Day 02: Deuteronomy 7:6-11
For you are a people holy to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on earth to be his people, his treasured possession.
It was not because you were more numerous than any other people that the Lord set his heart on you and chose you—for you were the fewest of all peoples. It was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath that he swore to your ancestors, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who maintains covenant loyalty with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, and who repays in their own person those who reject him. He does not delay but repays in their own person those who reject him. Therefore, observe diligently the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that I am commanding you today.
Deuteronomy 7:6-11 (NRSV)
We are in the midst of updating our children’s ministry here at Lima Community Church, and the elementary ministry name has recently changed to Downtown Elementary. But before that, many of you will remember, the elementary ministry was called Segullah. We often had people ask what this word meant. Well, the word Segullah is Hebrew, and it is found at the beginning of this passage. It means “Special Treasure” or, as it is translated here, “Treasured Possession.”
In the Old Testament, including in this passage, the people of Israel are often referred to as holy, chosen, set apart people. The people of Israel are constantly reminded that God loves them, believes in them, and will keep all His promises to them. The good news for us is that today’s Church is the current-day “people of Israel,” meaning that God has chosen the Church as His means for accomplishing His purposes in the world--He has set us apart. And as His chosen people for today, we, the Church, are God’s treasured possession!
Brad Taylor, Executive Pastor