Wednesday, July 1, 2020

A Peculiar People



Today's Scripture: 1 Peter 2

Today's Bible Verse: 1 Peter 2:9 King James Version (KJV)
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a 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;

What does the phrase, a peculiar people mean? Does it mean that Christians are strange or weird? I heard someone ask this question, and I decided to do some research on the matter. This is a simplified explanation of what I found:

If you look up the word peculiar in the dictionary, these are some of the meanings: Strange, odd, queer, uncommon, unusual distinctive in nature or character from others. This is an older meaning of the word: belonging exclusively to some person, group, or thing.

The passage using the word peculiar can be found in the King James Version, New American Standard and New International translations. Peculiar was commonly used, long ago, to describe people belonging to something or someone, such as subjects to a King. In other translations of the Bible, it is translated as a people belonging to God. The older meaning of the word is still in the dictionary but is rarely ever used in that manner.

We are a people possessed by God, and as such, we are expected to grow and mature in our faith. It is our responsibility to tell others about Jesus, and guide them toward the faith. We no longer belong to anyone or anything but God. Whether Jew or Gentile, black or white, yellow or red, Christians, are chosen, called and faithful servants of God.

After my research on this phrase, I came to this conclusion, if belonging to God makes me peculiar by any definition, then I am delighted to be peculiar. Another conclusion was that God loves all people whether we be black, white, yellow or red.

PRAYER: Lord, we thank you for loving all of us. We ask that we may be more tolerant and loving toward each other in speech and action. In our Savior and your Son’s name, amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Matthew 7:12. So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.



9 comments:

  1. Me too Nellie! Delighted to be peculiar. May this distinction keep us fervent to share Christ despite any opposition.

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  2. Thank you, Valerie. Isn’t it comforting to know that God loves us all.?

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  3. When it comes to loving the Lord, I'll be proud to be called peculiar any day of the week, Nells! And to God, we know that ALL lives matter, not just some. May the love we display to others send that positive message.
    Blessings!

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  4. Thanks, Martha. I pray that I daily pour out the Love I feel from our Lord. We need to give all the love we have away. Maybe we will be able to heal our current situation. May God bless you.

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  5. That is a sweet thing to say, Mary. Thank you. I love you. ❤️❤️

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    1. Thank you so much, Victor, and wishing you and yours a lovely Fourth of July as well. Blessings

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