All this talk about Jewish people being “God’s Chosen People” – what’s up with this “chosenness” stuff? Does God love the Jewish people more than Gentiles? In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly hits Ezra with questions on this very subject, asking what many Christians may be thinking but don’t want to ask outright.
- Why are Jews the Chosen People?
- What does that even mean?
- Does Jewish “chosenness” mean Gentile Christians are “less than”?
- What about Galatians 3:28 and Colossians 3:11 that say “there is neither Jew nor Gentile?”
- Do the Gentiles have a specific role in God’s Kingdom like Jewish people do?
- Ultimately, who is more important to God, the Jews or Gentiles?
Along the way
As the discussion goes on, they also touch on:
- Four ways Christians can look at the concept of the Jewish people’s chosenness
- The ultimate destiny and fulfillment of the Jewish people as chosen to be a blessing to all the Earth
- Chosen for what? Three specific things (each cleverly beginning with the letter W) that the Jewish people were chosen for
- Wait, Abraham was from Iran or Iraq?
- Good advice about the importance of scriptural context
- How the “no difference” comparisons of Galatians and Colossians, when taken in context, clearly leave room for varying roles, purposes and functions
- A verse where “chosen” applies to both Jewish and Gentile Believers in Jesus
- Two scriptural roles of the Gentiles – in the heart of God and in relation to Jewish people
- Encouragement to embrace your unique, God-given identity regardless of Jewish or Gentile background
Words you might learn in this episode
Ecclesia, People of the Book, Am Yisrael Chai, Yeshua, yeshuah
Scriptures referenced in this episode
Deuteronomy 7:6–8, Deuteronomy 9:6, Romans 9, 10 and 11, Romans 3:1, Isaiah 43:9–13, Genesis 12:3, 2 Peter 3:9, Genesis 12:1–2, John 3:16, 1 John 4:9, Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 49:6, Galatians 3:28, Colossians 3:11, Colossians 3:12, Psalm 139:13, Ephesians 1:4, Romans 11:29, John 4:7–26, Romans 11:11 NKJV, Matthew 15:24, Romans 1:16, Romans 2:6–10
Other episodes referenced
#36 – Problems with the Church Replacing Israel
#37 – Does the Bible Say the Church Has Replaced Israel?
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