Kadosh – What it means to be “Set Apart”

It’s been several months since I last posted anything. Mostly because I allowed the cares of this world to overwhelm me and quite frankly I got burned out. Yet in all that, amidst the struggle and the hardships, Yah is faithful. He knows everything that takes place and even allows the trials for a divine purpose.

This week has been one of reflection for me. As we are in the middle of counting the Omer I feel that this is a great time to look back and to see just what He has brought us through since we began our journey walking in obedience to His Torah. For us this marks the beginning of our third year. It hasn’t all been easy. There have been several relationships that have been strained or severed, lots of attacks and condemnation for those who claim to be “Christians” and then there is the learning what is tahor and tamei or clean and unclean, trust me that is a topic that will drive you nuts. But all in all I look back with thankfulness and gratitude for everything that our Heavenly Father has brought us through.

As these thoughts were passing through my mind this week, one phrase kept ringing in my head.  “Be ye Holy for I Am Holy”. And oddly enough this week we are studying the portion of K’doshim which literally means “Holy Ones” so as you can imagine that very thought is reinforced over and over again.

Leviticus 20:26  ‘And you shall be set-apart to Me, for I YHVH am set-apart, and have separated you from the peoples to be Mine.

To someone with a Hebraic mindset what kadosh (קדוש) or “holy”, i.e. set apart implies is not the mindless nirvana sought after by the world or the once a week “worship sessions” employed by most churches. Covenant holiness is neither a lofty spiritual state to be aspired to or an ‘escape’ from the mundane affairs of life.

It is simply allowing our love of YHVH, our thankfulness for His goodness, and for the Words of Torah that He has written on our hearts to infiltrate our ordinary daily activities and transform them into instruments of worship to the Creator of Heaven and Earth.

To be Kadosh means yielding our lives to the One who created us and breathed into us the breath of life. It is Him who gives us His Ruach freely and without limit to guide us in all truth and allowing us to walk in His ways. Yet we must first submit in love and adoration to our Creator.

If we are to be set apart from this world then we should no longer desire to be like this world. We should not want to look like the world, talk like the world or partake in the things of the world.  We are to be Holy and set apart and faithful to the Words of Torah, guarding it with our lives.

Exodus 19:5-6  ‘And now, if you diligently obey My voice, and shall guard My covenant, then you shall be My treasured possession above all the peoples – for all the earth is Mine –   ‘and you shall be to Me a reign of priests and a set-apart nation.’ Those are the words which you are to speak to the children of Yisra’el.”

The truth is that Yeshua purchased us with His blood. He redeemed us from the world and cleansed us so that we may enter into the service of the King.

Titus 2:14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

That term “peculiar people” means “Special” or “Sole Possession”. If we are His through faith, being made children of the King, then simply put – we need to act like it.

Leviticus 20:7  ‘And you shall set yourselves apart, and shall be set-apart (kadosh), for I am YHVH your Elohim,

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