So far I have learned that the book of Leviticus is about the holiness of YHVH; however, this week the scriptures exhorted me to be holy, like YHVH. If it’s something I can be, then I better know what it means. Read More »
So far I have learned that the book of Leviticus is about the holiness of YHVH; however, this week the scriptures exhorted me to be holy, like YHVH. If it’s something I can be, then I better know what it means. The Hebrew word translated holy is “kadosh” which means “to be set apart for a special purpose.” Leviticus teaches YHVH is set apart from all gods and gives specific instruction on how a human being can draw near Him; however, it also teaches how to be “kadosh” or set apart for YHVH’s purpose. Being set apart is action oriented. We aren’t set apart like a tea cup on a shelf for display only. We are set apart to perform a specific purpose in YHVH’s plan. I like the analogy of the tea cup for several reasons. Tea cups can be mass produced, looking exactly alike. However, they can also be individually and uniquely made. Although they are called “tea” cups, their uses are not limited to tea drinking. Their significance is not the same from culture to culture; some cultures are built around tea drinking for which they are known world-wide.
Although there are men and women all over the world, YHVH’s children are unique. The believers’ culture is built around YHVH’s plan and purpose and as such, His children should be uniquely recognized around the world. That’s why He put together such a detailed list of dos and don’ts for His children. It is through the unique lifestyle of His children, He will show the world His way is the best way for people to live. Leviticus 20:26 says –
“And you shall be set-apart to Me, for I יהוה am set-apart, and have separated you from the peoples to be Mine.”
YHVH’s instructions are not random and tedious. They have a purpose I need to remember. They are setting me apart from the rest of the world so He can draw others to Himself.