The Hebrew word בָּחַר (bachar) means a careful and conscious choice. It is prominently used with יְהוָה (LORD) as subject, and in other places it is employed to express the choice of king/ priesthood, Yahweh choosing place of worship, election of people and choices that human make.

בָּחַר unfolds two theological insights: firstly, it is Yahweh who has chosen the people of Israel and treasured them (Deut. 7:6). Secondly, choices are kept before us either to choose life or death and good or evil (Deut. 30:19; Josh 24:22).

Let us comprehend that it is God who has chosen us and moreover, He has given us the freewill to choose good or evil and to bring life or death.


Dr. Aravind Jeyakumar Moniraj is serving as the Associate Professor and HOD, Department of Old Testament at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute in Chennai.

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