 9:4-5)