There has been some debate on this forum and debate in general as to the status of the Jewish People in our current age. As you know if you have read any of what I wrote in that debate, I believe that the Jewish People remain a "Chosen People" in the eyes of God. I hope that stating that at the outset does not cause those of you who do not agree with me to tune me out at this point. I believe there are several lines of reasoning that support the idea that the Jewish People are still God's "Chosen People" and I will attempt to use just a few of those lines of reasoning to build a case. I also hope that I will be able to dispel some misconceptions along the way. WERE THE JEWS EVER GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE? It is fair to ask at the outset if the Jewish People were ever God's "Chosen People." After all, if they weren't there is no point in going any further. "For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth." Deuteronomy 7:6 The above verse should suffice to show that the Jews enjoyed a special relationship with God that was not shared by other nations. At this point you may wonder when this special relationship was established and why. This relationship was established between God and Abraham c. 2000 BC: "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." Genesis 12:2-3 Why did God select the Jewish People as His special people? "The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt." Deuteronomy 7:7-8 God did not choose the Jews because they were a great people or because they were an especially righteous people, His selection was an act of unwarranted Grace. A BIBLICAL CASE: When God established His covenant with Abraham He promised Abraham that it was an "everlasting" covenant. "And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee." Genesis 17:7 God reiterates that this covenant would apply to Issac and Issac's descendants. "And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him." Genesis 17:19 God refers to the Jews is "My People" in c. 1450 BC. "Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt." Exodus 3:10 God refers to the Jews as His people even when the are disobedient or have forgotten Him completely. "Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number." Jeremiah 2:32 "For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge." Jeremiah 4:22 God refers to Israel as "My People" at the time of the "latter days" in His prophecy of Gog and Magog. "And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes." Ezekiel 38:16 So we see that God called the Jews His people in 2000 BC during the time of Abraham, in 1450 BC during the Time of Moses, in 575 BC during the time of Jeremiah, and even in the still future time of the Battle of Gog and Magog. A HISTORICAL CASE: There is no record of any group of people being destroyed and scattered in ancient times and managing to retain any form of cultural identity, much less re-establish their nation. However, this is just what Israel did in 1948 with the creation of the modern state of Israel. This remarkable event was foretold in Ezekiel 37 as well as other places in the Bible. A CULTURAL CASE: In AD 70 Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple were destroyed by the Roman general Titus, after this the Jews were dispersed to all areas of the globe. They were to remain strangers in foreign lands for 1900 years. During that 1900 year period the Jewish People were able to maintain their special cultural identity. My own ancestors came to America from Germany in July 1900, by the time I was born 71 years later only the silghtest hints of our German heritage remained. Cultural identity does not last very long when you are living outside of your culture. It is just not possible that a people could maintain such an identity for 1900 years without God's direct intervention. FAQ: Does this mean that Jewish people don't need Christ? Not at all, Jews need the saving grace of Christ just like the rest of us do, Jesus made that clear in John 14:6. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6 Does this mean that God favors Jews over Christians? No, the Jewish People are God's special chosen people, but we as Christians are God's adopted children. Is God promise to Abraham that He will "bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee" still in effect? Yes, God made it clear that this was an everlasting promise. Does this mean that if a Christian sins against Israel or the Jews that the Christian will be punished? God has promised Israel special protection, so it is very unwise for anyone Christian or otherwise to act against Israel. Are you saying that God will side with an unbelieveing Jew over a believeing Christian? No I am not. I am saying that God has made it clear that it is wrong to act against Israel. If you are a Christian and you sin, God will punish you, He does this to correct your behavior because He loves you. Think about it this way, if you steal from an atheist who hates God, God will still punish you for stealing. He doesn't do this because He holds the atheist in higher regard than a Christian, but because He loves the Christian and wants to correct his bad behavior.