The dramatic events surrounding the crossing of the sea hearken back unavoidably to the opening verses of Genesis: the dividing of the Red Sea recalls the splitting of the watery world into two; the destroying of the Egyptian army evokes the slaying of the forces of chaos. In this passage, the Bible serves up yet another creation story. And this time the product is not the world; it's the nation of Israel. As Avner said, "Now the people are free. Now the real work begins."
So I thought why a chosen people? What "real work"? Was God a universal god or just for the Israelites?
Why did God "create" Israel?
And here we are talking about Israel of long ago. Not this current Zionist state. Just wanted to be clear.