Verse 18 of chapter 26 of our reading has a word in Hebrew that describes God’s people as “special” to Him: segullah. Used only eight times in the Old Testament, the underlying meaning of this word is “treasure.” God’s people are God’s prized possessions. The final reference in Malachi 3:17 refers to God’s people as his “jewels.”
In Matthew 6:10–22 Jesus urges us not to lay up treasures on earth, but in heaven. “Where you treasure is, there your heart will be also.” You are God’s treasure, held in God’s heart. The heart of Jesus opened on the cross for you, remains open right now to love you. Jesus has already laid you up as a treasure in heaven.
Paul expresses it this way in Colossians 3:1–4, where we are encouraged to “seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
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The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship
throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy
that are read each year beginning with autumn.
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