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“HOLY HOLY HOLY IS THE LORD GOD, THE ALL POWERFUL, WHO WAS AND WHO IS, AND WHO IS STILL TO COME!”
There are 13 words for HOLY found in the original scriptures. Six from the original Hebrew in the Old Testament and seven from the original Greek in the New Testament.
HEBREW: chaciyd, miqdash, , qadowsh, qaddiysh (Aramaic), qadash, qodesh
GREEK: hagiazō, hagion, hagios, heortē, hieros, hosios, pneuma
While translations vary, some offering as few as 513 and some as many as 633, on average you will find 572 instances of a word translated as “holy” in the Bible. The top books containing the word HOLY are:
Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers are part of the first five books of the Bible, (called the Pentateuch, which means “five books”) containing the LAW, the institution of the Tabernacle, and the construction of the Tabernacle. The Pentateuch outlines God’s chosen people, the descendents of Jacob whose name was changed to Israel. As a chosen people they were holy to God. Set aside by Him. Since God is HOLY, i.e. pure, everything concerning His worship had to be pure as well.
Leviticus 11:45 Be holy, because I am holy.
The people of Israel were chosen of God and called to live before God as a holy people, i.e., set apart by God, to God, for God’s glory and worship.
LEVITICUS is called The Book of Holiness and is all things relative to the Levites. The Levites (designated as the priestly class) were holy, consecrated, sanctified, i.e., set aside to do God’s work as priests and serve in and over the Temple and the Tabernacle. Moses and his brother, Aaron, were both Levites. Samuel, Ezekiel, Ezra, and Malachi were also Levites. Aaron was the first high priest of Israel. The book of Leviticus contains many of the laws given by God to direct the work of the priests and the order of worship.
The Levites served various roles in the Temple included singing Psalms during Temple services, performing construction and maintenance for the Temple, serving as guards, and acting as teachers and judges. The Book of Ezra reports that the Levites were responsible for the construction of the Second Temple and translated and explained the Torah when it was publicly read. The Levites also maintained cities as refuge or sanctuary.
The Cities of Refuge were towns in Israel and Judah in which those guilty of manslaughter could claim the right of asylum. No harm was allowed to come to the perpetrator who would traditionally be supplied clothing and food. In the Books of Kings there are accounts of Joab and Adonijah each fleeing from Solomon to an altar, with their opponents being unwilling to attack them while they remained there: 1 Kings 1:50 Now Adonijah was afraid of Solomon; so he arose, and went and took hold of the horns of the altar. To take hold of the horns of the altar indicates they were safe inside the Temple in care of the priests and no harm should come to them.
Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I am the Lord who sanctifies you.
Leviticus chapters 11-15 contain the Laws Regarding Purity. Chapters 18-27 cover sanctification.
Sanctification for God’s People (Chapters 18-20)
Sanctification for God’s Priests (Chapters 21-22)
Sanctification in Worship (Chapters 23-24)
Sanctification in the Land of Canaan (Chapters 25-26)
Sanctification and Vows (Chapter 27)
The book of NUMBERS covers the Precepts of God and Sanctification of the People in chapters 5-9 and the Regulation of Offerings and Vows in chapters 28-30.
1 Corinthians 1:30-31
But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”
The word sanctification used in this verse is the original Greek word Strong’s G38 – hagiasmos [This Greek word is used only in Biblical and ecclesiastical (of or relating to the Christian church) writings.]
Outline of Biblical Usage
1) consecration, purification
2) the effect of consecration
a) sanctification of heart and life
Translated as holiness, sanctification, Consecration, purification, sanctification of heart and lifeSANCTIFY: to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate; to purify or free from sin; render legitimate; to entitle to reverence or respect; to make productive of or conducive to spiritual blessing; to make holy; to free from sin; purify
The words merciful and gracious as found in the above scriptures are from the original Hebrew word Strong’s H2623 – chaciyd
Outline of Biblical Usage
1) faithful, kind, godly, holy one, saint, pious
b) pious, godly
c) faithful ones (subst)
Translated as saints, holy, merciful, godly, good, godly man, Holy One, holy one
Numbers 18:29 Of all your gifts you shall offer up every heave offering due to the Lord, from all the best of them, the consecrated part of them.
1 Chronicles 22:19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God. Therefore arise and build the sanctuary of the Lord God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the holy articles of God into the house that is to be built for the name of the Lord.
Isaiah 60:13 The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, The cypress, the pine, and the box tree together, to beautify the place of My sanctuary; and I will make the place of My feet glorious.
Isaiah 8:14 He will be as a sanctuary, But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense To both the houses of Israel, As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 11:16 Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Although I have cast them far off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.”
The words consecrated and sanctuary found in the above scriptures is from the original Hebrew word Strong’s H4720 – miqdash
Outline of Biblical Usage
1) sacred place, sanctuary, holy place
1) of the temple
2) of the tabernacle
3) of Ezekiel’s temple
4) of Jehovah
Translated as sanctuary, holy place, chapel, hallowed part, a holy thing, something consecrated or set aside for God, [especially the holy tabernacle, the temple, an asylum, refuge]
The original Hebrew word Strong’s H6918 – qadowsh is found in Leviticus frequently as described in the LAW.
Outline of Biblical Usage
1) sacred, holy, Holy One, saint, set apart
Translated as holy , Holy One, saint, holy, pure, clean, free from defilement of crimes, idolatry, and other unclean and profane things.
Attributed to God as abhorring every kind of impurity (both physical and moral)
Priests, the Levites, and Aaron consecrated to Jehovah – set aside and kept pure for the service of God.
Pious men who are pure from sin, those whom the grace of God has set apart
The people of Israel who were to abstain from every kind of impurity
Holy places, days sacred to God, the holy place of the habitations of the Most High
MOST HOLY used of Jehovah
Holy ones used of angels
Pious worshippers of God, saints, the Jews
The original Hebrew word Strong’s H6922 – qaddiysh (Aramaic) is used to proclaim God as holy, angels as holy, Jews as holy, and those who are sacred to the Most High.
Outline of Biblical Usage
1) holy, separate
2) angels, saints
Translated as saint , holy, holy one.
The original Hebrew word Strong’s H6942 – qadash uses Qal, Niphal, Piel, Pual, Hiphil, Hithpael – Hebrew verb stems or modifiers. They change a root word (such as holy) into different concepts.
Qal: be holy (be removed from common use)
Niphal: be treated as holy, show oneself as holy
Piel: transfer something to the state of holiness, declare holy, dedicate
Pual: be sanctified, consecrated
Hiphil: mark as sanctified, consecrated; treat, consider as holy
Hithpael: keep oneself sanctified, show oneself as holy; be sanctified
Outline of Biblical Usage
1) root word qadash means to consecrate, sanctify, prepare, dedicate, be hallowed, be holy, be sanctified, be separate
1) to be set apart, be consecrated
2) to be hallowed
3) consecrated, tabooed
1) to show oneself sacred or majestic
2) to be honoured, be treated as sacred
3) to be holy
1) to set apart as sacred, consecrate, dedicate
2) to observe as holy, keep sacred
3) to honour as sacred, hallow
4) to consecrate
1) to be consecrated
2) consecrated, dedicated
1) to set apart, devote, consecrate
2) to regard or treat as sacred or hallow
3) to consecrate
1) to keep oneself apart or separate
2) to cause Himself to be hallowed (of God)
3) to be observed as holy
4) to consecrate oneself
Translated as sanctify, hallow, dedicate, holy, prepare, consecrate, appointed, bid, purified.
Physical purity and cleanliness
A man who devotes himself to any God and therefore accounts himself as more holy than the common people
Things destined for holy worship or which were devoted to the sacred treasury
Regarded as holy, hallowed (as of God)
The holy tent as consecrated
God, a priest, the sabbath – to regard as holy
Genesis 2:3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
Leviticus 20:8 And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I am the Lord who sanctifies you.
Joel 1:14 Consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land Into the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.
A GENERAL ASSEMBLY (for any people or any god)
2 Kings 10:20 And Jehu said, “Proclaim a solemn assembly for Baal.” So they proclaimed it.
Leviticus 11:44 For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy.
Leviticus 11:45 For I am the Lord who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
Leviticus 19:2 “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God,am holy.
Leviticus 20:7 Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God.
Leviticus 20:26 And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.
Leviticus 21:6 They shall be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God, for they offer the offerings of the Lord made by fire, and the bread of their God; therefore they shall be holy.
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, that they separate themselves from the holy things of the children of Israel, and that they do not profane My holy name by what they dedicate to Me: I am the Lord. Say to them: ‘Whoever of all your descendants throughout your generations, who goes near the holy things which the children of Israel dedicate to the Lord, while he has uncleanness upon him, that person shall be cut off from My presence: I am the Lord.
‘Whatever man of the descendants of Aaron, who is a leper or has a discharge, shall not eat the holy offerings until he is clean. And whoever touches anything made unclean by a corpse, or a man who has had an emission of semen, or whoever touches any creeping thing by which he would be made unclean, or any person by whom he would become unclean, whatever his uncleanness may be— the person who has touched any such thing shall be unclean until evening, and shall not eat the holy offerings unless he washes his body with water. And when the sun goes down he shall be clean; and afterward he may eat the holy offerings, because it is his food. Whatever dies naturally or is torn by beasts he shall not eat, to defile himself with it: I am the Lord.
‘They shall therefore keep My ordinance, lest they bear sin for it and die thereby, if they profane it: I the Lord sanctify them.
‘No outsider shall eat the holy offering; one who dwells with the priest, or a hired servant, shall not eat the holy thing. But if the priest buys a person with his money, he may eat it; and one who is born in his house may eat his food. If the priest’s daughter is married to an outsider, she may not eat of the holy offerings. But if the priest’s daughter is a widow or divorced, and has no child, and has returned to her father’s house as in her youth, she may eat her father’s food; but no outsider shall eat it.
‘And if a man eats the holy offering unintentionally, then he shall restore a holy offering to the priest, and add one-fifth to it. They shall not profane the holy offerings of the children of Israel, which they offer to the Lord, or allow them to bear the guilt of trespass when they eat their holy offerings; for I the Lord sanctify them.’”
Offerings Accepted and Not Accepted
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, and to all the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘Whatever man of the house of Israel, or of the strangers in Israel, who offers his sacrifice for any of his vows or for any of his freewill offerings, which they offer to the Lord as a burnt offering— you shall offer of your own free will a male without blemish from the cattle, from the sheep, or from the goats.
Whatever has a defect, you shall not offer, for it shall not be acceptable on your behalf. And whoever offers a sacrifice of a peace offering to the Lord, to fulfill his vow, or a freewill offering from the cattle or the sheep, it must be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no defect in it. Those that are blind or broken or maimed, or have an ulcer or eczema or scabs, you shall not offer to the Lord, nor make an offering by fire of them on the altar to the Lord. Either a bull or a lamb that has any limb too long or too short you may offer as a freewill offering, but for a vow it shall not be accepted.
‘You shall not offer to the Lord what is bruised or crushed, or torn or cut; nor shall you make any offering of them in your land. Nor from a foreigner’s hand shall you offer any of these as the bread of your God, because their corruption is in them, and defects are in them. They shall not be accepted on your behalf.’”
“Therefore you shall keep My commandments, and perform them: I am the Lord. You shall not profane My holy name, but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel. I am the Lord who sanctifies you, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord.”Click here for A Discussion on Leviticus
Leviticus is very hard for some people to digest. Some read the very deep details of the law in this book and get very discouraged – especially people with a physical impairment. Portions of the Old Testament go to great lengths to emphasize that anyone with any type of limitation was not acceptable to offer service.
Leviticus 21:16-23 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
“Speak to Aaron, saying: ‘No man of your descendants in succeeding generations, who has any defect, may approach to offer the bread of his God. For any man who has a defect shall not approach: a man blind or lame, who has a marred face or any limb too long, a man who has a broken foot or broken hand, or is a hunchback or a dwarf, or a man who has a defect in his eye, or eczema or scab, or is a eunuch. No man of the descendants of Aaron the priest, who has a defect, shall come near to offer the offerings made by fire to the Lord. He has a defect; he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God. He may eat the bread of his God, both the most holy and the holy; only he shall not go near the veil or approach the altar, because he has a defect, lest he profane My sanctuaries; for I the Lord sanctify them.’”
The key to understanding THE LAW and the Old Testament concept of a HOLY GOD, people who must be perfect and holy to be in His presence, and offerings that must be perfect to be accepted by Him is Jesus.
Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
The Lamb of God
John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
To state that any man who has a defect shall not approach: a man blind or lame, who has a marred face or any limb too long, a man who has a broken foot or broken hand, or is a hunchback or a dwarf, or a man who has a defect in his eye, or eczema or scab, or is a eunuch seems like it makes God out to be a very unkind deity. God is not unkind. God is a merciful and gracious God. This hard-line was drawn as a precursor to the perfection of Jesus.
The LAW was never able nor meant to make men holy. Only God makes holy. Only by trading our inadequate, imperfect lives for the pure righteousness of Christ can we come boldly to God dressed to stand before Him.
Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Deuteronomy 14:2 For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.
Deuteronomy 23:14 For the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you and give your enemies over to you; therefore your camp shall be holy, that He may see no unclean thing among you, and turn away from you.
1 Chronicles 16:10 Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
Psalm 22:3 But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.
Psalm 30:4 Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
Psalm 33:21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name.
Psalm 77:13 Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God?
Psalm 78:41 Yes, again and again they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel.
Psalm 89:18 For our shield belongs to the Lord, And our king to the Holy One of Israel.
Psalm 97:12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
Psalm 99:3 Let them praise Your great and awesome name— He is holy.
Psalm 99:5 Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His footstool— He is holy.
Psalm 99:9 Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His holy hill; For the Lord our God is holy.
Psalm 103:1 [ Praise for the Lord’s Mercies ] Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Psalm 105:3 Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
Psalm 111:9 He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and awesome is His name.
Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Isaiah 5:16 But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, And God who is holy shall be hallowed in righteousness.
Isaiah 6:3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”
Isaiah 12:6 Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”
Isaiah 17:7 In that day a man will look to his Maker, And his eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 29:19 The humble also shall increase their joy in the Lord, And the poor among men shall rejoice In the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 40:25 “To whom then will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One.
Isaiah 43:3 For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
Isaiah 43:15 I am the Lord, your Holy One, The Creator of Israel, your King.
“Thus says the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held— To subdue nations before him and loose the armor of kings, to open before him the double doors, so that the gates will not be shut:
For Jacob My servant’s sake, and Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me.
I will gird you, though you have not known Me, that they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me.
“Rain down, you heavens, from above, And let the skies pour down righteousness; let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together. I, the Lord, have created it.
“Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ Or shall your handiwork say, ‘He has no hands’? Woe to him who says to his father, ‘What are you begetting?’ Or to the woman, ‘What have you brought forth?’”
Thus says the Lord, The Holy One of Israel, and his Maker:
“Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; and concerning the work of My hands, you command Me. I have made the earth, and created man on it. I — My hands — stretched out the heavens, and all their host I have commanded.
I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways; He shall build My city and let My exiles go free, not for price nor reward,” Says the Lord of hosts.
The Lord, the Only Savior – Thus says the Lord:
“The labor of Egypt and merchandise of Cush and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over to you, and they shall be yours; they shall walk behind you, they shall come over in chains; and they shall bow down to you.
They will make supplication to you, saying, ‘Surely God is in you, and there is no other; there is no other God.’”
Truly You are God, who hide Yourself, O God of Israel, the Savior!
They shall be ashamed and also disgraced, all of them; they shall go in confusion together, who are makers of idols. But Israel shall be saved by the Lord with an everlasting salvation; You shall not be ashamed or disgraced Forever and ever.
For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited:
“Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you who have escaped from the nations. They have no knowledge, who carry the wood of their carved image, and pray to a god that cannot save. Tell and bring forth your case; yes, let them take counsel together.
Who has declared this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I, the Lord? And there is no other God besides Me, a just God and a Savior; There is none besides Me.
He shall say, ‘Surely in the Lord I have righteousness and strength. To Him men shall come, and all shall be ashamed who are incensed against Him. In the Lord all the descendants of Israel shall be justified, and shall glory.’”
Isaiah 47:4 As for our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name, The Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 48:17 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.
Isaiah 49:7 Thus says the Lord, The Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, to Him whom man despises, to Him whom the nation abhors, to the Servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and arise, Princes also shall worship, Because of the Lord who is faithful, The Holy One of Israel; And He has chosen You.”
Isaiah 52:10 The Lord has made bare His holy arm In the eyes of all the nations; And all the ends of the earth shall see The salvation of our God.
Isaiah 54:5 For your Maker is your husband, The Lord of hosts is His name; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.
Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Ezekiel 39:7 So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane My holy name anymore. Then the nations shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.
Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the unholy, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
Daniel 4:8-9 But at last Daniel came before me (his name is Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god; in him is the Spirit of the Holy God), and I told the dream before him, saying: “Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, because I know that the Spirit of the Holy God is in you, and no secret troubles you, explain to me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and its interpretation.
Daniel 4:18 “This dream I, King Nebuchadnezzar, have seen. Now you, Belteshazzar, declare its interpretation, since all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known to me the interpretation; but you are able, for the Spirit of the Holy God is in you.”
Hosea 11:9 I will not execute the fierceness of My anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim. For I am God, and not man, The Holy One in your midst; And I will not come with terror.
Mark 1:24 saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”
Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.
1 Peter 1:15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;
Revelation 4:8 Each one of the four living creatures had six wings and was full of eyes all around and inside. They never rest day or night, saying: “Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God, the All-Powerful, Who was and who is, and who is still to come!”
Revelation 15:4 Who will not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name, because you alone are holy? All nations will come and worship before you for your righteous acts have been revealed.
God is Sovereign
God is Holy
God is Omnipotent – All Powerful
God is Omniscient – All Knowing
God is Immutable – Unchanging
God is Love
God is Eternal
God is Infinite
God is Self-Sufficient and Self-Existent
God is Triune – Trinity
The Holy Spirit
God is Omnipresent
Learning to See God for Who He Is and to Worship Him in Sincerety
The Names of God
The Trinity, TRIUNE GODHEAD
Know that the Lord, He is God
Jesus is The Gift of God
God is Great
God the Great King, Shepherd, Physician, Messiah
God is Great and There is None Like Him
God is Greater than Man
God is Great in Power and Might
God Gives Great Gifts and The Joy of the Lord is our Exceedingly Great Reward
God is Great in Love, Mercy, Kindness, and Grace
God’s Great Wrath and Indignation
God Must Be Praised for His Greatness
God is Good
God’s Creation is Good
God Gives Good Gifts
God’s Plans for Us are Good