Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. (Exodus 19:5-6)
We have been discussing the idea that God’s people are regarded as His jewels — those who are set apart from the nations in order to be a “holy nation.” However, it is important to realize that He put a condition on their selection. He said, “IF you obey my Voice and keep My covenant THEN” you will be all these things. My point is this: the treasured status bestowed upon God’s people is not because of who they were, necessarily, but because of what they were supposed to do. In other words, it’s not so much that they were special as much as it was they were to do something special. Moses put it this way:
“For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession (s’gulah), out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples.” (Deuteronomy 7:6-7)
Again, God’s people are chosen because they are great but because they are to do something great. The instrument’s value is not determined exclusively by its existence but by virtue of its purpose. Think of it this way: God’s people are regarded as diamonds and sapphires among the granite and sandstone that represents the nations. However, a slab of granite that serves its purpose is more valuable than a diamond that doesn’t serve it’s purpose. Salt that isn’t salty isn’t good for anything.
God’s people are not called to privilege but to service. We have not been called because we are great but in order to do great things. As His people, we are to be a light to the nations. We are to be a source of blessing to all the nations of the earth. For this to be so, we must heed His instruction to obey His voice and keep His covenant. Then we shall be regarded as a “kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”
Blessings and Shalom,