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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

So, which one is it that’s special, and what makes it so special? Actually, we have two species that live in the salt water of Washington State, the Foolish Mussel (Mytilus trossulus) and the California Mussel (Mytilus californianus). Maybe you’ve felt like one of these mussels, but crowded together into a mass of humanity instead of upon a seawall. And just a clue – it’s not the color that separates them.

So what makes one so special–people that is, not mussels? Deuteronomy 7:6 tells us: “For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.” (KJV) Notice that it is because God Himself has chosen them, not because of their own personal attributes that sets them apart. However, there is a part we play according to Exodus 19, which entitles us to this privilege, and that is to “listen obediently to what I say and keep my covenant.” (verse 5) To stretch the mussel analogy, that would apparently eliminate the “Foolish Mussel”. While this promise initially was directed to the Children of Israel, the good news is that we have now all been chosen. (John 15:16,19)