"AND IN YOU ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH WILL BE BLESSED" (Gen. 12:3)Because we are often focusing on the Jews in the Old Testament, we might get the view that God was unjust with the Gentiles. But the words of God to Abraham show us that God was thinking of people from all nations. The distinction between Jew and Gentile had its part in Old Testament theology, for sure, since the plan of redemption would work its way through Abraham & his descendants. But it would be an error to think that God did not love Gentiles and desire their salvation. Deuteronomy 10:18 says,
"He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.The "alien" was the foreigner, a non-Jew. If anyone was corrupt or unclean, regardless of whether they were Jew or Gentile, they were cut off. Exodus 12:19 says,
"Seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whoever eats what is leavened, that person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is an alien or a native of the land."It is easy to conclude that the Gentiles were lost because God did not choose them as His people. But the truth is that "free will" had more to do with one's eternal destiny than did blood lineage. This was true in the Old Testament.
Jehovah is a supremely just and giving God and is no respecter of persons (Rom 2:11). He blessed Rahab who was a gentile and a harlot because she came to have faith (Heb 11). Rahab was even an ancestor of Jesus Christ! God saved the gentiles of Nineveh when they repented even if Jonah despised them. Jonah 4:11
"Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?"Let us not lose heart by thinking we have found a fault in God who "chose" Israel instead of some other people. Israel, when sinful, was no more Saved than a gentile worshiper of Baal. But a gentile who instinctively did the things of the Law, was saved (Romans 2:11-15).
14 For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, 15 in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, 16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus. - Romans 2: 14-16I believe that Paul is saying that some gentiles in the Old Testament times were saved. God loved gentiles too.
The way God hardens a heart