“Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” — Exodus 19:5-6 (NIV)
Just as it was for Israelites, God also promised to bless his people if we keep his covenant, we will be our father’s treasured possession, our nation, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. The word “priest” means “ONE WHO DRAWS NEAR TO GOD”. ‘The Father LONGED FOR a kingdom of people that would draw near to him IN LOVE. His heart has always desired INTIMACY with his people. HIS HEART ACHES FOR THIS TO THIS DAY. ‘
I read this verse, and was touched by the love of God for me. As a father, he is so long to be closed to his children: He would love to give us a hug when we are down, and a pat on the shoulder saying well done when we are doing great. It is the intimacy relationship with us that he always desires.
He promised us love and blessings, peach and joy, kindness and goodness … when we draw near to him.