Know, then, that the LORD, your God, is God: the faithful God who keeps covenant mercy to the thousandth generation toward those who love him and keep his commandments, Deuteronomy 7:9 NABRE
The book of Deuteronomy recounts the main events at the end of the forty years the Israelite’s spent wandering in the desert under the leadership of Moses. The people are about to embark on a campaign of the land the Lord is giving them, known as the Promised Land. Moses addresses them with a series of farewell addresses which reminds them of the main events that occurred to them during their Exodus and he urges them to keep the Law of the Covenant. In the section with the quoted verse Moses is speaking about the election of the people of Israel as the chosen. God chose them because He loved them, and He promised their Father Abraham. They are not any more special than any other people, but their selection is so others can see and learn and know they too will be selected when Christ comes. Moses reminds them the Lord is there God and He is keeping His covenant of increasing their descendants and providing a land that is rich and ready for them to live and enjoy. Moses reminds them to keep the commandments which he has shared with them.
God works with the chosen people to inform them of Himself, the stories of their choseness and a coming Messiah. They think they understand but when the Messiah comes they miss Him completely. But for God the work has begun and enough people recognized the Messiah and continued His ministry that today all people are part of the thousandth generation that God loves and called His elect. As followers of Jesus we are elected, we are God’s chosen. We are called to live as models so others may come to know they are chosen too.
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