The soteriological theme of the Bible that is, God’s work of rescuing and saving both Israel and other nations, is tied closely to the theme of universalism. Yahweh displayed His love and kept His word to Israel by freeing her from the bonds of slavery (Deut 9,26; 13,5; 15,15; 24,18). This was a basic part of Israel’s credo and crucial to understanding the first commandment. This God – the one who saves and frees – alone is God. “You shall have no other gods before me” (Ex 20). This credo transformed Israel from being merely one nation among others into the qahal, the chosen community which owes its very existence to God’s act of deliverance and returns its praises to Him in Psalms and prayers of thanksgiving.