The story of Israel reaches an important point in the deserts of Egypt at the foot of Mount Sinai. It is here that God establishes a covenant with the Israelite people in which they are clearly said to be God’s chosen people—God’s “elect.” But as the story unfolds, there are few things we learn about Israel’s chosen status (and our own!) that need to be said clearly. 1. Being chosen does not mean that one is righteous or good, in fact, we see Israel and the church routinely behaving badly. 2. Being chosen does not mean God cares only about you. God is working on behalf of the whole world. 3. Being chosen does not mean that life will be easy-going. Often, it means the opposite.