a sacred people
Deuteronomy 26:16-19 (JDV)
Deuteronomy 26:16 “Yahveh your God is commanding you this day to do these prescriptions and rules. Do them carefully with all your heart and all your throat.
Deuteronomy 26:17 Today you have affirmed that Yahveh is your God and that you will walk in his ways, watch his prescriptions, commands, and rules, and obey him.
Deuteronomy 26:18 And today Yahveh has affirmed that you are his own possession as he promised you, that you are to watch all his commands,
Deuteronomy 26:19 that he will elevate you to praise, fame, and glory above all the nations he has made, and that you will be a sacred people to Yahveh your God as he promised.”
a sacred people
The Israelites were called to be a sacred people. What did that entail? It required that they commit themselves to being God’s possession by paying close attention to all that God commanded, and obeying those commands. It was not legalism, because there was a purpose beyond the laws. The plan of God was that he would elevate his sacred nation above all other nations, so that all those other nations would be drawn to him. Their purity and passion for truth and fairness was to be a beacon of light to the dark world around them.
That is God’s plan for his church today. The believers in Christ are to be a city on a hill, shining with God’s perfection, unity and glory.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9 NET).
Lord, we are your possession. Use us to draw a dark world to your light!