What is the peculiar treasure of Yahuwah? Let’s find out!
Have you seen a father or a mother introduce their children? Have you noticed how parents can be very happy and proud to introduce their children? Parents seem to become very possessive when talking about their children. They could care less if their children are a little ragged or disheveled. They declare with pride, “These are mine!”
Our Heavenly Father is the same.
These Are Mine!
“Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.” (Malachi 3:16-17)
As this passage teaches us, Yahuwah [the LORD], our Heavenly Father, can be very possessive of His children. Here we see Father declaring, “These are mine!” Father is telling us that His children are as His jewels — His peculiar and special jewels! His children are His treasured possession!
One thing Yahuwah’s children do is speak often of Him, as they walk in the Fear of Yahuwah. This must make Father very happy for He says, “They shall be Mine!” What a doting Daddy He is! He even has a book of remembrance written for them!
But let’s consider that word ‘jewels.’ I’m attracted to that word jewels because jewels can be so lovely and dazzling. That is the word used to describe Yahuwah’s children!
The word jewels is also the Hebrew word for ‘peculiar.’ As we shall see, Yahuwah considers His children to be His jewels, His peculiar people.
Are You Peculiar?
Do you think you are peculiar? If you are one of Yahuwah’s children, then you ought to be peculiar! Why? Because you are different from the world’s idea of popular and accepted. That is a characteristic of those who have been ‘chosen out of the world.’
Being peculiar in the modern sense of the word is often something we would like to avoid. Being peculiar carries the thought that we stand out and are easily noticed. Does it bother you to be peculiar? I’ll admit, I’m not very comfortable with it. But why is that?
Often our uneasiness with being peculiar is based on our desire to ‘fit in with the crowd.’ But that sort of thinking is against Father’s plan for His children. His plan is for us to be transformed, not conformed:
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)
As these verses teach us, true followers of Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] are to present their bodies to Yahuwah as a ‘living sacrifice.’ This is our first step to not being conformed to this world, and thus begin being transformed! This is a special part of being chosen out of the world.
A Chosen Generation
As disciples of Yahushua, though we are here in this world, we are not of the world, because we are chosen out — “I have chosen you out of the world” (John 15:19). We have been selected, separated-out, and raised up to sit together in heavenly places with Messiah Yahushua (Ephesians 2:6).
If you are a disciple of Yahushua Messiah, then you are set-apart to be a part of the chosen generation, the royal priesthood, the holy nation! And – YOU are one of Father’s peculiar people (1Peter 2:9).
As ‘peculiar’ ones, Father has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Messiah (Ephesians 1:2)! By His divine power, He has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness (2Peter 1:3)! This is glorious, awesome, amazing love Father has for His children!!!
As a peculiar people, we ARE to be different from this world and its expectations of fashion, approval, and appeal. We are selected and set-apart. This automatically makes us peculiar.
The modern definition for peculiar includes:
- Markedly different from the usual.
- Deviating from the usual.
Similar words are:
- Distinctive, specific, strange, unusual, odd, particular, singular or special.
The Greek word ‘peculiar’ is also translated ‘a purchased possession.’
The Hebrew word ‘peculiar’ is also translated ‘a peculiar treasure’ and ‘a special people’ and ‘my jewels.’
The word peculiar in the Bible sense of the word simply means special — something to be treasured! And so we do not need to avoid being peculiar. Rather, we should eagerly desire to be peculiar — to be different from the world!
We are Father’s ‘purchased possession’ and He has separated us unto Himself. It is because we are His jewels, as we saw in Malachi 3:17, that Father separates us unto Himself — because we are so very valuable to Him!
As we saw in Chosen For The Master’s Use, Father has chosen us:
- to be set-apart, be separated
- to be devoted to His truth, and
- to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us into all of His truth.
There is to be a separation from the world that makes us different from the usual — makes us peculiar.
Purify Unto Himself A Peculiar People
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works (Titus 2:14).
As this verse teaches us, Yahushua redeemed us [or purchased us] from all iniquity, so that He can purify us! The purifying process is for all of Father’s children. He purifies us so that He can make us His peculiar people — make us different from the usual — make us His distinctly strange and special people.
Do we sometimes feel distinctly strange? That is a good thing. That means we are being transformed! That means we are separating ourselves from worldly conformity. That means we are in the process of being purified and we are becoming zealous for good works!
As Father’s peculiar, different-from-the-world people, we are seeking the things which are above, where Messiah is. We are setting our affection on things above, and not on things of the earth (Colossians 3:2).
“Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.” (Exodus 19:5-6)
As we can see in the above passage, the key to being a part of Father’s peculiar treasure is to be obedient to Yahuwah’s voice and to keep His Covenant. It is the obeying of Father’s voice where it all begins.
Obeying His voice is not as difficult as it may seem, because Yahuwah has spoken with His voice to each one of us, as we are reading His Words. He has told us in the Scriptures what He desires of us and therefore, all that remains is our obedience to His Written Word.
We obey His voice by being obedient to His Word, the holy Scriptures, the Bible. Obedience to Father’s Word is what makes us His chosen, special, peculiar treasure, and a part of His royal family!
As chosen ones, our desire to please Father should be growing stronger. It is when we obey Father, walking according to His Words [by His grace], and behaving with humility and respectfulness, it is then that we are often standing alone — and looking very different [peculiar] from the world’s expectations.
The prophet Daniel is a great example of one who stood alone for his faith. Daniel was a ‘peculiar treasure’ because he was faithful to obey Father’s Words. He was unusual [peculiar] to his fellow governors and officals. Daniel endured the ridicule of the world when he stood alone, and would not compromise his commitment to Yahuwah. What was the result? The king greatly preferred Daniel! And as it turned out, Daniel’s commitment to Yahuwah saved his life. (See Daniel chapter 6)
Put OFF and Put ON
Being ‘peculiar’ means we will desire to …
- put off the ‘old self’ which belongs to our former manner of life, which is corrupt through deceitful desires (Ephesians 4:22).
- put off the ‘old man’ with its deeds of anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication (Colossians 3:8,9).
Being ‘peculiar’ means we will desire to …
- put on the ‘new man’ which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24).
- put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forbearance, forgiveness (Colossians 3:12,13).
- put on agape – Father’s love – the love that comes from Yahuwah Elohim (Colossians 3:14).
When we do this putting off and this putting on, that is part of the ‘polishing’ — the purifying process — of being set-apart as a ‘jewel.’
Jewels are always set apart as special! As we grow more polished, more mature, the things of this world become more and more strange and unusual to us.
Our focus — our affections are being transformed! And, if you’re like me, I cringe, or flinch, at the things that the world clings to and highly esteems.
Now Therefore …
Yes, we are a strange and unusual people — to the world. Sometimes, we are standing alone because of our ‘peculiar’ desires to honour and obey Yahuwah. But, to our Abba Father, we are delightful and very special — set apart, peculiar, and a valuable treasure:
“Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people.” (Exodus 19:5)
Be happy about being a peculiar treasure unto Yahuwah! It means that you are precious and special to Him! You are one of His redeemed children, and He says to you: I have called you by your name; you are mine! (Isaiah 43:1b)
Let’s remember how very personal our relationship is with our Daddy — our Heavenly Father. May we seek to walk in obedience to Him, and learn how to delight Him. He surely delights in His children! (Malachai 3:17)
Let us walk in humility, obedience, and purity before Him, so that we may please Him. Thus we will truly be His own set-apart, special jewels — the peculiar treasure of Yahuwah!