Because he believed in the Lord, God chose Abraham to make His unilateral and unconditional covenant
While Abraham had many descendants, God chose Jacob (Rom 9:11-13;
Mal 1:2-5) as the line through which the covenant would be passed. The nation of Israel
arises from Jacob (Gen 35:1-15), and God identifies Himself as the God of Abraham and
Isaac and Jacob (Ex 3:15).
Here for the first time, God chooses between two siblings of the same Patriarch
God chose the nation of Israel to be His own possession among all the peoples, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation on the condition
that they obey His voice and keep His covenant (Ex 19:5-6;
His choice of a people included both faithful and unbelieving Jews (Acts 13:17)
but the faithful would eventually be only a remnant (Rom 11:5-7).
The Son of God, just like God the Father, chose people for a purpose in His plan of fulfilling the Abrahamic Covenant. After the
departure of Judas, Jesus reveals the purpose of choosing the disciples; they were chosen and appointed for fruitful service
Jesus chooses Saul (who would be renamed Paul) to be His apostle to the Gentiles
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