Zeḵaryah/Zechariah 14:20-21 “In that day “SET-APART TO יהוה ” shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. And the pots in the House of יהוה shall be like the bowls before the altar. 21 And every pot in Yerushalayim and Yehuḏah shall be set-apart to יהוה of hosts. And all those who slaughter shall come and take them and cook in them. And there shall no longer be a merchant in the House of יהוה of hosts, in that day.”
In speaking of the Reign of our Master and Elohim, Zeḵaryah was clearly prophesying of the pure set-apartness of the House of יהוה, where everything in His House will be set-apart to Him! When יהושע went into the Set-apart Place of Elohim and drove out all those buying and selling in the Set-apart Place, and overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who sold doves, He was foreshadowing this Day that Zeḵaryah was prophesying about, and made a clear point of how serious He is about His House! (Mattithyahu/Matthew 21:12).
יהוה is a jealous Elohim and He serious about His House and so should we be too, after all we are the Dwelling Place of Elohim:
Qorintiyim Aleph/1 Corinthians 3:16-17 “Do you not know that you are a Dwelling Place of Elohim and that the Spirit of Elohim dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys the Dwelling Place of Elohim, Elohim shall destroy him. For the Dwelling Place of Elohim is set-apart, which you are.”
The Dwelling Place of Elohim is set-apart, and that which is not set-apart will have no place in His House! We are called to be set-apart as He is set-apart, so that He will come and dwell in our midst forever, and we are therefore given clear instructions all throughout Scripture on how we are to live set-apart lives and make ourselves ready as a Bride prepared for the soon return of our Husband and King. We serve a righteous Saviour and King, and as we stay in Him, so that He stays in us, we recognise the urgency of our need to pursue set-apartness and keep our lives free from the stain of anything that is not fitting for His House. In a message tonight called, “יהוה REIGNS AND SET-APARTNESS BEFITS HIS HOUSE!’, let us be reminded of the clear call for complete set-apartness that we are to walk in as we hold firm to the hope we have in our Master and King! Turn with me to Tehillah/Psalm 93 (Read)
This Tehilla/Psalm is a powerful praise of our great King, as it expresses acknowledgement and praise for יהוה’s “Kingship” – (verses 1-2), His “Might” – (verses 3-4), and His “Government” – (verse 5). In a nutshell, we can see the powerful acknowledgement and praise of the only One and True Mighty King who reigns forever. As ambassadors we are to boldly and confidently proclaim His reign that is coming, which simply states the following: We serve a King, who is Master over all, His Kingdom is coming and His Kingdom has rules to live by, rules that we live by here and now as we follow, lovingly obey and delight in His Torah that He has given to us and made clear to us through the life, death and resurrection of our Mighty Husband and King, יהושע Messiah!
The key phrase that struck me this week, which I continued to meditate on, is that which is given in verse 5 which says,
‘Set-apartness befits Your house, O יהוה, forever’.
The full acknowledgement and praise of the supremacy and providence of our Mighty Master and Elohim should cause us to continually be aware of the set-apartness that is expected of His royal, called out and chosen priesthood, and here in verse 1 we see the clear praise given by the psalmist of the sure truth that it is יהוה Himself that will come and reign here on earth. The Hebrew word translated as ‘shall reign’ is the verb מָלַךְ malaḵ – Strong’s H4427 which as a verb written in the ‘Qal’ tense meaning, ‘to be or become king, to reign, appointed to reign’, and from this word we get the noun מֶלֶךְ Meleḵ – Strong’s H4428 meaning, ‘king’. When יהושע was confronted by Pilate and asked if He was the sovereign of the Yehuḏim, He asked Pilate if he said that by himself or did others tell him about יהושע. He then told Pilate that His reign was not of this world, otherwise His servants would have fought and he would not have been delivered to the Yehuḏim. Pilate then asked the rhetorical question, “You are a sovereign then?”, to which יהושע replied, “You say it, because I am a sovereign. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
Pilate then asked יהושע, “What is Truth?” Truth was standing right before him and he did not recognise the voice of the True King, that was indeed coming soon to reign!
יהושע was ‘born for this’! He is the everlasting King and was born into this world to become the King who shall reign here on earth! And here we see the praise of our Mighty Elohim and King being given by the Psalmist in this Tehillah, declaring the One who “forever reigns” would come to reign here on earth – that is to say, as he proclaims in this Tehillah, that יהוה Himself would put on excellency and strength, and He would gird Himself and come into the world that He has established and is immovable!
This is a declaration of a Kingship that is from everlasting to everlasting – a Kingship that is from the beginning and will always be, and this Kingship is coming into the very world that this King created for Himself!
Verse 2 clearly proclaims that His throne is established from of old and that יהוה is from everlasting. As I meditate on the power of the praise being given here of our Mighty and Magnificent King, I cannot help but get stirred with great praise for our King, and His coming reign that He will firmly establish here on earth, of which we have been privileged to become ambassadors of, right here right now! We need to be continually reminded that the only way to be true ambassadors of this coming reign, is to live set-apart lives, as we are the Dwelling Place for His Spirit that is in us, which we have from Elohim, and we are not our own, and having been bought at a price, we are to esteem Elohim in our body and spirit! (Qorintiyim Aleph/1 Corinthians 6:19-20) For set-apartness befits His House!
While His reign is not of this world, we need to remember that we serve a Mighty Elohim and King who reigns over all creation, and His Kingdom reign is coming into this world – a reign that will be governed by His Torah, of which we are able to faithfully proclaim through compete set-apartness NOW!
Any deviation from the set-apartness that is called for in His House, will render us unfit for His House and anyone who is unfit for His House will not enter into the reign of the Heavens that is coming down here to earth!
This past week, as I did the chronological chart on the various kings that reigned over the two Houses of Yisra’ĕl and Yehuḏah, I discovered a powerful picture that is wonderfully set forth when looking at the overview of the earthly kings that reigned. When Shemuʼěl was old Yisra’ĕl asked that he appoint for them a sovereign to rule over them like all the other nations, and this was evil in his eyes, and יהוה then told him to listen to their voice, for they had not rejected Shemuʼěl but had rejected יהוה from being their King! There were 3 kings before the two House split occurred – Sha’ul (a wicked king from the tribe of Binyamin), then Dawiḏ to whom יהוה promised that his throne would be established forever through his son Shelomoh, prophetically preparing the way for יהושע Messiah to come and take up the throne and reign of the Heavens here on earth! After Dawiḏ Shelomoh, his 10th born son, reigned, after which the kingdom was split into two Houses. As one looks at the kings from the time of the split we take careful note that the House of Yisra’ĕl had a total of 19 kings, and the last king to reign over the House of Yisra’ĕl was – הוֹשֵׁע Hoshěa – Strong’s H1954 which means, ‘salvation’. The total number of kings that reigned over the House of Yehuḏah was also 19! While some may argue that there was 20, we must take note that the 7th reign that was established over the House of Yehuḏah was not by a king but by a wicked queen – עֲתַלְיָה Athalyah – Strong’s H477 which means, ‘afflicted of Yah’, who reigned over the House of Yehuḏah for 6 years. The 19th king of the House of Yehuḏah was – צִדְקִיָּהוּ Tsiḏqiyahu – Strong’s H6667 which means, ‘Yah is righteous’.
The last kings of both Houses were wicked kings, and I found it very interesting that both Houses had 19 kings, which I do not think is a coincidence but is rather a very powerful preparation for the True King to come and take up His rightful position of rulership that had once been rejected by a stubborn and rebellious people! The last two kings to rule the two Houses names mean ‘salvation’ and ‘Yah is righteous’! This too is no coincidence as we recognise that these two were wicked kings, yet there names proclaim who the True righteous King and Saviour of all Yisra’ĕl is – and that is יהוה our Elohim whose throne is established form of old! He always was, and always will be the King of Yisra’ĕl , yet in terms of the two Houses of Yisra’ĕl and Yehuḏah that only he, by His Blood can make One again, He is the 20th King of the House of Yisra’ĕl , as well as the 20th King of the House of Yehuḏah. This in itself is a very prophetic number that declares our ability to take refuge in our King, as He is the One who fights for us, and establishes us. 20 years old was the age where men would be enlisted to fight and from which the fighting men would be numbered! In Him, we are able to be counted worthy of the reign of Elohim. With יהושע being born for this – that is to take up His everlasting position as King here on earth as it is in the heavens, in a manner of speaking by being the 20th king of each House, He is collectively in a metaphoric sense the ‘40th king’, and we are therefore able to see the fulfilment of testing being completed in our Master, so that the true Righteous Saviour can rightfully establish His everlasting throne here on earth!
In verses 3-4 we are able to recognise the psalmists praise for יהוה’s might and power that exceeds all His creation and the exhibitions of the most powerful objects in nature. He is mightier than the raging seas, which He stills with His voice!
This is a Mighty King that we serve, aměn!
In Verse 5, after having praised יהוה for His Kingship and His Might, the psalmist closes with great praise for יהוה’s established order and governance, as He declares the trustworthiness of the witnesses of יהוה that makes clear what is fitting for His House – and that is set-apartness! In Hebrew the last words of this Tehillah could be taken to mean, “יהוה (is) forever and ever,”, similar to verse 2 which states that He is from everlasting. This Psalm makes clear from the beginning to the end that יהוה reigns, He is from everlasting and He is forever! He is the same yesterday, today and forever, and His standard does not change! Set-apartness always has and always will be that which befits His House! יהוה who lives in His House among His people has spoken His unchanging Word, which clearly teaches us that those who desire to dwell in His House know that set-apartness is an unchanging requirement, hence His very clear and loud call for His Bride to come out from that which is not set-apart and be separate!
Set-apartness befits His House! The term ‘befits’ is translated from the Hebrew root word נָאָה na’ah – Strong’s H4998 which means, ‘to be comely or befitting, lovely, be beautiful’.
This verb denotes the state of being beautiful or suitable, and is only used 3 times in Scripture. It is applied in Shir HaShirim/Song of Songs 1:10 to the cheeks of a beautiful woman, and then in Yeshayahu/Isaiah 52:7 to the ‘pleasant’ feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who proclaims deliverance, and who says to Tsiyon, “Your Elohim reigns!” We are to be proclaiming the reign of our Elohim, and we do so with great beauty as we guard His Word and keep His Feasts, as we recognise that ‘feet’ in Hebrew is often a term that relates to the guarding of the Feasts of יהוה, and the only way to keep His Feasts is to do them as He has commanded us to, in complete set-apartness without compromise! Sadly we find many today who claim to proclaim the reign, yet do not guard His Feasts as commanded, as they try to take shortcuts and excuse their way out of simply doing what is commanded, and think that their actions are deemed acceptable, when we are clearly told that it is only set-apartness that befits His House! Any deviation from the clear plumb-line of the Word of Elohim is not set-apartness, and this we need to be clearly reminded of. Anyone who claims to walk in our Master and Elohim, yet fails to keep His Sabbaths and Feasts as they should are clearly not living set-apart lives and are therefore in severe danger of not being built up as living stones into the Dwelling Place of Elohim, and risk the reality of being thrown out into outer darkness as worthless servants, and there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!
The term ‘set-apartness’ in Hebrew is from the word : קֹדֶש– qoḏesh/ko-ḏesh – Strong’s H6944 – and it means ‘apartness/ consecrated/ dedicated/ that which is dedicated and separated unto יהוה’. The word is really self-explanatory and carries with it great weight in its identification of truly setting something or someone apart from another with a clear distinction of being marked as separate and apart from the rest.
Set-apartness in the Greek is ἁγιασμός hagiasmos – Strong’s G38 – ‘consecration, sanctifying’, and the noun is the word ἅγιος hagios – Strong’s G40. To ‘consecrate’ means ‘to make or declare to be set-apart and be devoted to a purpose with the deepest irrevocable dedication’.
Due to the ‘perfect’ and ‘complete’ work of our Messiah and King, we are able to be perfect and set-apart before Elohim, for that is what we are called to – to set-apartness, and having been grafted into the Covenants of Promise by the Blood of Messiah that cleanses and washes us, we are now called to be a called out people who are ‘perfecting’ set-apartness in the fear of Elohim! How then are we to ‘perfect’ our set-apartness in the fear of Elohim? By walking in THE PERFECT TORAH!!!
Qorintiyim Bět/2 Corinthians 7:1 “Having, then, these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and spirit, perfecting set-apartness in the fear of Elohim.”
Ya’aqoḇ/James 1:25 “But he that looked into the perfect Torah, that of freedom, and continues in it, not becoming a hearer that forgets, but a doer of work, this one shall be blessed in his doing of the Torah.”
Looking into the ‘perfect’ Torah and continuing in it – that is to be one who guards to do what is instructed in it – shall be blessed – for it is the Perfect Torah that enables us, through application, to perfect our set-apartness!
Tas’loniqim Aleph/1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 “For this is the desire of Elohim: your set-apartness! – that you should abstain from whoring, 4 that each one of you should know how to possess his own vessel in set-apartness and respect, 5 not in passion of lust, like the gentiles who do not know Elohim, 6 not to overstep and take advantage of his brother in this matter, because the Master is the revenger of all such, as we indeed said to you before and earnestly warned. 7 For Elohim did not call us to uncleanness, but in set-apartness.”
How do you excel in your set-apartness? Well for starters – abstain from whoring – so that you know how to possess your vessel in set-apartness and respect and not do as the nations do. The reason to excel still more in the Master is because of our desire to please Him.
To be set-apart we must not be found to be whoring after the nations as Yisra’ĕl did and were vomited out by the land! The word used here in Tas’loniqim Aleph/1 Thessalonians 4:3 for whoring is πορνεία porneia – Strong’s G4202 meaning, ‘fornication, immorality, sexual immorality’ and comes from the word which means harlot, prostitute and we get our English word ‘pornography’ from this word. Now while we must clearly heed the literal and physical meaning here, in that we must not engage in any sexual activities that are unlawful and abominable, what we can also learn from this is that running after the world’s ways of the flesh and doing what the world does can also be seen as whoring after other mighty ones; especially when one’s attempt at worship conforms to a fleshly man-made systemised form of worship that is against the manner of worship that is clearly prescribed in the Torah. As the Bride of Messiah we are to keep ourselves ‘pure and undefiled’ and not be found whoring after the flesh.
We are to be found to be doing the desire of Elohim – which is set-apartness, for then we can be built up in Him and be His dwelling Place and family of our great King:
Marqos/Mark 3:35 “For whoever does the desire of Elohim is My brother and My sister and mother.”
On the turban of the High Priest there was placed a plate of clean gold with the engraving: SET-APARTNESS TO יהוה, and this signet was to always be on the head of the High Priest for acceptance of the children of Yisra’ĕl before יהוה. As our High Priest and King, יהושע Messiah makes continual intercession for us, we recognise our need to perfect set-apartness, as we His body submit to Him as our head and Master that leads us in set-apartness!
There are many verses that instruct and teach us to bow to יהוה in the splendour of set-apartness, and we are to give thanks at the remembrance of His set-apartness, and ascribe esteem to Him is the splendour of set-apartness.
Tehillah/Psalm 29:2 “Ascribe to יהוה the esteem of His Name; bow yourselves to יהוה in the splendour of set-apartness.”
The Hebrew word for ‘splendour’ is הֲדָרָה haḏarah – H1927 which means ‘adornment, beauty, array, attire, honour’, and this highlights for us the need to be adorned with His beauty – His set-apart garments of righteousness, as we worship Him who is set-apart. This word also expresses the understanding of something that is seen publicly and not only represents an adornment for royalty but also the actions that are worthy of royalty, highlighting for us the need to be active in our loving-commitment and having the fruit of our lives resulting in the beauty of set-apartness.
In keeping in line with the concept of being adorned with the beauty of set-apartness, as seen in our daily walk I was reminded of a sobering picture that teaches us our need to be bold and steadfast ambassadors who proclaim the reign of the heavens. This is seen in the life of the prophet Yeḥezqěl who was told the following:
Yeḥezqěl/Ezekiel 24:15-17 “And the word of יהוה came to me, saying, 16 “Son of man, see, I am taking away from you the desire of your eyes with one stroke. But do not mourn, nor weep, nor let your tears run down. 17 “Groan silently, make no mourning for the dead. Bind your turban on your head, and put your sandals on your feet. Do not cover your upper lip, and do not eat man’s bread of sorrow.”
The next day he spoke to the people in the morning and in the evening his wife died, and he did what he was commanded – he bound the turban on his head and put his sandals in his feet, becoming a sign to the wicked and adulterous children! The command to have the Torah evident in our lives, and meditating day and night in it will give us the ability to walk steadfast in the shalom of our King amidst a crooked and perverse people, no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in! This is a sobering picture given to us indeed, and one we should carefully consider! We are not to go around moaning and groaning at life’s hardships but rather be immovable in our set-apartness and always ready to give an answer, as faithful ambassadors, for the hope we have in our Master and Elohim that is coming to establish His reign here on earth. As a royal and chosen, called out priesthood we too are to have set-apartness bound to us, in a manner of speaking, as we walk in the Torah with great joy and delight, being led forth in the peace of our King, and be able to do this faithfully before many who are clearly stubborn and rebellious! In Yoḥanan/John 17 יהושע prayed that while we are not of this world and are hated by the world that we should not be taken out of this world but that we would be kept from the wicked one, and be set-apart in Truth, and His Word is Truth! This is a very powerful picture which shows our need to be a light and be the salt of the earth – by being set-apart in His Truth, perfecting our set-apartness in the midst of a world that hates us because of the Word, and bringing the Good News of the Reign, and doing so continually without compromise, as we boldly represent that which proclaims life and not death!
יהוה reigns, and His reign is coming, and in fact is now already here, as we as faithful ambassadors proclaim His reign in splendour of complete set-apartness – for that is the only thing that befits His House!
Are you ‘adorned’ in Him, and are you expressing His greatness in all you do, or have you become tired and bored as a result of whoring after fleshly garments? Being dressed in the ‘splendour’ of set-apartness must also teach us that when we comes together and gather in His presence, we are to come adorned with the beauty of a joy-filled praise, and not with the weight of anxiety, stress and worry! Do not come unprepared with long faces into his presence – prepare yourself and be adorned with joyous reverence that is able to give all praise and esteem unto Him!
To ascribe and bow in set-apartness before יהוה requires proper preparation, a preparation of being clothed in the set-apart garments of righteousness and throwing off the weight and sin that entangles!
As the Dwelling Place of Elohim, as living stones that are being built up, a spiritual house, a set-apart priesthood, to offer up spiritual slaughter offerings acceptable to Elohim through יהושע Messiah, let us be urgent in perfecting set-apartness, for:
יהוה REIGNS AND SET-APARTNESS BEFITS HIS HOUSE!
As we give thanks at the remembrance of the SET-APARTNESS of our Great and Mighty King, may we be reminded to be set-apart as He is set-apart, being fitted and equipped for every good work, having our feet fitted with the preparation of the Good News of peace, as we walk in complete obedience without compromise!
As you look intently into the mirror of the Word, what do you see? How confident are you in declaring a complete set-apartness that befits the House of Elohim being evident in your life? Are there any areas of compromise that have or are hindering your pursuit in perfecting your set-apartness in Him? If so, then be reminded that He reigns and His is forever, and the only things that befits His House is SET-APARTNESS – so go on and pursue apartness without which no one shall see the Master!
יהוה bless you and guard you; יהוה make His face shine upon you and show you favour; יהוה lift up His face to you and give you Shalom