At Mount Sinai
In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt—on the very day—they came to the Desert of Sinai. 2 After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain. 3 Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: 4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you[a] will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”
A PECULIAR TREASURE
The word, “peculiar” here is not how it is used in todays meanings: “odd, weird” . However, in the old King James version, the word, “Peculiar” meant, “something special.” And this was exactly what God wanted Israel to be-something special, set apart, only claimed by God and no one else. That is why God said to Israel, you are to be my special treasure.
Taking this thought a bit further, the concept of a treasure is one that yields great peace and calmness when viewed from a Biblical viewpoint.
I see three things about a Special Treasure in this verse as it applies to Israel and to we who are called of God to follow Him today.
-The first thing about a Special Treasure regards the POSSESSION of it.
-The next thing is that special PRECAUTION that has to be taken with any Special Treasure.
-Finally, I see the PLACE of that Special Treasure in one’s possession.
For any treasure to be special and to be called a “treasure” it has to be possessed.
-This is exactly what Israel was to God; it was His POSSESSION. this Treasure was a Peculiar treasure. It was unlike any other Treasure that God had-it was an entire nation.
-Treasures are usually called a treasure due to the fact that they are one of a kind or they are one of a very limited thing. In the instance of Israel, it was a nation that stood all by itself as being called “God’s Treasure-His Peculiar Treasure.”
-Treasure is usually Priceless. There might be a monetary value to it but the owner would not take any amount of money for his Possession-it is beyond monetary value.
•We are Gods “Peculiar Treasure” the purpose for our life is Priceless!!!
For a treasure to be held in the Possession of the owner, it had to be obtained somehow. The treasure could have been purchased, it could have been passed on from generation to another and/or it could have been found or discovered. In this instance, God’s Peculiar Treasure was obtained by the direct intervention of Himself. Likewise, all who come to believe in Him are Obtained through the shedding of the Blood of Christ. He has Purchased us by His death. Today, even though Israel is still God’s Peculiar Treasure, we who are redeemed by the Blood of Christ are His Priceless, Peculiar Treasure, Obtained by the redemption of Jesus.
For any treasure to be of value it has to be protected;
-Several PRECAUTIONS have to be taken to insure the safety of such a priceless item.
-All treasures have to be Protected.
If the item is priceless-it has to have Protection from anyone who would attempt to steal it. This is exactly what God did for His Peculiar Treasure-
He Protected it.
-He brought it out of Egypt; He gave it Protection from the Egyptians; He gave it Protection from the heat of the day, and from the cool of the evening. He also Protected if from dying of hunger by giving it food; He Protected it from dying of thirst by giving it water; He Protected it from annihilation by defeating the Amalekites, and now He is Protecting it for Himself from all those who would snatch it from His hand.
– He still Protects His Church by keeping us safe in the hallow of His hand.
We are His Peculiar treasure and He goes all out to protect His treasure.
-To keep it presentable, a treasure has to be Polished.
If the item does not need to be Polished, it still needs to be cleaned and made presentable for its continued values’ sake.
-God had a way of “polishing” His Peculiar Treasure with the nation of Israel. He still does have ways of “Polishing” His Peculiar Treasure-those whom He calls His “Peculiar Treasure.” Sometimes He Polishes us by trials, griefs, and troubles. Other times He Polishes us by blessings-undeserved blessings.
-For the sake of the treasure-it has to have regular “maintenance” to keep its value. Sometimes the method God uses can be harsh, but He needs to rub and to cleanse away the dirt of the world, and make us a fit vessel for His House.
Another valuable part of the Precaution of a valued treasure is that it has to be Presentable for certain situations.
What good is a treasure if it is always hidden? No, the owner must keep the treasure in “tip-top” shape so that he can bring it out for display to the world.
Such was the case here. Israel was God’s Peculiar Treasure and He was Polishing it because He wanted it to look nice for its Presentation in the Promised Land. God still does the same with his Church. He Protects it, He Polishes it and He is getting ready to Present it to the world always as His Peculiar Treasure.]
All treasures have a certain Place for their abode.
Some may be on the mantle in a house. Some may be in a vault of a bank. Other places might be of hanging on a wall or being worn on the body, but all treasures-have their particular Place.
Where is your place??? (on the block? In the music industry? Health field?
-Usually, the Place for most treasures is marked by the Proximity to it’s owner.
-One does not usually have a treasure and then have it placed in some faraway place where no one knows to whom it belongs, or its importance to the owner.
-Usually, the Place of the treasure is noted because it is near the owner. Such is the case with YOU!!.
God keeps His treasure, His Peculiar Treasure, near Him.
* By being near unto Him, He could hear His people when they called to Him. Now, we the Church can be near to Him, we can hear Him when He speaks to His Peculiar Treasure-the Church, and we can hear Him when He calls us. We are His treasure due to the fact that our Place is marked by Our Proximity to Him.
Next, the place of a treasure is noted by its ability to generate Prosperity for its owner. A treasure of value earns it place in the owner’s wallet because as the years come and go, it generally increases in value, and thus helping to make its owner more prosperous.
Now, we the Church have a golden opportunity to increase in value for Him by being the best we can!!! Always increasing our value as a good treasure.
Where ever we are, we are still God’s Peculiar Treasure and we are to increase in value for Him as we grow in grace and Godliness.
Our Place, Our Proximity to Him must be noted by our ability to increase the value of His Peculiar Treasure.