Saturday, June 15, 2019

On true holiness….

Oh, this week's two Torah portions were absolutely awesome! YHWH never ceases to amaze me! I mean, for instance, I got chills reading Numbers 19, which talks about how very serious YHWH is about "holiness" - which also includes "cleanliness"....

We puny humans believe ourselves to be "holy" just because we "read the Bible" or "go to church or synagogue" and raise our hands to sing and worship.

Truth be told, that is only "playing at" holiness, when you get right down to it, because true holiness comes from the heart and from active obedience to YHWH's Divine Instructions in Righteousness.

Yes, those instructions in Numbers 19 were for the Levite Priests and "don't pertain to us" ... BUT - consider this:

Having been cleansed by the divine blood of Messiah Yeshua, our bodies are the Temple and WE are considered priests - which means WE MUST ALSO be "clean" and "holy"....We should never, ever take it for granted that "it's okay to sin sometimes because God knows my heart."

NO! As PRIESTS, we must shine so the world can literally SEE that we are "set apart" and "different". If we don't take YHWH's commands seriously, then HOW can the world recognize that we are different?

1 Peter 2:9. But you are an elect race (referring to the prophecy of Isaiah 66:20-21) officiating as priests of the Kingdom; a Set Apart people, a redeemed congregation; that you should proclaim the praises of him who called you out of darkness to his precious light: 10. who formerly were not counted as a people but now are the people of Elohim; and also, there were (once) no mercies on you but now mercies are poured out upon you.

11. My beloved, I entreat you as strangers and pilgrims, separate yourselves from all lusts of the body, for they war against the soul. 12. And let your behavior be honorable before all men; so that they who utter evil speeches against you, may see your good actions and may praise Elohim in the day of trial. (AENT)

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