UNDERSTANDING HOLINESS (PART THREE)

Thus, the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made – Genesis 2:1-3

LIGHT FOR NOW:It was never God’s plan for priesthood to be for a selected class of people.

 The word “quadash” was used in relation to the Sabbath: “And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it…” (Genesis 2:3). “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). We have noted that the Sabbath represented God’s rest and the writer of Hebrews explained it as faith in what God has done. It then follows that Moses in Exodus 20:8 was asking them to remember (recall, think upon) the Sabbath day (the rest of God) and this is to believe. Thus, faith in what God has done (or did) is what was treated as separate, different and sacred. The word “quadash” therefore, was first used to explain faith in God’s work (the Sabbath/rest) as separate, set apart. It was used 171 times in the Old Testament books of the bible. The following are examples of instances where it was used: Exodus 13:2; Leviticus 8:10; Numbers 16:37; Joshua 3:5; Joshua 17:3, 1Kings 9:3; 1Chronicles 15:4; 2Chronicles 2:4; Isaiah 29:23; Jeremiah 1:5. Thus, the word “quadash” was translated as “sanctify”, “sanctified” or “hallowed”. Let us now examine the other word “quodesh” and how it was used: The word “quodesh” was used 470 times in the Old Testament books of the bible. It was first mentioned in Exodus 3:5. The first use of the word “quodesh” was to describe a ground (a piece of land). Recall that the verb “quadash” implies to dedicate or set apart for something showing that there is someone who set it apart or dedicated it. In the above text, the ground was not what declared itself as “holy”, it was so called by another. The same can be seen in the several other instances that it was used: 2Chronicles 5:11; 2Chronicles 23:6; Exodus 12:16; Exodus 15:13; Exodus 16:23; Exodus 28:2; Leviticus 10:17; Leviticus 16:4; Numbers 4:20; Numbers 5:9-10; 1Kings 15:15; Psalm 2:6; Psalm 3:4.

In all the references above, it can be observed that the word “quodesh” which is an adjective was used to refer to several things including priests, the days of the feast, the temple, a ground, and the things of the temple. This implies that the word was not restricted by any group of persons or things. As long as those persons or things were treated specially or differently, they were described as holy. Also, in all the above instances, notice that the term used for ‘holiness’ was never intrinsic, rather it referred to how something is treated, not what it is. That is why in the Old Testament books of the bible, a phrase like “make yourself holy” was made. The verb “quadash” is to see oneself differently, treat oneself differently. In other words, what was referred to as holy was not responsible for being called holy; rather, it was based on the one who set it/them for a purpose. The word “quodesh” was also translated as “sanctuary” in several instances of the Old Testament books of the bible. Leviticus 4:6; Leviticus 5:15; Leviticus 10:4; Numbers 3:28; Numbers 3:28; Numbers 3:31. In the instances above, it was translated as sanctuary to refer to the holy place. Further, the word “holy” was also used for the people of Israel. Exodus 19:5-6. Moses preached the gospel to the Israelites. They were to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. The word “holy” in Exodus 9:5-6 was translated from the Hebrew word “quodesh” which implies Israel was to be set apart as a nation. It is noteworthy that this was before any priests were chosen and before they had a king. Hence, we may note that it was not God’s plan for the office of the priest to be restricted to a selected group of people. However, Moses did select the tribe of Levi as priests because of the Israelites’ rejection of the gospel. Exodus 20:18-19.

INSTRUCTION: Believe the Gospel.

PRAYER: I am washed and sanctified by the Name of Jesus via the Gospel, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: The believer in Christ is not looking for sanctification. He is already sanctified.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOSHUA CHAPTER 10; EVENING: 2 JOHN CHAPTER 1

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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