“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 ancestors 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” (Deuteronomy 7:7-8).
We go back to the exodus – the deliverance of the people of Israel from their oppressors, the Egyptians. We go with the question, “Why did God choose the Israelites to be His people?” God didn’t choose the Israelites because they deserved to be chosen by Him. There was nothing special about them. He chose them because He loved them. God’s love – this is what we see in the exodus. When we move forward from the exodus to the Gospel, we have the same message. God didn’t love us because we deserved to be loved by Him. He loved us because He chose to love us. “God so loved the world … ” (John 3:16) – The Gospel doesn’t begin with our love for God. It begins with His love for us. God has taken the initiative. Before we ever thought of reaching out to Him, He reached out to us. He didn’t wait for us to prove ourselves worthy of His love. He loved us “while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8). The Good News of God’s love tells us that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15).