As I posted my scripture of the day (Titus 2: 11-14) on Monday, I got the phrase “peculiar people”stuck in my head. I thought about the word peculiar for awhile, and decided to look into what it means in the context of the scripture. My first thought was that peculiar meant odd or different, in regards to how the rest of the world percieves God’s people. What I found is much more significant and encouraging.
According to Strong’s Concordance peculiar in the Greek is periousios: of one’s own possession. It is further defined as costly, treasured, select, and specially chosen. In addition, the Hebrew translation is segullah: possession, property.
The word peculiar in the scriptures means so much more than our modern day definiton and usage of the word. God paints the picture throughout His holy Word that we are His costly and treasured possession, His Property, and His select and specially chosen people.
Below are all the occurrences of the word peculiar in the King James bible. If you are saved by the blood of the Lamb, may you be encouraged by God’s Word and inspiried to be perceived as peculiar by the world because you are a peculiar people in the Father’s eyes.
Exodus 19: 5
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:
For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.
And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments;
Psalm 135: 4
For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.
Ecclesiastes 2: 8
I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.
Titus 2: 14
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
1 Peter 2: 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: