“Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” (Exodus 19:5-6)
In a powerful string of phrases, Israel is described as a treasured possession” a “kingdom of priests” and a “holy nation.” There’s that “If” word, of course, the condition of keeping covenant, but the graciousness of God’s choice is rich indeed.
There is a temptation, however, to make a serious blunder in understanding this passage. It happens when the middle phrase – “Although the whole earth is mine” – is not given its due weight.
Once you let the accent fall on that phrase, the gift and grace of being “a treasured possession” and a “holy nation” is not lost in exclusivity and cosy privilege , but given up in service and loving responsibility. That is, says God: “You are to be a priest-people for the sake of a whole world of people (who are Mine).”
And if we are part of the body of Christ, (the “great High Priest”) then we share His calling. We are called to serve, we are anointed to bring” good news to the poor.”
But a few first thoughts from this verse:
What is your treasure? Do we treasure God as he treasures us?
Are you a priest? A priest is a mediator who brings God to people, and who brings people to God.
And third: Are you living a holy life? Is the love, joy and peace of grace the language of your heart? Does grace create and cause a continuous revival in your soul?