I am familiar with Scripture that tells us we are a peculiar people.
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; source
Peculiar in Scriptures’ original languages does not mean what it has come to mean in our recent culture. Interestingly and not surprisingly Webster’s Dictionary of 1828 had a good handle on that definition.
Here let me share with you from my readings today:
The word “peculiar” here is used in a way not often seen today. The Greek word means literally “to make around,” that is, to make something and then to surround it with a circle, thus indicating ownership. The same verb is used in the Septuagint translation of Isaiah 43:21 which reads, “This people have I formed for myself.” The word “peculiar” today usually means “odd, strange.” But it is not so used here. The Greek word speaks of the unique, private, personal ownership of the saints by God. Each saint is God’s unique possession just as if that saint were the only human being in existence. Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: for the English reader (1 Pe 2:9). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
See what I mean? Look at that: unique, private, personal . . . Each saint is God’s unique possession just as if that saint were the only human being in existence.
Oh! if that makes me odd and strange by today’s definition, I’ll take it! It is my quest to more and more resemble that ‘remark’! 🙂
Until then + + + Kathie
The Blood of Jesus is Enough
NO SIN GOES UNPUNISHED.
EITHER WE BEAR IT OR JESUS DOES FOR US; AND WE GET TO CHOOSE WHO DOES THE BEARING.
Kathie Whitestone Thompson
Follower of Christ. Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother. Some call me a teacher. Some say I'm a prayer warrior. A few accredit me with some writing skills. Me? I say I'm a work in slow progress, looking for perfection in eternity and until then having all the holy fun I know how.