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The Jewish people are chosen – but what does that mean?

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The Jewish People are also known as the Chosen People. But what does this exactly mean? Chosen to do what? Here is a great explanation of why the Jews are also called the Chosen People and chosen for what?

The Jewish People

The Jewish People are special people. They have suffered much from the start, whether it be the slavery in Egypt or the exile from the land of Israel after the Temple was destroyed. Later on, the Jewish people suffered during the time of the Crusades, the pogroms in Europe, and of course the Holocaust. Yet, here they stand today – a true miracle. But after all the suffering, it makes you wonder why they are the Chosen People?

The Chosen People

The Jews are also called the Chosen People as they were chosen by God. It says in the Bible, Deuteronomy 14:2 “For thou art a holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be His own treasure out of all peoples that are upon the face of the earth“.

God chose a people that are not set out to conquer the World. The only land the Jews have ever fought over is the Land of Israel, which according to the Bible is rightfully theirs. But they have never gone out to battle to conquer other parts of the world.

Jews also do not encourage converting. Rabbi’s are even told to discourage someone from converting at least three times before they can agree to accept a conversion. It is then followed by years of intense learning. Did you know it is extremely difficult to convert to Judaism?

Finally, the Jews see themselves as a God squad. They are a light unto the nations. As it says in Isaiah 49:6 “and I shall submit you as a light unto the nations, to be My salvation until the end of the earth” They are to do God’s work in this world and show other nations the way to go.