The Finale Pt.1

One of my favorite passages of scripture is found in 1 Peter 2:9-10 and I remember in college, my dorm pastor had all of the resident assistants memorize this verse, and the way I memorize verses is by writing them over and over again. As I was writing this verse out multiple times, I began thinking about the implications of this verse and how awesome that it really is. It says,

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

The implications of this are pretty significant. Tonight I want us to meditate on the first line in verse 10, “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God.”

The reality is that people are wired to live in community. Even those of us who are introverts need people in our lives. We found out how important people are during the lockdown in 2020, at first it might not have been so bad right, having a break from the stress, but as time went on, that isolation got old quick. Experts warned of the toll on our populations mental health and we probably all felt that to some degree. Let’s dig a little deeper into the text here:

This reminder that Peter gives his readers, that they once were not a people at all, this is true! Peter is writing to a Jewish population, and if we remember Jewish history we see that everything started with Abraham and the covenant that God made with Abraham, Genesis 12:1-3:

The Lord had said to Abram,

“Go from your country,

your people and your father’s

household to the land I will show you.

2 “I will make you into a great nation,

and I will bless you;

I will make your name great,

and you will be a blessing. i

3 I will bless those who bless you,

and whoever curses you I will curse;

and all peoples on earth

will be blessed through you.

In a nutshell, Abraham did this, He and his wife had children, those children had children, and four generations after Abraham we come to Joseph, who is sold by his brothers to Egypt where one thing leads to another, God’s hand is involved and Joseph becomes 2nd in command over the entire nation of Egypt!