"Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God. Keep my statutes and do them, I am the LORD who sanctifies you".
The same Hebrew word is used twice in this passage. Verse seven translates it as "consecrate," while verse eight uses "sanctifies." The Hebrew word, qds, means to be set apart, consecrated, holy, and dedicated to service and loyalty to God. So the people of Israel were to set themselves apart for service to God because He has set them apart for service to Himself.
The LORD, the God of Israel, also commands the people to be holy. The Hebrew word translated as holy is qados, which means sacred, being unique and pure in the sense of superior moral qualities and possessing specific essential divine attributes in contrast with what is human.
Roy's translation of Leviticus 20:7-8: God commands the Israelites to set themselves apart and be like Him by keeping His instruction because He is the One who sets them apart.
As a follower of Jesus Christ the LORD, it seems the question for me is, how do I set myself apart to be holy like Him since He has already set me apart for that purpose? God's sovereignty and Roy's responsibility!
Is that what Jesus meant when He said: “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” in Matthew 5:48?
My God and Father, thank You for setting me apart for Yourself before the foundation of the world. I want to live my life in a manner worthy of Your call. Holy Spirit, may I never cause You grief or quench Your activity in my life. May I be quick to consecrate myself as You are to sanctify me. LORD Jesus, I know this is possible only in and through You. Thank You.
In Leviticus 20:7-8, I asked the question "How do I set myself apart to be holy like God?" Ask the question, get the answer. David must have thought through the same issue because this Psalm sure lays out an excellent roadmap for holiness.
Psalm 25:1-2 in the NLT says, "O LORD, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God!" David has shown me the first step in my pursuit of holiness: I must trust God with my whole life. David's second step is to ask God to teach him. Makes total sense! How will I know holiness if the only Holy One does not instruct me? As David contemplates what he is asking of God, he becomes acutely aware of his own sin. Step three is to be quick to acknowledge sin and humbling myself knowing and resting in God's steadfast love and faithfulness. Finally, I must keep my eyes always on the LORD, for He alone can save me.
LORD God, like David, I desire Your friendship. Thank You for setting me apart for Your service. I want to be holy, but I realize my attempt will always fall short. Christ Jesus, thank You for successfully living a holy life and covering me in Your holiness. You are not only my example; You are my Lord and Savior who died and rose again. Thank You for paying the penalty for my sins which are many. I want my life to be an offering of thankfulness for what You have done for me.