ISRAEL'S GREAT COMMISSION
The nation of Israel is the only nation on the face of the earth that is given a "Divine Commission." The privilege and duty of being an active and sucessful missionary nation starts with the founder of the nation, Avraham (Abraham), who was the first successful missionary in Scripture. Avraham's household comprised over three hundred souls which "he made" (Genesis 12:5). Avraham converted these household members to the one true God out of the pagan, idol-worshipping nations. This dynasty (or Kingdom of God) that Avraham founded continued to grow as his son Isaac inherited all of his household.
Jacob, the son of Isaac, rebuilt his household in the diaspora of Haran as he worked twenty years for his uncle Laban. By the time God brought Jacob down to Egypt to be with his son Joseph, who had risen to be the viceroy of all Egypt, Jacob brought with him only seventy souls. Two hundred and ten years later (400 years counting from Isaac's birth), the nation of Israel, now called God's son Exodus 4:22), was delivered out of Egypt. By this time the Israelites numbered well over a million and a half (over 600,000 footmen- warriors, not counting old men, women and children.
Attaching themselves to this God-designed Israelites destiny was over a million non-Israelites2,