Have You Every Wondered What it Means To Be Holy?
“for it is written: “Be Holy, because I Am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16
“For it is written,” means this is a quote from the Hebrew Scriptures so we can find the original word meaning of Holy.
“Holy,” Simply Means, “Set-apart”
Being “Set Apart,” ( קֹדֶשׁ Qadosh #6944)) is not a super human instruction, it’s knowing how to make a distinction. Our Creator’s instructions describe what is common and unclean so His people can be Set-apart and Clean.
“and so as to make a distinction (בָּדל badal #914) between the Holy (Qodesh #6944) and the Common, (Chol #2455) and between the Unclean, (Tame’ #2931) and the Clean, (Tahor #2889)” Leviticus 10:10
Distinguishing Between Clean and Unclean Animals
Leviticus chapter 11 follows the command to “be Holy,” with a detailed description of which animals His “Set-apart” people eat:
“For I Am YHVH (יְהוָֹה) your God. Consecrate, (Qadash #6942, from qodesh #6944) yourselves therefore, and be Holy, (qadosh #6918) for I Am Holy (qadosh)…” Leviticus 11:44
“For I Am YHVH (יְהוָֹה) who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God; thus you shall be Holy, for I Am Holy...” Leviticus 11:45
Leviticus chapter 19 follows the command to “Be Holy,” by reiterating seven of the ten commandments, along with some additional detail. Most importantly, Leviticus 19:18 is the instruction quoted by Yehoshua (Jesus) and his disciples as the greatest of all commandments, “Love Your Neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 5:43,44; Matthew 22:39; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27; John 13:34; Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:14…
“Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be Holy, for I YHVH (יְהוָֹה) your God Am Holy…” Leviticus 19:2
Leviticus, chapter 20 continues, adding warnings about two things YHVH abhors; sacrificing children to Molech and Unfaithfulness.
…I Am YHVH (יְהוָֹה) who Sanctifies, (Qadash #6942) you.” Leviticus 20:8
“you shall not follow the customs of the nation which I will drive out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I have abhorred them.” Leviticus 20:23
“You shall Consecrate, (Qadash #6942) yourselves therefore and be Holy, (qodesh) for I Am YHVH (יְהוָֹה) your God…” Leviticus 20:7
“You must therefore make a distinction between clean and unclean animals and between unclean and clean birds. Do not defile yourselves by any animal or bird or anything that moves along the ground—those that I have set apart as unclean for you.” Leviticus 20:25
“You are to be Holy to me because I, YHVH, (יְהוָֹה) Am Holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.” Leviticus 20:26
Be Holy, Be Perfect, Be Blameless, Be Complete, Be Whole
Holy is not an elusive word, it is a dividing word. Like Light and darkness, He puts a distinction between what is His and what is not.
We set ourselves apart from what is common in the world as we learn the difference between what God says and what the world says.
“Be Perfect/Blameless, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is Perfect/Blameless.” Matthew 5:48
“Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, YHVH (יְהוָֹה) appeared to Abram and said to him, “I Am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be Perfect/Blameless, (Tamim #8549).” Genesis 17:1
“For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be Holy, (Qadosh) and Blameless, (Tamim) in His presence, In Love,” Ephesians 1:4