I love the book of Deuteronomy. I can see, in my mind, Moses out on the plains of Moab giving his farewell address to the people of God. He’s not going in with them, he’ll die before they get there, but he’s focused on preparing them with everything they need to move into their new homeland and never forget who they are. Moses is like a father on his deathbed sharing the most important lessons of life with his kids. What does he tell them? Well, he had much to share (Deuteronomy is 34 chapters long!), but our memory verse for the week is vitally important information that they must never forget. “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.” (Deuteronomy 7:6 NIV) The essential truth of the statement is not the importance of the people, but the importance of God’s choice of His people. They are a “holy” people to the Lord. The Hebrew word which is translated, “holy,” is the word, “???????” (qadowsh), and it means, “holy, sacred,” or “set apart.” God set apart those former slaves and made them a people of purpose.
In the New Testament, Peter says that you and I, the followers of Jesus are people who have been “set apart” as well. He writes,
9 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 NIV)
Oh my friend, you and I are not left to figure out our purpose in life. God has chosen us, He has made us His own, and He has set us apart as His holy people called to let His light shine in this dark and broken world. What a blessing! What a calling! What a mighty God we serve!