Our Creator Made a Distinction
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20
How God Differentiates Holiness
Everything Good (Tov #2896) from Bad/Evil, (Ra #7451). Holy/Set-Apart/Sacred, (Kodesh #6944) from Unholy/Common/Profane, (Chol #2445). Unclean, (Tame #2931) from Clean, (Tahor #2889), Ezekiel 44:23. Darkness/Obscurity, (Choshek #2822) from Light/Perception, (Oor #216). Sweet/Pleasant, (Mathoq #4966) from Bitter/Troubled, (Mar #4751). Right/Straight, (Yashar #3474) from Wrong/Crooked, (Sheqer #8267), Psalm 119:128. Life, (Chay #2416) from Death, (Maveth #4194).
The Holy (Qodesh) Priest (Kohen) of YHVH
…and so as to make a distinction between the holy and the profane, and between the unclean and the clean… Leviticus 10:10
He instructs us to be Holy as He is Holy, so we need to know the distinctions that make us Qodesh, Leviticus 22:32.
YHVH appointed the tribe of Levi (meaning attached or to be joined) to be His priests. His priests served in His temporary physical temple as the copy Moses made of YHVH’s Lasting Spiritual Temple.
YHVH’s Torah, and the Prophets whose words matched up, were the only Scripture that existed at the time of Jesus/Yehoshua, (YHVH Is Salvation). The duties of YHVH’s priests are described in great detail, and these are the very Scriptures that testify about Yehoshua, John 5:39.
YHVH has sworn and will not change His mind, “You are a Priest Forever According to the order of Melchizedek, (King of Righteousness).” Psalm 110:4
Yhoshua, the King of Righteousness, (Melchizedek) is our forerunner and Priest Forever, Hebrews 6:20.
Yehovah, King of Righteousness, Our High Priest
What exactly was the Ancient Hebrew meaning of a Priest or Kohen? This definition comes from Jeff A. Benner’s Ancient Hebrew research:
|While the priests of Israel were the religious leaders of the community this is not the meaning of the word kohen. The Hebrew word for the priests of other nations is komer from a root meaning burn and may be in reference to the priests who burn children in the fires of Molech (2 Kings 23:10). The word kohen comes from a root meaning a base such as the base of a column. The koheniym (plural of kohen) are the structural support of the community. It is their responsibility to keep the community standing tall and straight, a sign of righteousness.Strong’s: #3548|
Now we all know what it means to be “a Column in the Temple,” Revelation 3:12
To understand our role as YHVH’s priests we must first understand the Hebrew word Echad, John 17:23. Echad describes the mystery of our Oneness and Unity of Life in YHVH’s Spirit.
When we know we have the same Life giving Spirit of The King of Righteousness living in us, we obediently begin living by His definition of what is right.
We Mature Spiritually as We Learn to Distinguish
“But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained their sensibilities to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:14
“But when Christ/Messiah came as High Priest… He entered the greater and more perfect temple not made by hands (that is, not of this creation).” Hebrews 9:11
…”who has made Us to be a kingdom, priests to YHVH our Father–to Him be the glory and power forever and ever! Amen.” Revelation 1:6
“… they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” Ezekiel 44:23
“Her priests have done wrong to My Torah and have profaned My Holy (Qodesh) things; they have made no distinction between the holy and the profane/common, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.” Ezekiel 22:26
He who justifies those who do bad and condemns those who do good, Both of them alike are an abomination to YHVH, Proverbs 17:15
A Holy Priest of YHVH Does What YHVH Says
His Priests recognize when YHVH’s Holy Instructions have been polluted by the additions and subtractions of mankind.
Then we will be able to distinguish who serves/obeys YHVH and who does not.
“So you will again distinguish between the righteous (those who do right) and the wicked, (those who do wrong) between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.” Malachi 3:18.