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CHAPTER SEVENTEEN - CHOSEN PEOPLE
BookRev-18:Chosen People are the Nation of Priests that are Shadow to Royal Priests - 1.
In the whole world, there is nothing more instructive in the "Will of God" than the history of the "Chosen People". So, a detailed study of the Jews will sum up the whole concept of Religion.
Thus, we have all heard about the claims made by the Jews as to be the "Chosen People" of God but unfortunately very few try to understand the lessons that God is continuously imparting to us through favours and disfavours to these Chosen People. Therefore, it is very important for us to understand the origin and history of these Chosen People. Anyone of you who will comprehend the God's Temperament towards these people, will also be able to foresee the future events in the world.
Thomas Logo 5: Jesus said, "Recognise what is in your sight and that which is hidden (of God) from you will become plain to you. For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest". Also, Thomas Logo 103: Jesus said, "Fortunate is the man who knows where the brigands will enter, so that he may get up, muster his domain, and arm himself before they invade".
The story of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael and Isaac is well-known to most of us but still it will be worthwhile to recapture the highlights. Abraham was an upright person who loved God through loving and serving the people. His hospitality to the strangers was exemplary and he always gave an honest and earnest opinion to others. He always upheld righteous people. It is for this spirit of hospitality and Righteousness that Abraham is still living and respected in our memories as Christ Jesus is living and honoured by us for the spirit of Gospel.
Abraham had Sarah as his lawful wife but they were getting advanced in age without having a son to carry on the "seed" of Abraham. Sarah was troubled at heart and presented the young slave girl called Hagar to Abraham to have a son from her. Abraham being still capable of producing children and Hagar being a young slave girl, there was no biological problem in giving birth to a son named Ishmael. Even after the birth of Ishmael, Sarah kept on loving and serving Abraham undauntedly even though Hagar had become a bit "arrogant".
One day, Abraham and Sarah served the devotees of God so well that pleased with their hospitality they announced that Abraham and Sarah will have a "son". Both Abraham and Sarah being well advanced in age started to "laugh" that how could an old couple have a "son"! But the "Boon" of the holy men was not in vain and they did produce a "son" called "Isaac".
Now, Isaac being born because of the blessing of the Saints, he was called a "Promised Child" in order to differentiate him from Ishmael born of the natural young age of Hagar. Further, as Sarah was the lawful wedded wife of Abraham, Isaac was taken to be superior in the eyes of Sarah but to Abraham both the sons were equal in all respects.
Now, Abraham had a Promised Land and the inheritance of the property of father goes to his sons and not to the slaves. So, Abraham took Hagar and Ismael out of the Promised Land and settled them in the wilderness for the seeds of Ishmael to occupy. Abraham never hated anyone. That is why the seeds of Abraham, the Arabs still honour Him with the core of their hearts. The moral of the above story also forms â€œSHADOWâ€ to our present Gospel in which only the 12 inner Circle Labourers of Jesus being the sons of God are entitled to the inheritance of the Royal Kingdom of God and not those outer circle 70 Labourers that were trained in the name of John, the Baptist for paving the way for 12 Apostles. So, that was the difference between the two. Thus, our aim is to first become the son of Man and then through Preaching Gospel to Represent or become the sons of our Father God, the Most High.