Isaiah 43:20 – My Chosen People

Gary W. Ritter

(Isaiah 43-44; Colossians 2)

When did Israel become God’s Chosen People?  How did that come about?

Before Israel was a nation, God dealt directly with all peoples of the world.  From the time of Adam and Eve’s banishing from the Garden of Eden, the Lord was known by men and present in their affairs.  From the point at which Seth had his son Enosh, Genesis 4:26 tells us:

At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord.

In mankind calling upon His Name, I think we can infer that there was a certain relational quality that God had with his creation.  Men lived hundreds of years then.  Because they were by necessity close to nature, God’s hidden attributes were clearly seen and understood.  No one living had any excuses for spurning Him.  (Romans 1:20)  Yet, of course, many did because that’s the sin nature of man.

Much was happening in the spiritual realm during these early years.  Satan had already shown his true colors in challenging the Word of God.  There were others among the heavenly host who likewise – in their free will – chose to rebel against their Father who had created them.  This is made clear in the Genesis 6:1-4 account.  The sons of God (bene Elohim), undoubtedly egged on by Satan, saw that the daughters of man were attractive (Genesis 6:2).  They transgressed their heavenly boundaries (Jude 6) and took as their wives any they chose.  This union resulted in the corrupting of human flesh through the birth of hybrid beings known as Nephilim.  Their subsequent actions on the earth resulted in this statement in Genesis 6:5

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

In other words, the fall of God’s divine sons, that led to the birth and worldwide spread of the Nephilim, caused great depravity.   Mankind became exceedingly corrupt through the intermixing of species (human and divine, or human and partially divine).  Men’s hearts became sinful beyond redemption, and the very fiber of their being, i.e. their DNA, was altered through this ungodly union.  This resulted in the global condition that men were no longer fully human.  It necessitated God acting to eliminate the evil that had become so pervasive.  He brought the flood so as to start over with the only pure bloodline remaining on earth, that of righteous Noah.

Following the total destruction of the flood, through the instructions of God, man again procreated and increased in numbers.  However, God’s command to Noah (the same as it had been to Adam and Eve) was to fill the earth (Genesis 9:7).  Rather than obey, people migrated from the east [and] found a plain in the land of Shinar (Genesis 11:2).

In contradiction to God’s will, they built the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:4).  Why?  So that they might make a name for themselves.  How would they do this?  They thought that in the building of the Tower, they could reach the heavens in order to bring God down and control Him.  What better way to lift up themselves as self-exultant, glorious, and mighty than to have God at their disposal?  Interestingly, they knew they had to control Him in this way, otherwise they realized that they would be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.

These thoughts and actions caused God to do exactly what they feared.  He dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth and confused the language of all the earth (Genesis 11:8-9).

Later in Isaiah the prophet reiterates what Yahweh has communicated to him.  The Words were directed toward the nation of Israel, but the sentiment applies equally to the situation following the Tower incident in Babel.  Isaiah 43:24 repeats God’s lament:

… But you have burdened me with your sins;

    you have wearied me with your iniquities.

The disobedience of men wearied God.  To this point, He had been dealing with all of mankind.  But Babel became a turning point.  We see the first part in Deuteronomy 32:8 – ESV:

When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance,

    when he divided mankind,

he fixed the borders of the peoples

    according to the number of the sons of God.

Note that you must read this verse in the English Standard Version (ESV) translation in order to understand the sequence and the impact; it is a critical key to the entire Biblical narrative.  Most other translations, rather than say he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God, instead say he set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the children [or sons] of Israel.

Of course, God never set Israel over nations like this; in fact, Israel didn’t even exist at that time, which will be our next point.  No, Yahweh set His divine, loyal sons from the spiritual realm over the nations.  His intent was that they superintendent the nations for the time being.  Instead, they all rebelled and set themselves over those nations as their gods.  It is from this rebellion that the gods, such as Baal, Molech, Chemosh, and so many others, arose.  They were God’s rebellious sons.  It is why all nations turned away from the One true God.

Why did Yahweh set his sons (remember, they were loyal at the time) over the nations?  Probably a couple reasons.  Men were unruly and disobedient.  They burdened Him with their sins, and wearied Him with their iniquities, as noted earlier.  It’s likely that He wanted a break from dealing with mankind as a whole.  This then resulted in the statement in Deuteronomy 32:9:

But the Lord’s portion is his people,

    Jacob his allotted heritage.

Following God’s placing His sons over the nations, He calls forth His people Jacob who will be His inheritance.  In fact, Genesis 12:1 – immediately following the scattering of men into nations recounted in Genesis 11 – is when God calls Abram out of Ur:

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”

This is the beginning – the genesis, if you will – of the nation of Israel called to be blessed and to bless the world.  It is why in Isaiah 43:20-21 that God calls Israel:

… my chosen people,

    the people whom I formed for myself

that they might declare my praise.

As God’s Chosen People, He is not yet through with Israel.  They have been and are a disobedient people, but God has not abandoned them.  He has not forsaken His many promises to them.  Do not be deceived by anyone who declares otherwise (and there are many!).

Although they are secular and far from the Lord today, He will redeem Israel.  She will have to suffer much through the Tribulation to reach this point of redemption, but reach it she will.  Her disobedience will result in only a remnant being saved.  But the day will soon come as Zechariah 13:9 states:

“… They will call upon my name,

    and I will answer them.

I will say, ‘They are my people’;

    and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”

This is when Israel finally declares that Jesus is her Messiah.  What a glorious day it will be!


[Author Note: Briefly, I want to set the stage for you as to the nature of most of my articles in this season.  Each year I read the Bible through completely at least once – that has been my practice since I came to the Lord in 2005.  I remain astounded at what God has done in my life because of that discipline!  Each day I read from both the Old and New Testaments.  I choose a verse from one of those passages and write my commentary and reflection based on that.  In the title of my article, you’ll see the verse I chose.  In addition, you’ll see the reading for that day if you’d like to follow along with greater context.]

Gary W. Ritter is a lay pastor, Bible teacher, and prolific author.  His Whirlwind Series comprises three books: Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind, and There Is A Time.  These books are contained in the collected volume of the Whirlwind Omnibus.  Gary has been given the Christian Redemptive Fiction award for three novels: The Tattooed Cat, Alien Revelation, and for his collaboration with Terry James in writing The Minion Protocols, the third book in James’ Second Coming Chronicles.  Earlier this year Gary released a four-volume set of Awaken Bible Study Notes that comment verse-by-verse through Scripture from a Biblical prophetic lens.  He is currently editing a sequel to Alien Revelation called Alien Zombie Plague, which he plans to release later in the fall of 2021.  Recently, Gary wrote a novella for the new Kindle Vella platform.  That story is called Tribulation Rising: Seal Judgments – The Coming Apocalypse.  This seven-part short work can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099Z462WD.  Each day this year Gary has been writing commentary and reflections based on his reading through the Bible in a year.  The intent in all his writings is to bring a strong Christian witness to what people read.  You can see all his books and blog articles and reach him at his website: www.GaryRitter.com or his Facebook Author page:  https://www.facebook.com/gritter3390.  You can also see his older video Bible teachings on his Gary Ritter YouTube channel – look for the fish symbol, and more recently on Rumble on his Awaken Bible Prophecy channel: https://rumble.com/c/c-783217.

10 thoughts on “Isaiah 43:20 – My Chosen People

  1. Brother Gary, I thank you for being part of Absolute Truth from the Word of God. You offer the “meat” of the Word to the readers. God blesses your writings because you honor His Holy Word. We are blessed to have you as a writer/teacher on this site. Shalom.

  2. Dale Vernon

    HI Gary, I had always been taught angels cant procreate. Demons are fallen angels. So how did hybrids come about between these demonic beings & human women apparently thru procreation resulting in demonic giants? Another thought, these “abduction” experiences seem to have a common thread of total & detailed inspections, probings, gathering of fluids, blood, genetic stuff & I’m sure these “aliens” are demonic. Any comment on this kinda crazy sounding stuff? I’m not here to argue just looking for answers cuz Jesus warned us about the awful future of the world “as in the days of Noah’. Also regarding this subject of what value is the book of Enoch in your opinion?

  3. Brian Lazewski

    Note that you must read this verse in the English Standard Version (ESV) translation in order to understand the sequence and the impact; it is a critical key to the entire Biblical narrative. Most other translations, rather than say he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God, instead say he set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the children [or sons] of Israel.

    Must read the ESV to understand? When it comes to Translations my preferred is NONE of them. Not that I have an issue with the ESV. I prefer original Languages as in the manuscripts. The ESV is getting Son’s of God from the LXX and DSS. The MT and some LXX revisions have it as Sons of Israel. In those regards the ESV is more correct. Furthermore, I would reckon it with Daniel chapters 10 thru 12 concerning Angelic beings. Usually when I see this scripture accompanied with must read in the ESV I smell Michael Heiser and his rabbit hole of eisegetical error.

  4. Dale Vernon

    Hi Brian
    Thanks for the tip on Heisler or Heiser (found him under both spellings). Never heard of him but apparently his associations include the NAR movement which is poison to real Christians & flaky Biblical scholarship hence I would avoid wasting my time with his material. There is actually quite a bit on this person’s writings if one looks into it. Appreciate the heads up.

  5. Sue Kay

    God’s people, “Israel,” are those who have been following Christ during the last 2000 years. There is no proof even of descendancy since then. The current political system which calls itself “Israel” is not part of the Bible prophecies to which you are referring.

    1. rlinaz

      Sue, respectfully, I recommend you read your Bible all the way through starting in Genesis. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your reading and to give you fresh eyes. If you do this you will understand that you are wrong when you make the claims you do about the Jews and Israel.

      If you’d rather stay in darkness that is your choice, but ‘replacement theology’ is against everything Christ taught and what God promises, all throughout the Bible.

      There are far too many points to cover here to make it clear, but reading your Bible with an open heart and mind, and asking for the Spirit’s guidance will help you know the Truth.

  6. Dale Vernon

    Hi Sue
    Are you an adherent to what is called “Replacement Theology” (RT for short)? Basically it means all the promises made by God to the Jews under the Old Covenant were transfered to the “church” which is comprised of believers/followers of Christ since Pentecost under the New Covenant. So now God has forsaken the Jews & the “church” is regarded as spiritual Israel & receives all the promises formerly made to the Old Covenant Jews. This is a rough picture but
    adequate for now. In any event do u have any Scriptures from the Bible supporting this RT view? If u dont support the RT view then how did u come to your conclusion…”God’s people, Israel are those who have been following Christ the last 2000 years.” For openers u might read Romans chapter 11; especially 11:1-2 then ask urself after reading it, Did God cast away Israel? I would be interested in ur answer.