9 Oct 2017-HOLINESS UNTO GOD-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese

9 Oct 2017-HOLINESS UNTO GOD-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese

“The chosen ones are the separated ones.” Rev. George Varughese

“The chosen ones live separated lives.” Rev. George Varughese

Verse Exodus 28:36

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16 And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 17 And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. 18 If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 20 In that day “HOLINESS TO THE LORD” shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. The pots in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar. 21 Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the Lord of hosts.[a] Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 14:16-20


35 And it shall be upon Aaron when he ministers, and its sound will be heard when he goes into the holy place before the Lord and when he comes out, that he may not die.36 “You shall also make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet: HOLINESS TO THE LORD. Exodus 28:36


Levites were chosen and set apart by God

13 “And you shall stand the Levites before Aaron and his sons, and then offer them like a wave offering to the Lord. 14 Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the children of Israel, and the Levites shall be Mine. 15 After that the Levites shall go in to service the tabernacle of meeting. So you shall cleanse them and offer them like a wave offering. 16 For they are wholly given to Me from among the children of Israel; I have taken them for Myself instead of all who open the womb, the firstborn of all the children of Israel. Numbers 8:13-16 


Levites were chosen and set apart by God

At that time the Lord separated the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister to Him and to bless in His name, to this day. Deuteronomy 10:8


Levites were chosen and set apart by God

12 “Now behold, I Myself have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of every firstborn who opens the womb among the children of Israel. Therefore the Levites shall be Mine, Numbers 3:12


Jesus was dedicated as a Nazarite

23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.” Matthew 2:23


Levites were dedicated as a Nazarite

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When either a man or woman consecrates an offering to take the vow of a Nazirite, to separate himself to the Lord, he shall separate himself from wine and similar drink; he shall drink neither vinegar made from wine nor vinegar made from similar drink; neither shall he drink any grape juice, nor eat fresh grapes or raisins. All the days of his separation he shall eat nothing that is produced by the grapevine, from seed to skin. ‘All the days of the vow of his separation no razor shall come upon his head; until the days are fulfilled for which he separated himself to the Lord, he shall be holy. Then he shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow. All the days that he separates himself to the Lord he shall not go near a dead body. He shall not make himself unclean even for his father or his mother, for his brother or his sister, when they die, because his separation to God is on his head. All the days of his separation he shall be holy to the Lord. Numbers 6:1-8


Samson was dedicated as a Nazarite

For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.” Judges 13:5


24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. Matthew 16:24-27

 

1. SELF DEDICATION / Dedication by Self (NT) Matthew 16:24-27

  • a. A wilful decision
  • b. To live a dedicated / set apart life for God
  • c. He / she becomes a ‘slave’ of God
  • d. He / she chooses / embraces the set of values required of them

2. GOD DEDICATION / Dedication by God (OT) Numbers 8:14

Part 1: Chosen by God

  • a. as His chosen nation / tribe
  • b. due to His holy will
  • c. for a specific task > temple the Levites
  • d. to live a separated life

Part 2: Response of the chosen ones

  • a. to realize and know that they have been chosen / set apart by God
  • b. to wilfully accept this
  • c. to wilfully live this way
  • d. by fulfilling certain ways of living

The Practical Way Forward:

1. The choice is our to reject or to follow

2. Our choice requires living a certain lifestyle – for God

3. This gels when God’s will gels with man’s will

4. God expects from us a long term commitment

 

REREFENCE

  • THE POSITION CALLED HOLINESS Psalm 24:3,4, Psalm 1:1,2
  • ENGAGING YOUR BODY IN HOLINESS 1 Peter 1:15, 1 Corinthians 12:12-20, Romans 12:1,2
  • 4 Oct 2017-THE COLOUR OF HOLINESS-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese Isaiah 1:18
  • 5 Oct 2017-THE FLOWER OF HOLINESS-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese Song of Solomon 2:1-2, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Isaiah 52:14
  • 6 Oct 2017-YOUNG HOLINESS-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese, Matthew 9:16-17, 1 Corinthians 2:9-12, Hebrews 12:5-11, 2 Timothy 2:3-7
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