How Peculiar!

But ye are…a peculiar people.
1 Peter 2:9, KJV

Many of the older translations of the Bible used the word peculiar to describe the people of God. In the King James Version, for example, we learn that Israel is to be God’s “peculiar treasure” (Exodus 19:5) and that Christians are to be a “peculiar people, zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14). Newer versions update the language, telling us we are a special people.

Peculiar now has a different connotation.

And yet…

A. W. Tozer wrote, “A real Christian is an odd number anyway. He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen, talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see, expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another, empties himself in order to be full, admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, goes down in order to get up, is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest and happiest when he feels worst. He dies so he can live, forsakes in order to have, gives away so he can keep, sees the invisible, hears the inaudible and knows that which passes knowledge.”

How special we are!

Be not afraid to possess this peculiar character, for though it is misunderstood on earth, it is well understood in heaven. Charles Spurgeon

  • David Jeremiah

One Response

  1. Peculiar = odd , different those are the thoughts that come to my own thinking- like Israel was to be a people set apart for God in the earth an example onto the other nations then in the earth, like a light of good example for God and how He eventually wanted all the nations to look to God and behave as people within the nations with Gods law at the heart of everything- but we know that did not work out well at all ontil God decided to send his son into the earth or vineyard thinking that they would respect him but again we know that did not work out well either to a certain degree but God always knows how to direct the stream in the direction he wants it to go hence this gospel of the kingdom shall go out to all nations and then He will return:)

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