Chosen?

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Artwork by Elhanan ben-Avraham

He has remembered His covenant forever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, then He confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit. – Psalm 105:8-15

Is everyone everywhere ultimately led by God? I really couldn’t say, but perhaps in the grandest sense, yes, as the Creator of the entire universe is not limited to church services of any particular denomination, theology or dogma. I know that what Einstein did was revealed only to Einstein alone, which he then exposed to everyman, and changed the world and the way we see it. Was he ’special,’ yes – but what does that mean? As I understand it, when God wants something done in the human sphere, he moves it through one individual to plant into history for His purposes – be it an Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Paul, or George Washington. The Chosen are those who also choose to be chosen, though many of those called and chosen have been rather reluctant, including Moses (“O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore nor since Thou hast spoken unto Thy servant; but I am slow of speech and of a slow tongue”), Jeremiah (“Ah, Lord God, I said, I surely do not know how to speak, for I am only a child), Isaiah (“Woe is me, for I am ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips”), and Paul’s violent opposition to his ultimate calling as an apostle. The deep beauty of that is in the story of Jonah, who was commissioned to go to Nineveh and warn that great city, to which he immediately fled the very opposite direction, bringing havoc, fear and danger to all on his ship to Tarshish, but even despite his rebellion against his calling, he nevertheless unintentionally revealed to all the Gentiles on the ship the knowledge of the one YHVH, and the great fish taught Jonah himself a fine lesson, even used as a parable of the Messiah, until he went finally to do his commissioned work in Nineveh. I know that fish. That is the story of the Chosen People of God – the reluctant Jews, as it is written, “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” – Romans 11

And yet, despite such scriptures as above, I know some serious theologians who deduce from the very same scriptures as I read that the Church is now Israel and the Jews have been rejected by God as the Chosen, and the State of Israel an illegitimate ‘political accident’ (that being the equivalent of those Pharisees of the 1st century who did not recognize the Messiah standing in the flesh before their eyes), and other serious theologians who conclude the complete contrary. They cannot both be right, so I’ll leave all that within the safe walls of the seminaries and walk out prophecy-become-flesh humbly before my God here in the reality of the Promised Land.