Numbers 8:5 Set Apart And Clean

Take the Levites from among all the Israelites and make them ceremonially clean. Numbers 8:5

Not every person can do every job that there is. People have to be set apart for specific jobs. This is often determined by skills and training or education.

Along with all of this, some jobs require a level of cleanness above the normal being clean. Surgeons must scrub themselves spotlessly clean prior to doing their work. If one does not have the required skills or is not clean, he will not be allowed to do the work.

God told Moses to take the Levites from among the Israelites and make them ceremonially clean.

During the time of Moses, one had to be set apart and then go through a physical ritual to be cleaned before God in order to do the work of God in the tabernacle. It was a process that looked forward to the time of Jesus and what believers would have to do.

Every person who is a believer in Jesus is also a worker of God in His church. The first thing that occurs is a person is set apart from the world, becoming a believer. Instead of going through a ritual today, one must repent of his sins and believe in the work of Jesus to remove those sins and make him clean, not just ceremonially clean, before God.

At this point the believer is set apart from the world. He is no longer following the sinful ways of the world, but God’s holy and righteous ways.

According to the world, he will look strange and different. He becomes a stranger in this world, just passing through, heading to a new place in heaven for eternity. At this point, one is ready to do the full work of God on this planet.

God has a work for you to do. In order to be ready to do it, you must be set apart and made clean before God.

Choose today to believe in the work of Jesus upon the cross. Repent of your sins and allow Jesus to make you pure and holy, setting you apart from the world. Obey the commands of God that will give you eternal life, rather than the sinful ways of this world that will bring only death.

Now go out and do the work of God building His kingdom here on earth.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be set apart for the work of God; that you will be separated from the sin of this world; that you will be clean and holy before God and man; and that God will guide you in building His kingdom each day.

Leviticus 8:30 Getting Set Apart

Then Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood from the altar and sprinkled them on Aaron and his garments and on his sons and their garments. So he consecrated Aaron and his garments and his sons and their garments. Leviticus 8:30

The majority of the world does not like to be separated or set apart. Most people like to blend in and be a part of the crowd.

Some like to be set apart as rebels to fight against the system or to draw attention to themselves. A few like to be separate in order to do great things.

Moses sprinkled Aaron and his sons and their clothing with blood from the altar and anointing oil to set them apart unto God.

While the majority of the world loves to be a part of the crowd, believers are to be set apart, consecrated unto God. They are to be different than the world. As the world seeks to live for the moment in sin and self-pleasure, believers are focused upon God and eternity.

This separation unto God begins when the believe in Jesus, repent of their sins and are washed with the blood of Jesus being forgiven. Sin no longer maintains control over their life as the world does.

Once they are consecrated by the blood of Jesus, then they can be anointed by the oil of God, His Holy Spirit. Doing this gives them the power to do God’s work and to remain separate from the world. It breaks the bonds of sin and this world upon their lives.

Believers are to look and act like Jesus, different from the world. They are a unique and peculiar people that are sold out and dedicated to God for His glory and for His use.

Just as Aaron and his sons were consecrated and dedicated to God, so were you the moment you chose to believe in Jesus. The blood of Jesus was poured out on you to get rid of your sins. God’s Holy Spirit was placed in you to set you apart from the world and sin.

Do not allow yourself to continue to look and act like the world. Be separate from the world and sin. Act and look more like Jesus every day, dedicated and sold out to God with your whole life.

Are you consecrated, separated unto God, apart from this world?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will have your sins washed in the blood of Jesus; that you will be anointed by the Holy Spirit; that you will be set apart to do the work God has for you; and that you will look more like Jesus than the world.

Exodus 39:30 Set Apart To The Lord

They made the plate, the sacred emblem, out of pure gold and engraved on it, like an inscription on a seal: HOLY TO THE LORD. Exodus 39:30

Most people do not like to be set apart as different. People like to blend in and go with the crowd, even when they know the crowd is going the wrong direction.

Being different often means one is going alone or a different direction. This can be lonely and often dangerous. Others will often fight against or ridicule one going a different path. It can be seen as selfish or rebellious.

A gold plate with the words, “HOLY TO THE LORD” was made and placed upon the turban for the priest to wear.

In the Bible, to be holy was to be set apart as different and given to God. The priests were pulled out from the tribes of Israel as being different and holy unto God.

When Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice for all sin, He assigned all believers to be holy to the Lord. The seal of the Holy Spirit was placed upon the believers designating each one as holy to the Lord, set apart and different from the world.

The world will continue to live for self and sin, while the believer will give up self and live for God. He dedicates his life to be made new in Christ so that he may live a holy and righteous life before God.

As he lives a holy life for God, the world will see the sign upon his forehead or life that he is different and set apart. No longer will he live as the world does, gratifying self and sin, but he will live a righteous life, fleeing all sin and letting the world know why he does it.

The moment you chose to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins, you became holy unto the Lord. You were set apart as different from the world and dedicated to God.

Do not allow yourself to go back to the world or be conformed by the world, but be set apart unto God. The ways of this world only lead to death and destruction, but the ways of God lead to everlasting life and joy.

Going through your days, does the world see that you are set apart to God, holy to the Lord? Or do they see you like them, heading for destruction and death in sin?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be set apart as holy to God; that the world will see that you belong to God; that you will not be ashamed of your belief in God; and that God will guide you in fleeing all sin.

Revelation 14:1 How Are You Identified?

Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. Revelation 14:1

Having a way to identify people is very important for many businesses. They will have their own uniform and some form of identification tag.

Each business will have a slightly different way to identify their workers. This helps the employer and the customer know who are the workers. Without a mark of identification, there would only be chaos and confusion among everyone.

In a vision, John sees Jesus and 144,000 people standing on Mount Zion. These people had the name of Jesus and God marked on their foreheads.

The world likes to identify itself by what one has or what one does. Temporary physical things are what identify those who have not chosen to follow Jesus.

Believers are to be marked as belonging to God and are different from the world. They have a mark upon them that is completely different and separate from the world’s way of marking a person. The mark of a believer is one of supernatural peace, one of being different, one of striving to be holy, one of being guided by an eternal perspective, one of knowing that this world is not his final home, and more.

Every person who is marked as belonging to God, will be set apart from the world. His manner of talking and acting will be different, because he is guided by God’s Holy Spirit with God’s word as the rule book on how live. He will not look like or act like the world, but strives to be more and more like Jesus every day.

Being different will give reason for the world to ask why there is something different. It will give the chance to be a witness of who Jesus is.

Allow God to mark you with His mark. Live your life as God would have you live it, separate and different from the world, full of peace and life. You are set apart as holy and dedicated to God in this dark and fallen world.

As you live by God’s standards of love and holiness, you will be identified as different in this temporary world. God knows who are His and sees His mark upon their foreheads and hearts.

How are you identified today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have God’s mark upon your life; that you will live your life by God’s holy standards; that the world will see that you belong to God; and that you will be a witness for Jesus in this world.

John 15:19 Are You Loved Or Hated?

If you belong to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. John 15:19

People love to be loved. No one likes someone to hate them. In order for people to get that love, most people will do whatever it takes to please others.

When a person is hated, he often feels left out or separated from others. He will often look at himself and try to figure out what he is doing wrong to be hated and change.

Jesus pointed out to His followers that the world hates them because He had chosen them out of the world.

Although the world appeared to love Jesus for a short time, they quickly began to hate Him. The world hates Jesus because He sets a high standard of holy living. This standard goes against the world’s way of living.

Every believer, who is truly living for God, will be hated by the world as a whole. Those who are living mediocre lives for God, will be loved by the world. They live in sinful ways and accept others to live in sinful ways. They are not separate, set a part from the world.

Followers of Jesus will call sin for what it is…sin and will not compromise their standards. The world does not like that type of talk or living, it makes them feel uncomfortable.

As soon as the world begins to love a believer, one must begin to question his walk with God. How is it that the world loves him, when the world hates Jesus? This can be a test strip for how much a person is loving and serving God or serving self and the world.

Take not as to how much the world, those who refuse to believe in Jesus, loves you. Ask yourself how much you are being a witness to them of who Jesus is.

If you are living for God and speaking His words, the world is going to hate you. The only ones who will not hate you are those who choose to follow Jesus.

Your primary job is to be a witness to the world, not to be loved by the world. Do not turn away from being that witness, just because some, or many, do not love you.

Are you loved or hated by the world?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will strengthen you to be separate from the world; that you will know God’s love; that you will live a holy life before God and the world; and that you will be a witness for Jesus.