Gen 29:31-31:55 (Stewart Playsted)
The birth of a shocking nation?
I can’t help but being shocked by the account of the beginnings of the nation Israel (the 12 sons of Jacob). What a shock that God chose people like this. The lies, the deceit, the sex, and this is who God chose!
But listen to how Deu 7:7-9 begins to unravel the mess:
7 The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. 8 But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your forefathers that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.
It may come then as no surprise that the reason God chose Israel ( Jacob and his 12 sons) says nothing about them and there rigtheous living but rather about Gods love!
I guess 2 Tim 1:9 should be no shock for us then…