Psalm 147: 19 He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and ordinances to Israel. 20 He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his ordinances. Praise the Lord!
The psalmist describes a special relationship God has with the people of Israel (Jacob). Reading the Old Testament reveals this tribal God who takes sides with Israel against other nations. This is not a God for everyone. So it’s interesting how this dynamic shifts in a radical way via Jesus. Through Jesus Christ all who people everywhere have the opportunity to be counted among the children of God. Lord open the hearts of people everywhere to receive the grace of forgiveness of sin and eternal life in your holy name. Amen.