Learning to be Set-Apart – The Hebrew Perspective
Be Ye Holy / Qadash, Qadosh, Qodesh / Set-Apart / Sanctified
The Hebrew word for this study is Holy. We will look at the verb, adjective, and noun for holy, giving a description for each one. I should note that if you decide to do further study on Holy you may find it spelled with a “Q” instead of a “K”, it just depends on where you look. It will still have the same meanings that are in this teaching.
Our first word is Qadash (qah-DASH). Qadash is a verb and it is the Hebrew root word for holy. Qadash means to be set apart, to hallow, to sanctify, to be holy, to show oneself holy, to be treated as holy, to consecrate, to treat as holy, to dedicate, to be made holy, to declare holy or consecrated, to behave, to act holy, to dedicate oneself.
The second word is Qadosh (kah-DOHSH or kaw-doshe) and it is an adjective, but a very important adjective. Qadosh is used to denote someone or something that is inherently sacred, or has been designed as sacred by divine rite or cultic ceremony. It designates that which is the opposite of common or profane.
The adjective Qadosh is the word used to describe YAHUAH ELOHIYM. The very essence of who YAHUAH ELOHIYM is, is described as being inherently holy, sacred, and set apart. YAHUAH is the only One of His kind. He alone is utterly pure, perfect, distinct, and set apart. Evil and uncleanness can be found nowhere in Him. He is called “Haqadosh” – The Holy One. As Haqadosh, YAHUAH transcends the realm of the finite, the fallen, and the imperfect and only He is worthy of worship because He alone is perfect and holy. The Hebraic way of giving emphasis to something is to use repetition. YAHUAH is a YAHUAH of love, compassion, grace, etc., but when describing His very essence only one word is used in repetition. That word is qadosh, qadosh, qadosh
(holy, holy, holy). You will find it in Isaiah 6:1-3 and Revelation 4:8. Because YAHUAH is holy, He has always required for His people to be holy(Set-Apart). In the Old Testament Israel was required to be Qadosh [Exodus 19:4-6]. In the New Testament, we, as the Believers in Messiah are required to be Qodeshiym pl. (set-apart ones) [I Peter 1:15-16]. We are both called to be a holy nation (goy Qadosh) unto YAHUAH ELOHIYM. So how do we, as imperfect humans become Qadosh? Well, it is a double process.
The first step is by position and it happens at the point of salvation. The Set-Apart (Holy) Spirit [RUACH HA’QODESH] baptizes us into Messiah and His holiness is imparted into us. The second step is through experience. YAHUAH says “You shall be holy(Set-apart), because I YAHUAH your ELOHIYM is holy (Set-Apart).” [Lev 19:1-2, 20:7; I Peter 1:16] We have to walk out our holiness by the life we live. That happens through faith, obedience to the Master and His word, and ultimately, yielding to the Holy Spirit.
The more we pray and study YAHUAH’s word, the more that word gets into our spirit man, the easier it becomes to obey the RUACH HAQODESH / Set-Apart Spirit (Holy Spirit). If you cater to the spirit man he will be in control, if you cater to the soulish man, he will be in control. It is the difference between the QODESH / Set-Apart and the common or profane (anything that is unholy).
YAHUAH ELOHIYM commands us to “come out from among them and be separate, says YAHUAH ELOHIYM. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says YAHUAH Almighty. Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of YAHUAH ELOHIYM.” [II Corinthians 6:17-18, 7:1]
The final word is Qodesh (not kadesh which is a male temple prostitute). Qodesh is a masculine noun which means a holy thing, holiness, set-apart and sacredness. It is the essential nature of that which belongs to the sphere of the sacred and which is therefore distinct from the common or profane. This would include set-apart (holy) offerings, vessels and objects consecrated as Set-Apart and used strictly for the Master, food, the Sabbath [Shabbat Qodesh], etc. This word is also used when referring to Set-apart (holy) places. Keeping in mind that YAHUAH’s presence makes anything Set-Apart (holy) remember the burning bush, the Set-Apart (holy) mountain [har ha’qodesh], and the Holy of Holies [Qodesh Qodeshiym]. (Most Set-Apart Place)
A few other words are the holy land or city [eretz ha’qodesh], holy language [Lashon Ha’qodesh]
II Corintihians 11:2, YAHUSHA said He is coming back for a wife without spot or wrinkle (in other words consecrated). Our marriage contract with Messiah is called QODESHIYM which literally means “sanctification” “Set-Apart Ones”.
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of YAHUSHA HAMASHIACH;
As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which has called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
KEPHA RI’SHON (1 PETER) 1:13-16 Eth Cepher