Israel was elected

How odd of God to choose the Jews

Ogden Nash

Deuteronomy 7.6-8 …The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. 7 It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, 8 but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery…

So predestination and election are not New Testament concepts only. God is an electing God who always saves on the basis of election as Romans 9.11-13 (looking back to Genesis) makes clear.

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