Agreed.Israel still is God's chosen people, even if a majority of them have (currently) turned their backs on Him. There is a 'time' of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24). There is a time set aside that the Gentiles might be a witness to the Jews, to provoke them to jealousy. (Romans 10:19)
Paul made it clear that the Jews come first (because they were chosen first), (Romans 2:10), but notice the preceding verse. "There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek" (Romans 2:9 ESV), so they don't receive any "special treatment". If anything, He is more strict with them.
God is always stricter with those He loves. Judgement begins with the household of God (1 Peter 4:17)
We (the Gentiles) are part of the Body of Christ (branches on the Vine), but must remember we were "grafted in" by the grace of God. We did not replace the Jews. (Romans 11:17-24)
I agree with Egraine that God doesn't show favouritism. He doesn't LOVE one person more than another. Its not in His nature. GOD IS LOVE. But he does call different people(s) according to His will and purpose.
Acts 10:34........God has His own special purpose for all individuals, peoples, and nations. I believe He chose the Hebrews as a people set aside to be examples to other peoples and nations to show that He is the only One true living God. In Old Testament times the known world was rife with worship of idols and other practices detestable to God. He wanted a people who were to be kept separate and clean, and to worship only Him. Historically, when the Hebrews strayed from the worship of God, He made his displeasure extremely clear to them, and by doing so, he set them forth as an example to all posterity the pitfalls of falling away from God.
There are also authors who have postulated that the Hebrews, the 144,000 of the 12 tribes will in the end times be the ones fervently witnessing for Christ as a final effort to save as much of mankind as possible. It's an interesting thought. I personally feel that God has special plans for Israel that still have to come to fruition, whatever those plans may be.
I do not think that God 'favors' any one people over another, but that he utilizes certain peoples for His own purposes.God wants all peoples to come to Him in love and of their own free will. He wants us all to share in His love, and He wants to bless His children when they come to him in humble obedience. He has specific purposes for each and every one of us, and we are ALL special to Him - every single soul.
Deut. 7:7-9 tells us............Israelites were God’s chosen people. What do you believe that means and do you think God favors them over other groups of people?
Great choice of words. You really pinned down the real issues here.Israelites were God’s chosen people. What do you believe that means and do you think God favors them over other groups of people?