12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;
– Zechariah 9
10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
– Psalms 16
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
– Luke 2
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
– 1 Corinthians 1
Despite David being himself a Shepherd, the Shepherds were still considered being among the lowest of the social classes in Jesus’ time along with Harlots and Tax Collectors.
God is not the “respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34); He shows no partiality, but He for His glory He has often chosen the least of the peoples of this world.
He began with Abram, which the scriptures has said came from Chaldea but nothing more was said of Him (Genesis 11:31). Next came Isaac and Ishmael. From Ishmael came the Arab people(1), but from Isaac only Esau and Jacob (Genesis 25:26). From Esau came the Edomites(2) but from Jacob came the nation of Israel.
The Moabites were greater in terms of numbers and establishment as they were the first to have kings while the Jews did not become a sovereign state until perhaps 500 years afterward. They were thus the least of all the nations yet from the very beginning, God has chosen Israel to be His people. To this day Israel remains as among the minor state, but is destined to be at the pinnacle power, but ruled by Christ Himself (Zechariah 8:20-22 & Revelation 21:1-2)
But with regard to righteousness Israel leads. Not to say that they have always been upright as scripture made that abundantly clear (Deuteronomy 7:7-8), but because they have been raised and ruled by the Mosaic law (Romans 2:17-24), they are not as sinful as the Gentile world. But even here, the LORD chooses a people least considered worthy.
He could have given salvation only to Israel, and elected only them, but even before then He used them as the light to the Gentiles (Genesis 12:3 & Isaiah 42:6). In the later period of Israel’s history, God said that He will make them His people who were originally not (Hosea 2:23). Finally, Jesus said in John 10:16 that He has other sheep that He must bring to His fold.
Still, the notion of the Gentiles becoming saved and becoming His people came as a surprise to the Jewish people but God proved it so by bringing Cornelius to His fold (Acts 10:45). In summation I will use Paul’s words to the Ephesians concerning all us who are Gentiles:”
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
– Ephesians 2
Why would God do all this? Again Paul’s words to the Romans:
15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
– Romans 9
What a great and merciful God we serve!
1. Who Are the Descendants of Ishmael? GotQuestions.com, Accessed 12-31-2020. https://www.gotquestions.org/descendants-of-Ishmael.html
2. Who were the Edomites. GotQuestions.com, Accessed 12-31-2020. https://www.gotquestions.org/Edomites.html