“For you are a people sacred to the Lord, your God; he has chosen you from all the nations on the face of the earth to be a people peculiarly his own” (Deuteronomy 7:6). The Lord chose the Israelites long before they were slaves in Egypt. The covenant that God made with His people goes back to the time of Abraham, the father of their nation. Time after time, the Hebrews are shown by their God how special they truly are. The angel of death spares their first-born children on the night of the Passover. The Egyptian people gave them much bounty as they left Egypt, and then the people watched as the angel of the Lord fought for them as Pharaoh’s chariots and army went into confusion as the Red Sea swallowed them up. The Hebrews had just walked through this might sea, and had seen walls of water on each side, and now this sea had become a watery tomb for the mighty army of Pharaoh.
These special people lived different than those around them. They were not a large group, but small in the eyes of the world. Yet, they were blessed by their God. Who provided and cared for them. I too am a peculiar person. The Lord has blessed me with His gifts. It is not because I am strong and mighty that I am special. No, it is because, I like everyone else in the world, am a child of God.