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God's Special People (7 of 13)
Deuteronomy 14:1-16, 17
Those of you who have been following our study in the book of Deuteronomy know that what we have here is a series of sermons delivered by Moses. They are farewell in nature.
Moses will not be going into the Promised Land. Joshua will be the chosen leader to lead the people of God into the Promised Land. But Moses is trying to get the people ready to go into the Promised Land and so he does so with a series of farewell sermons.
As he gives these farewell sermons, he impresses upon them the importance of knowing who the Lord is and knowing who they are. He underscores the truth that they are indeed the people of God.
We know that the children of Israel, indeed, were the people of God. They were God's special people. We find this in particular here in these opening verses of chapter 14. He says for instance in verse 2, "For thou art an holy people." Then he says again in that verse, "The Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself." The word peculiar means special or set apart.
He says that they are a peculiar people. He not only says that about the children of Israel in the Old Testament, but in the New Testament in the book of I Peter, chapter 2, verse 9, God says about believers today, "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."
A peculiar people. You say, "Yea, I thought so, Preacher. I know several of those who are peculiar."
He doesn't mean peculiar in the sense of being odd, but he mean peculiar in the sense of being special, being a precious treasure unto the Lord.
You are special to the Lord. If you have received the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, if you are a member of the family of God, you are special. You are a chosen people. God has chosen ...
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