“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
“In ch. 6 of Exodus it says, ‘Therefore, say to the Israelites: “I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.”’ …That word ‘to take’ is also language of when someone marries his wife, ‘He takes his bride.’ [Like in traditional wedding vows], ‘Do you, Timothy, take Brenda to be your lawfully wedded wife?’; ‘Do you, Brenda, take Tim… ?’
You see this imagery, where God says, ‘I’m going to pluck you out, snatch you out.’ And this isn’t just, ‘I’m going to set you free.’ But, ‘I’m taking you out of there and putting you in here!’ ‘I’m taking you into something that is so intimate and so real, something that you have never experienced as a people of God under Egypt.’ ‘I, the holy God, who can wipe out nations, wipe out Egypt, I choose you. My treasured possession, I take you out because I love you, I’m passionate for you.’ And out of that reality we become… a royal priesthood and a holy nation. An unholy people in an instant become what? A holy nation. Not because of what they’ve done, but because of God’s grace… taking them out, bringing them into this moment, and saying, ‘Now, this is who you are. Because I am holy, you are holy. You are no longer just a nation among nations. You are a holy nation… and to add to it, you are a royal priesthood!’” [from P. Tim’s message at AMC on 1/27/2018]
Let’s pray: Lord, we are amazed at Your love for your people, Your covenant faithfulness throughout generations. As Your people, may we live out our covenant faithfulness to You. May our love for You be fervent and passionate!