There are many in today's Christian world who have a very difficult time understanding God's relationship with the Jewish people; one sad example is a dear brother who wrote Antipas saying:
"I stopped believing in a God who is [obviously] a racist. [that is to say, Someone who chose a people who believe that the ... Palestinians should be wiped (off the face of the earth)]. If the Jews are a chosen people what does that make the rest of us? - an inferior people ..."
However, God did not choose the Jews because they were somehow or other congenitally better than any other people on earth; or because they were a people morally superior to the people who surround them; or that they possess some kind of innate spiritual DNA that predisposes them toward God.
He chose them in order to make an open show of His MERCY - that is to say, that His dealings with man are based on UNMERITED FAVOR (i.e., GRACE) and nothing else. That's what the Bible says:
"He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
"For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
"As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
"Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
"For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust." (Ps. 103:1014)
God's mercy toward Israel is an OPEN and PUBLIC demonstration to that affect a historical display of His KINDNESS and COMPASSION for ALL to see who seek after God - for the Bible says that with regard to this matter (i.e., His mercy), He is -
"... NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS:
"But in EVERY nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted by him." (Acts 10:3435)
And the Bible goes on to explain what it means here by the word "work:"
"Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent." (John 6:29)
What's that mean? It means that our relationship with God - whoever we are - is based on His mercy toward us and not on any innate righteousness on our part; that if we try to approach God on the basis of anything we can do, we will surely fail. The Bible says:
"... we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (Is. 64:6)
The Bible says:
"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
"They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." (Rom. 3:10, 12)
I repeat, we both - Jew and gentiles - must trust in God's mercy to clothe us with His righteousness. The question is, however, what assurance do we have that He will do so? What we have, of course, is the assurance of the Written Word:
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER [that surely includes everyone, no matter who they are or what they've done] believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
And the Bible goes on to say:
"For by GRACE [i.e., unmerited favor] ARE YE SAVED through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
"NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast." (Eph. 2:89)
Israel is God's OPEN and very PUBLIC demonstration in the HISTORICAL RECORD and IN THE EVENTS OF TODAY, that God saves man on the basis of His mercy alone, and not on the basis of any righteousness we think we possess. After all, if God can remain faithful to Israel despite all that Israel has done, and all that she has failed to do, He can remain faithful to ALL those who call upon His name - and that He will fulfill ALL the promises He has made to us and bring us safely through to the end.
Contra-wise, if God's promises to Israel fail on the basis of Israel's unfaithfulness, then we also stand in jeopardy of our future - for surely the church has been as unfaithful to God as Israel has been. The very real truth of the matter is, the church's historical record is every bit as tawdry and cheap as is Israel's, and to think otherwise is to reveal yourself as an IDIOT.
We cannot emphasize this point enough: the Jewish people possess no higher innate morality than do the Palestinians; no greater virtue; no higher sense of decency and purity; but, again, THAT'S NOT THE POINT! The point is UNMERITED FAVOR - i.e., GRACE. The wonderful TRUTH here is that if God can save Israel on that basis, He can also save anyone on that basis as well - whether Jews or Arabs, Iranians or Turks, Russians or Chinese - whoever you are!
It's for this reason that those who condemn Israel because Israel supposedly is no different from any other nation are so wrong. While THEY ARE RIGHT that she possesses no higher innate morality than do the Palestinians, no greater virtue, no higher sense of decency and purity, they are still very wrong because THAT'S NOT WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE!
We are talking about UNMERITED FAVOR - i.e., GRACE. That's what we are discussing - and, again, the wonder of it all is that if God can save Israel on that basis, He can also save you on that basis as well.