Leviticus 20, Psalm 25, Ecclesiastes 3, 1 Timothy 5

Leviticus 20:7-8

"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 word translated as consecrate is used twice in this passage.  In verse 8, it is translated as sanctifies.  TheHebrew word, qds, means to be set apart, consecrated, holy, and dedicated to service and loyalty to God.

The Hebrew word translated as holy is qados, which means sacred, being unique and pure in the sense of superior moral qualities and possessing certain essential divine qualities 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.

So the question for me is, how do I set myself apart to be holy like God 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”?  Matthew 5:46  

Psalm 25:1-22

In Leviticus 20:7-8, I asked the question "How do I set myself apart to be holy like God?"  Ask the question, get an answer.  David must have thought through the same issue because this Psalm sure lays out a great road map for holiness.

Psalm 25:1 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 God does not teach me, for He alone is Holy?  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 humble myself knowing God's steadfast love and faithfulness.  Finally, keep my eyes always on the LORD, for He alone can keep me. 

LORD God, like David, I desire Your friendship.  Thank You for setting me apart for Your service.  My desire is 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.