Friday, August 6, 2010

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE SANCTIFIED?

"For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." (Leviticus 11:44)

Here the Lord is telling us that if we eat certain things our temple (1Corinthians 6:19)  becomes defiled and we become an abomination to our God.  In an effort to avoid these situations and circumstances we are to, "therefore 'sanctify' yourselves."

There is nothing holy about the word sanctify. The definition of sanctified is not holy or righteous, but rather to set apart, or separated.

"Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine." (Exodus 13:2
Samuel the priest as well as Jesus Christ (and others) were sanctified after this manner.





"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)

God sanctified the Sabbath day, therefore the 7th day of the week should be set apart from the rest of the week. Simply put you shouldn't do the things that you normally do on the Sabbath. Everything about the day is supposed to be different. In the 10 Commandments we are told that No work should be done. The 7th day is designed to be our Day of Worship. The day that Christians in general (and ALL those whom believe in the God of the Bible in particular) should assemble together (Hebrews 10:25).  
Some would have my readers believe that the Sabbath day and the rules that outline the proper observance thereof was nailed to the cross with Christ. I wonder how then would they explain the 66th chapter of Isaiah where after the Kingdom of God begins, after the New heaven and New earth have come, that, "it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD." (66:23

I have also heard Catholic as well as Protestant preachers say that those laws were for the nation of Israel only. I wonder then how those preachers would explain the 56th chapter of Isaiah.
"Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil... Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, everyone that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people." (Isaiah 56:1-8)


Another thing that sanctifies the people of God from the rest of the world, (according to the Bible) are the things that we eat (or are allowed to eat). This post began with a verse out of the 11th chapter of Leviticus. The entire chapter lines out those things that will 'defile' the temple of your body, as well as some things that will make us an "Abomination" in the sight of God.

"And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination." (v.10-11)




"Ye shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creepeth, neither shall ye make yourselves unclean with them, that ye should be defiled thereby. For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. 


This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth:  To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten.
(v.43-47)





FOOD 4 THOUGHT (you do the dishes): Twice in this set of scriptures, the Lord equates what we eat with being holy. And that we are commanded to be holy because He is holy.   I would like to take this time to point out that NOWHERE in the Bible is it written that smoke of any kind whatsoever will defile the temple of your body. That type of reasoning comes from the mind of man (studying sermons instead of Bibles). People are caught up making tobacco and alcohol a sin, when sin is outlined in the Bible.
For the Biblical definition of sin click here

 This is how the people of God 'Sanctify' themselves from the world. Not by becoming Monks and Nuns in seclusion from the world (how then can they carry out 'the Great Commission'?) but by following the scripture. The proof is in the pudding. When you talk to someone about the Sabbath Day, or the Dietary Law the 1st thing they assume is that you are Jewish. That is because historically the only people that Sanctify themselves were the people of God -The Children Of Israel- or what we commonly call the Jews.
However we read today that the son of the stranger (one whom is not from among the children of Israel) should keep the Sabbath day as well. There is only 1 Law for the Jew and the Gentile. 1 Law for Israel, as well as for the entire species of Man (the species of Man is male and female).

It is very important that we use the Word. Those that sanctify themselves without the Word are in danger.
 "For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.
 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.
(Isaiah 66:16-18)
These people Isaiah mentions try to circumvent the sanctification of God and assume that since God created it, it must be ok to eat. Those that sanctify themselves and eat 'swines flesh' will be consumed together with those who commit other abominations.

Imagine being one of those people who believes that homosexuality is an abomination unto God (it is). All of your life you evangelize against alternative lifestyles and when Jesus returns, He places you in the lake of fire, right next to a homosexual because you have sanctified yourself and ate swine's flesh. 
 
---STUDY THE BIBLE... NOT THE SERMONS---


"One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you." (Exodus 12:49)

"Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God." (Leviticus 24:22)

"Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them." (Numbers 15:29)

"There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." (Ephesians 4:1-6)

And Finally,

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."  
(Hebrews 13:8)


May the Lord add a blessing to the reading, studying, and understanding of His Word...



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Additional Scriptures

Numbers 15:16

Exodus 19:9-23/28:40-42/29:36

Joshua 7:12-14 

1pETER 3:15

*John 17:17*

 

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