WASN'T THE CHOOSING OF ISRAEL, TO BE THE BLESSED NATION, AN ACT OF PARTIALITY BY GOD?
It was not an exclusive choosing but an inclusive one. He chose Israel as an instrument to bless the whole world. Jesus made it very plain when He said:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
All are His by creation. And the Bible declares:
All have sinned and come short of His glory. (Romans 3:23)
And a little earlier Paul wrote:
For there is no respect of persons with God. (Romans 2:11)
The Jews were chosen because of the faithfulness of one man, Abraham, their ancestor. God blesses the descendents of anyone who loves Him and keeps His commandments.
Was the choosing of Abraham above anyone else justified? Yes!
He did exactly what God wanted, and therefore he was chosen and blessed, and so were his seeds. God declared:
Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. (Genesis 26:5)
Look at Jesus-He chose the twelve apostles. He did not just choose twelve for salvation, but He chose them for a particular purpose in the plan of salvation. He would educate them, they would learn from Him, and in turn they would share their knowledge and blessing of God to the rest. He finally commissioned them:
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 28: 19)
Yes, all nations were in His plan of redemption. But He chose
particular instruments to expand His kingdom to:
Every nation and kindred and tongue and people. (Revelation 14:6)
The commission to share the Gospel is common to all believers.
But the Jews ultimately failed in their mission, and God had to terminate them as His representatives and instruments, and had to hand over this charge to the church. He told the leaders of the Jews:
Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. (Matthew 21:43)
The Church comprises of all faithful believers, not of one race, but from all backgrounds of life-believing Jews and believing gentiles-from all nations. The church and its members have the same responsibilities and privileges that Israel as a nation had before.
So the choosing of Israel (and now His church) was not an act of partiality and favoritism, but an act through which He could favor all people.