January 14, 2007
Breadcrumb: Two-way street
Though many people might think that God arbitrarily chose the Hebrews as his chosen people, there is in fact a reciprocal arrangement between them. In Ex. 19:3-8, God asks the Israelites whether they will obey him and keep his covenant. Should they agree, God will make them his chosen people, "a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation." Moses puts the question to the elders, the elders put the question to the people, and the people agree. It is this agreement that makes God's punishment for their later disobedience so harsh.