"And Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: 4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”
God values His own glory above all else. What He is doing in creating and redeeming us in Christ is showing His power, His justice, His mercy. Most of all He is showing what a treasure He has given us in His Son. He seeks to glorify His Son, and we are to value Him above all else. But in these verses from Exodus we discover that God also treasures His people. He makes them His special treasure. Part of glorifying Himself is redeeming rebels and then reveling in relationship with them. His grace astounds, and it is meant to. Enjoy the treasure of Christ now.