For you are a holy people to Jehovah your God, and Jehovah has chosen you to be a peculiar people to Himself, above all the nations that are on the earth. (Deuteronomy 14:2 MKJV)
I like to do word studies in the Bible. I came across a word that I found interesting, so I decided to look into it deeper. The word is peculiar. It is used in the King James Bible seven times. What comes to your mind when you think of the word peculiar? Do you think of someone that is weird? Do you think of someone that has odd habits? Someone that is somewhat eccentric?
Words often change or acquire new meanings over time. The meaning we apply to a word today may not be the same meaning that it had several hundred years ago. According to the dictionary, peculiar, can be a noun or an adjective. As an adjective the dictionary says peculiar means odd, curious, eccentric, special, strange or particular. It is someone that possesses a certain characteristic that is unique to them.
I also looked the word up in a Bible dictionary. The Bible dictionary said peculiar means “Exclusive property; that which belongs to a person in exclusion of others.” The Bible also uses the words “chosen” and “elect” to mean the same thing as peculiar.
Deuteronomy 14:2 says we are set apart by God. We are of God – not of the world. We are God’s peculiar treasure. We are His peculiar children. We enjoy peculiar blessings and privileges. We behave in a peculiar manner that is different from all other people. We are chosen to be God’s treasure. We are special to Him. We belong exclusively to God. We are purchased by the blood of Jesus.
Do you feel peculiar today? You are God’s chosen treasure!