Exodus 19:4-6 KJV
Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
The account of Israel is literal and specific to Israel. But the New Testament says they are also our examples. I find in these verses a type of God's working in this church age. God is truly calling out of this world a kingdom of priests and an holy nation.
It begins miraculously as God supernaturally brings us to Himself in the new birth. It is nothing we can do for ourselves. God lifts us up as if on wings of Eagles to create in us a new nature.
His plan is that we be a peculiar people but this involves personal responsibility. We only become this peculiar treasure as we obey His voice.
Multitudes of those who were so supernaturally carried out of Egypt refused to obey the voice of God. Rather than becoming that peculiar treasure to God, they became a statistic; an unnamed skeleton buried in the wilderness. Too many Christians become that same thing today. It is not that they lose salvation (those Jews who died in the wilderness were nonetheless Jews) but that they do not become that peculiar treasure of God. They receive from God what He promises but He receives little to nothing in return.