For you are a holy people to the LORD your God,
and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for His own possession
out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.
Israel was a chosen people and as such they were set apart to God. They were to be holy which would be seen in practices that were different than the nations around them.
Sounds like the instructions for believers today.
But you are A CHOSEN RACE,
A royal PRIESTHOOD,
A HOLY NATION,
A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION,
so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him
who has called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light;
for you once were NOT A PEOPLE,
but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD;
you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY,
but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers
to abstain from fleshly lusts
which wage war against the soul.
1 Peter 2:9-11
Believers today are chosen, are priests, are holy, and belong to God.
Israel and the church. Two different people. Two similar truths!
How should I behave today?
Proclaim His excellencies. (He called me into light!)
Abstain from fleshly lusts. (They war against my soul!)
Pretty clear instructions!
Something to do.
Something to be.
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!