Peculiar People

 
 

We are a peculiar people!

 

We say this but we really don’t fully understand what is really being said. We think of peculiar as something a little strange. Well, maybe we are, but the point is this means much more than we typically think it does.

 

Websters dictionary defines peculiar as;

 

 

PECU'LIAR, a. [L. peculiaris, from peculium, one's own property, from pecus, cattle.]

 

 

1. Appropriate; belonging to a person and to him only. Almost every writer has a peculiar style. Most men have manners peculiar to themselves.

 

2. Singular; particular. The man has something peculiar in his deportment.

 

3. Particular; special.

 

4. Belonging to a nation,system or other thing, and not to others.

 

 

PECU'LIAR, n. Exclusive property; that which belongs to a person in exclusion of others.

 

 

The word peculiar reveals one more aspect of being set apart to the Father. Peter (Kefa in Hebrew) tells us we are peculiar and that will affect how we conduct our lives.

 

 

1 Peter 2:1-12 CJB

 

(1)  Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, of all deceit, hypocrisy and envy, and of all the ways there are of speaking against people;

 

(2)  and be like newborn babies, thirsty for the pure milk of the Word; so that by it, you may grow up into deliverance.

 

(3)  For you have tasted that Adonai is good.

 

(4)  As you come to him, the living stone, rejected by people but chosen by God and precious to him,

 

(5)  you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be cohanim set apart for God to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to him through Yeshua the Messiah.

 

(6)  This is why the Tanakh says, "Look! I am laying in Tziyon a stone, a chosen and precious cornerstone; and whoever rests his trust on it will certainly not be humiliated."

 

(7)  Now to you who keep trusting, he is precious.

 

·       But to those who are not trusting, "The very stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone";

 

(8)  also he is a stone that will make people stumble, a rock over which they will trip. They are stumbling at the Word, disobeying it -- as had been planned.

 

(9)  But you are a chosen people, the King's cohanim (priesthood), a holy nation, a people for God to possess! Why? In order for you to declare the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

 

(10)  Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; before, you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

 

(11)  Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and temporary residents not to give in to the desires of your old nature, which keep warring against you;

 

(12)  but to live such good lives among the pagans that even though they now speak against you as evil-doers, they will, as a result of seeing your good actions, give glory to God on the Day of his coming. (emphasis added)

 

 

Peter says that Yeshua is the living stone and we are living stones! Everything that the Father gave Him, He gave to us! Everything that He did while he walked the earth, He did because it was the heart of the Father being given to the people through Him.

 

If we are living stones we are to be used to build a living structure. In scripture, when stones were used to build Holy Structures (like an altar) it had to use stones that were untouched by instruments of steel. The people could not carve out stones to use. They had to use stones that the Father had cut, formed and fashioned.

 

The idea is that when we build something to glorify the Father and it is dedicated as Holy, it is according to His desires and specifications. We cannot approach the Father by our ideas and our ways. If we are to build a Holy structure for the Father, we must use Holy stones.

 

This was not a new idea, Peter was quoting what Moses wrote in Exodus.

 

 

 

Exodus 19:1-8 CJB

 

(1)  In the third month after the people of Isra'el had left the land of Egypt, the same day they came to the Sinai Desert.

 

(2)  After setting out from Refidim and arriving at the Sinai Desert, they set up camp in the desert; there in front of the mountain, Isra'el set up camp.

 

(3)  Moshe went up to God, and Adonai called to him from the mountain: "Here is what you are to say to the household of Ya`akov, to tell the people of Isra'el:

 

(4)  'You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself.

 

(5)  Now if you will pay careful attention

 

·       to what I say

 

·       and keep my covenant,

 

·       then you will be my own treasure from among all the peoples, for all the earth is mine;

 

(6)  and you will be a kingdom of cohanim for me, a nation set apart.' These are the words you are to speak to the people of Isra'el."

 

(7)  Moshe came, summoned the leaders of the people and presented them with all these words which Adonai had ordered him to say.

 

(8)  All the people answered as one, "Everything Adonai has said, we will do." Moshe reported the words of the people to Adonai.

 

 

Moses came to the people and presented them with what the Father wanted for them. He said that if we will pay close attention to what He says, THEN we will be a special treasure and the Kingdom of Priests. The people responded with we will do everything that YHWH said!

 

The people accepted what they were about to be given. They received the Word before it was even given to them. Do we accept the word the same way? Do we receive the word for all it is before we even have the chance to come up any preconceived ideas about it? Later Moses testifies that the people did accept and the Father did call them His treasure.

 

 

Deuteronomy 14:2 KJV

 

For thou [art] an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that [are] upon the earth.

 

 

Deuteronomy 26:16-19 KJV

 

(16)  This day the LORD thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

 

(17)  Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice:

 

(18)  And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that [thou] shouldest keep all his commandments;

 

(19)  And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy God, as he hath spoken.

 

 

The Strong’s concordance defines the word peculiar as follows:

 

 

Peculiar – Greek-   G4047  περιποίησις    peripoiēsis / per-ee-poy'-ay-sis

From G4046; acquisition (the act or the thing); preservation: - obtain (-ing),peculiar, purchased,possession, saving.

Peculiar - Hebrew -H5459   סגלּה    segûllâh / seg-ool-law‘

to shut up; wealth (as closely shut up):  jewel, peculiar (treasure), proper good, special.

Yeshua calls His people a special treasure.

 

 

Matthew 13:43-46 CJB

 

(43)  Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let him hear!

 

(44)  "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field.

 

·       A man found it,

 

·       hid it again,

 

·       then in great joy went and sold everything he owned,

 

·       and bought that field.

 

(45)  "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for fine pearls.

 

(46)  On finding one very valuable pearl he went away, sold everything he owned and bought it.

 

 

The treasure was out in the field (wilderness) and was found by the Father (brought to Him). Much later the people were dispersed through exile and were hidden again. They are coming to the Father again and are being revealed. In joy, in order to purchase the special treasure (you) He gave what was precious to Him and was His everything. His Son! He gave what was precious in order to redeem you and bring you to Him!

 

 

Proverbs 20:15 CJB

 

  A person may have gold and a wealth of pearls, but lips informed by knowledge are a precious jewel.

 

 

Remember knowledge in scripture doesn’t just mean a “head knowledge” it means an experiential knowledge of Him! To experience Him involves Him giving us His word and Spirit. The result is we will gain wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

 

 

Proverbs 3:18-23 NLT

 

(18)  Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.

 

(19)  By wisdom the LORD founded the earth; by understanding He created the heavens.

 

(20)  By His knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth, and the dew settles beneath the night sky.

 

(21)  My child, don't lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them,

 

(22)  for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace.

 

(23)  They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble.

 

 

Isaiah 49:16-18 NLT

 

(16)  See, I have written your name on the palms of My hands. Always in My mind is a picture of Jerusalem's walls in ruins.

 

(17)  Soon your descendants will come back, and all who are trying to destroy you will go away.

 

(18)  Look around you and see, for all your children will come back to you. As surely as I live," says the LORD, "they will be like jewels or bridal ornaments for you to display. (this is for you)

 

 

The Father will draw you to Him, redeem you, call you His own special treasure and polish you up!

 

 

Zechariah 3:1-10 CJB

 

(1)  He showed me Y'hoshua the cohen hagadol (high priest) standing before the angel of Adonai, with the Accuser [Hebrew: Satan] standing at his right to accuse him.

 

(2)  Adonai said to the Accuser, "May Adonai rebuke you, Accuser! Indeed, may Adonai, who has made Yerushalayim his choice, rebuke you! Isn't this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?"

 

(3)  Y'hoshua was clothed in garments covered with dung; and he was standing before the angel,

 

(4)  who said to those standing in front of him, "Take those filthy garments off of him." Then to him he said, "See, I am taking your guilt away. I will clothe you in fine robes."

 

(5)  I said, "They should put a clean turban on his head." So they put a clean turban on his head and gave him fine robes to wear, while the angel of Adonai stood by.

 

(6)  Then the angel of Adonai gave Y'hoshua this warning:

 

(7)  "Adonai-Tzva'ot says this: 'If you will walk in my ways, obey my commission, judge my house and guard my courtyards; then I will give you free access among these who are standing here.

 

(8)  Listen, cohen gadol Y'hoshua, both you and your colleagues seated here before you, because these men are a sign that I am going to bring my servant Tzemach [Sprout].

 

(9)  For look at the stone I have put in front of Y'hoshua:

 

·       on one stone are seven eyes;

 

·       I will engrave what is to be written on it,' says Adonai-Tzva'ot; 'and I will remove the guilt of this land in one day.

 

(10)  When that time comes,' says Adonai-Tzva'ot, 'you will all invite each other to join you under your vines and fig trees.' "

 

 

When the children of Israel crossed over Jordan, they were to take twelve stones, one for each tribe, and plaster them and write on them. I believe this also relates to Ezekiel 11 and 36 as well as Jeremiah 31 by saying that the Word of YHWH will be written (engraved) on you!

 

After the stones were plastered they were engraved. Do you know what they were engraved with? The word of YHWH! Now, if you are to be the living stones, and the heart of stone you once had was replaced with the Father’s heart, and He engraved His word into you by His Spirit, let us stand as well as a living monument! To build a living structure, to testify of YHWH and His Glory being revealed through our lives!

 

I also believe that the seven eyes spoken of above, could also be translated as seven facets. It reminds of the seven spirits that will be on the Messiah!

 

Isaiah 11:1-2

 

·       (1)  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

 

·       (2)  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him,

 

·       the spirit of wisdom

 

·        and understanding,

 

·        the spirit of counsel

 

·       and might,

 

·       the spirit of knowledge

 

·       and of the fear of the LORD;

 

 

As a special treasure you will receive a special inheritance.

 

Ephesians 1:10-14 CJB

 

(10)  and will put into effect when the time is ripe -- his plan to place everything in heaven and on earth under the Messiah's headship.

 

(11)  Also in union with him we were given an inheritance, we who were picked in advance according to the purpose of the One who effects everything in keeping with the decision of his will,

 

(12)  so that we who earlier had put our hope in the Messiah would bring him praise commensurate with his glory.

 

(13)  Furthermore, you who heard the message of the truth, the Good News offering you deliverance, and put your trust in the Messiah were sealed by him with the promised Ruach HaKodesh,

 

(14)  who guarantees our inheritance until we come into possession of it and thus bring him praise commensurate with his glory.

 

 

Remember, being that special treasure comes by coming the Father and being obedient to His word.

 

Malachi 3:16-18 CJB

 

(16)  Then those who feared Adonai spoke together; and Adonai listened and heard. A record book was written in his presence for those who feared Adonai and had respect for his name.

 

(17)  "They will be mine," says Adonai-Tzva'ot, "on the day when I compose my own special treasure. I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.

 

(18)  Then once again you will see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between the person who serves God and one that doesn't serve him.

 

 

Lastly remember, You have been redeemed! You do not belong to you! You belong to the one who redeemed you! He will always be with you and will guard and protect you!

 

 

Isaiah 43:1-5 CJB

 

(1)  But now this is what Adonai says,

 

·       he who created you,Ya`akov,

 

·       he who formed you, Isra'el:

 

·       "Don't be afraid,

 

·       for I have redeemed you;

 

·       I am calling you by your name;

 

·       you are mine.

 

(2)  When you pass through water,

 

·       I will be with you;

 

·       when you pass through rivers,

 

·       they will not overwhelm you;

 

·       when you walk through fire,

 

·       you will not be scorched -- the flame will not burn you.

 

(3)  For I am Adonai, your God,

 

the Holy One of Isra'el,

 

your Savior -- I have given Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and S'va for you.

 

(4)  Because I regard you as

 

·       valued

 

·       and honored,

 

·       and because I love you.

 

·       For you I will give people, nations in exchange for your life.

 

(5)  Don't be afraid, for I am with you.

 

I will bring your descendants from the east,

 

and I will gather you from the west;

 

 

Until next time,

 

Shalom,

 

David