Mar 16 (Daily reading: Deuteronomy 14-16, NKJV) “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth” (14:2). We have talked about the Hebrew word “segullah” that only appears in the Old Testament eight times. Moses used the word four of those times to describe God’s people as His treasured possession. This also describes us because of our relationship to Christ: “You are a chosen people…God’s special possession (1 Pet. 2:9, NIV).
The Hebrews were a distinct people in the food they ate, the tithes they paid, in the cancelation of debt and the release of bondservants every seventh year, and in their generosity to the poor. “For this thing the LORD your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand” (15:10). They were asked to celebrate the religious festivals so that they would never forget who they were. There is an interesting phrase concerning three of these festivals. The men were told to appear before the Lord, “and they shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed” (16:16). We are reminded again how we are to give of ourselves and of our possessions because we are a special people who by God’s grace belong to Him! “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you” (16:17).
Lord, lead us to count our blessings every day and to offer ourselves to You accordingly!
– Al Gary