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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Hi, Rick!

    I think the passage is speaking about God's having chosen to reveal himself first to the Hebrew people; he loved the fathers in the sense of being willing to show himself and to name himself ("I am that I am") as the one, true, living deity. Think burning bushes. The Hebrews were the first group to understand that.

    God is just to all peoples and deals with them equally, as a good judge would be in a court. But to the Hebrews he was willing to enter into a more intimate relationship so that he could reveal through them more of his personality and his purposes behind the creation. He has loved the Hebrews more than other peoples in the sense of taking extraordinary steps (e.g., the parting of the Red Sea) to nurture and preserve his relationship with them, so that the revelation could continue and culminate in Christ.

    I think. :-)