"If the Jews are God’s ‘chosen
people,’ why have they been so oppressed?"
were dependent upon her obedience. If the nation sinned,
it would be chastened. This is God’s warning to
the Jews, followed by His promised restoration: "The
Lord shall scatter you among all people, from the one
end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve
other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have
known, even wood and stone. And among these nations
shall you find no ease, neither shall the sole of your
foot have rest: but the Lord shall give you there a
trembling heart, and failing eyes, and sorrow of mind"
"In the latter years
you shall come into the land that is brought back from
the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against
the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste:
but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they
shall dwell safely all of them" (Ezekiel 38:8).