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God’s Plan in the Old Testament
Adventure 11: God's Work -- Past and Present
Mission: 5

Question Answer
What was the main way God made known His grace and glory during Old Testament times?

In Old Testament times, God made known His grace and glory by leading and taking special care of His chosen people, the Jews. Jeremiah 13:11 – "For as the sash clings to the waist of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me," says the LORD, "that they may become My people, for renown, for praise, and for glory; but they would not hear."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Since God is an invisible Spirit, He has chosen to demonstrate His character through a special group of people. In the Old Testament, this special group was the Israelites, or Jews.

Israel was blessed above all the nations on Earth. It was God’s special, chosen nation – and He desired His awesome greatness
and goodness to be displayed in and through the Israelites. Deuteronomy 14:2 – For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

But the children of Israel did not perfectly obey God. The Bible says they rejected Him, disobeyed Him, and provoked Him to anger. God was constantly gracious to them (and still is, to this day); but, as a people, they failed to meet their responsibilities
before God.