Deuteronomy 4:7 (ESV) For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him? There was never a nation that could call upon God as their God. Then God called on Abraham and he believed God and God grew the nation of Israel from him. This na1on had the Privileged Position of being called the apple of God’s eye. Jesus’ human lineage came through the na1on of Israel. Although this nation failed in many ways, Jesus fulfilled all that God desired. Now today we hold the Privileged Position of being called the people of God, the Holy Nation as stated in 1Peter 2:9. The church and individual believers have proven to fall short of God’s intended purpose.