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Peculiarity of People of God

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29 April 2024

“Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine” (Exodus 19:5)

“For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.” (Psalm 135:4)

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10)

The Oxford Dictionary definition of the word “peculiar” is, “something that is different to what is normal or expected; something strange.” Spiritually speaking, peculiar people are the individual that stand out to do something holy and righteous but radically unusual in order to yield in response to God’s glorious purpose, that is perfectly in line with the agenda of God for the glory of God and the benefit of humanity. Peculiar people do not confine themselves in the shell of the norms of the societies.  Peculiar people dwell in the wisdom and understanding of God, they are sensitive to the impulses of the Spirit of God and they trust in the guidance of the powerful hand of God.

Only peculiar person like Abraham can yield in obedience at the commandment of God to get away from his country, from his kindred and from his father’s house to an unknown address in the land of Canaan that God will show him.  “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee. … “So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him  Abram did not insist on knowing the address of his destination. He took off at the command of Almighty God. The Lord did not put Abraham to shame, He fulfilled all His covenant He had with Abraham and the whole nations of the earth were blessed today through the lineage of Abraham.

Esther, a Jewish slave girl in the land of Babylon was unwittingly chosen to be the queen of the most powerful king of her time. At an appointed time, when a duty call of the purpose of God in her life as a queen of the land, to be an instrument of salvation for her people, the Jews in the land of Shushan who were at the verge of destruction by the horrendous scheme of Haman the Agagite. She stood up for the glory of God in her responsibility. She righteously and radically responded to risk her life and her lofty and glorious position as the queen of the land in order to save the lives of her people. She commanded, “Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. (Esther 4:16) The Lord did not put her to shame, the Jews in Shushan were rescued at the prayerful and timely tactical intervention of Queen Esther. Because of this great sacrifice, she had a book in her name in the Bible for her peculiar activities.

Ruth, a Moabite was in the state of sorrow when the grace of peculiarity was extended to her.  Disaster befell the household of Elimelech. Naomi lost Elimelech her husband. Mahlon and Chilion the two sons of Naomi who were the husband of Ruth and Orpah suddenly died.  Now Naomi and her two daughters-in-law were now left with each other in a foreign land of Moab. Obviously, the future was bleak to these three women. Naomi decided to return to Jerusalem. She called her two daughters-in-law to return to their parents in Moab.  The idea sound normal and reasonable to Orpah, she kissed her mother in law and returned to her people in Moab.  On the other hand, the counsel of Naomi sounded strange and odd to Ruth. She radically but courageously and righteously took her stand.  She said to Naomi her mother-in-law, “Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.” (Ruth 1:16-17) Ruth returned to Jerusalem with her mother in law.  She later became a wife to Boaz. Ruth begat Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of King David. Lastly Jesus Christ came through the lineage of King David and that made Ruth to be the great grant mother of Jesus Christ.  Again because of her faithful stand in the Lord, she was the only person from Gentile nations that had a book in the Bible in her name. 

There is a spiritual denominator common to the three-peculiar people of God mentioned in the article.  It is called “faith.” The scripture tells us, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) “… but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”  (Daniel 11:32) The three-peculiar servant of God, Shadrak, Misach and Abednego refused to worship idol god of Nebuchadnezzar at the threatening burning fiery furnace. They were cast into the fire but the presence of God subdued the consuming scorching of the fiery burning furnace. “Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” (Daniel 3:24-25) The Lord did not abandon His servants in the hands of their enemy.

Our Heavenly Father desires that we may be a peculiar people for His glory. There are many obstacles to overcome and many victories to win but He need someone like you and me to stand out and declare His glory. Many are yet to be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ and many needed to be lifted up from the valley of their despondency through the prayer of the saint. Joshua said in the sight of all Israel, “Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies.” (Joshua 10:12-13) Our Faithful Father is still in the business of miracles even in the twenty-first century. Beloved, can you dare to become peculiar for the glory of God in this season? He will not put you to shame, in fact He will glorify Himself in your faithful endeavors.

Prayer:

O merciful Father, Your eyes “run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Yourself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward You.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)  Draw me closer unto you from this day on and throughout this year and let your grace of peculiarity be extended unto me to stand out faithfully for your glory in all my holy and righteous endeavors in Jesus name, Amen.


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