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Chosen City

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Deliberate Selection

Category B: Chosen City

[dropcap class="article-dropcap"]S[/dropcap]everal times in Deuteronomy, G1586 was used to speak of a specific place where God would set His name, although it was not until the days of David that the city of Jerusalem was revealed as the identity of the place.

‘Since the day that I brought My people out of the land of Egypt, I have chosen no city from any tribe of Israel in which to build a house, that My name might be there, nor did I choose any man to be a ruler over My people Israel.  ‘Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name may be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.’  (2 Chronicles 6:5-6)

In this category, the clearly defined choice was Jerusalem, selected from among all the cities of Israel.  God selected it for the purpose and function of being the place where He would set His name.  Although it does not specifically say so in this particular passage, from the rest of scripture we know that Jerusalem was the chosen city forever - there would be no other city where God would set His name.  Finally, Nehemiah referred to Jerusalem as a holy city (see Nehemiah 11:1).  Thus, similar to the previous category, all four elements were present in this category of God's choice.

[dropcap class="article-dropcap"]I[/dropcap]n addition to the choice of a city, there was a second choice referenced in the passage above: David (chosen individual) as king over Israel (purpose).  In 2 Samuel 7:16 God speaks of establishing David's throne forever, but we do not find anywhere that he was specifically called holy unto God.