15th June 2018

The Favored Ones 

“Gather to me my favored ones who make a covenant with me by sacrifice.
Psalm 50:5 (EHV)

I love the Evangelical Heritage Version of Psalm 50:5. It brings out the flavour of the original more than some of the other translations that use “saints” or phrases like “holy ones” instead of “favoured ones”. In the original Hebrew the word used is linked to the idea of committed, unflinching, unfailing love: in other words, those who have receive such gracious love…the “favored ones”. It’s a reference to us, to those who are covered by the Christ’s covenantal sacrifice.

In the Old Testament the concept of sacrifice might have been applied to sin offerings that were made after the event of sin, but we know from the New Testament that such sacrifices did not remove sin and its consequences because “the fact is that the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sins” (Hebrews 10:4).

It is when we look to what Jesus has done for us that this verse takes on a new light. It is the shedding of the blood of Jesus that established the new covenant for us (see Hebrews 13:20-21), and it is because of his sacrifice of grace that we can be called the “favored ones”, who are gathered into God’s eternal safety and peace.

Thank you, Father, for the sacrifice of Jesus, and for how we have been called by grace into that new and everlasting covenant. In Jesus
’ name.

Study by James Henderson


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James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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