What is Holiness?

Can You Make a Distinction?

 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20 

Image of Genesis 3Sacred and Profane ImageLight vs Dark


Two way street image

Right and Wrong. Precious and Worthless. Common and Uncommon. Life and death.


Clean and Unclean foods

                            Do you know what Clean and Unclean means?  Leviticus 11:47 

What is a Holy (Qodesh) Priest (Kohen) of YHVH?

…and so as to make a distinction between the holy and the profane, and between the unclean and the clean… Leviticus 10:10

YHVH’s Name means, He Exists, is Holy (Qodesh #6944) Set Apart, as in, Distinguished from the world, and His people are also to be Holy, Leviticus 11:44; 1 Peter 1:16.

His command to be Holy as He is Holy,  is obeyed by those who know what distinctions make us Qodesh, Leviticus 22:32.

YHVH appointed the tribe of Levi (meaning attached or to be joined) to be His priests.  His priests served in His temporary physical temple as the picture of His Lasting Spiritual Temple.  The Temple that resides within us; Ezekiel 37:27John 14:231 Corinthians 6:191 Corinthians 3:162 Corinthians 6:16Romans 8:9.

The Torah and Prophets were the only Scripture that existed at the time of Y’shua. Defining the duties of YHVH’s priests in great detail,  The very Scripture testifying about Y’shuaJohn 5:39.

YHVH has sworn and will not change His mind, “You are a Priest Forever According to the order of Melchizedek, (King of Righteousness).”  Psalm 110:4

Y’shua, the King of Righteousness, (Melchizedek).  Our forerunner and Priest ForeverHebrews 6:20.

Y’shua’s the King of Righteousness is Our High Priest

First, what exactly was the Ancient Hebrew meaning of a Priest or Kohen?  This definition comes from Jeff A. Benner’s Ancient Hebrew research:


While the priests of Israel were the religious leaders of the community this is not the meaning of the word kohen. The Hebrew word for the priests of other nations is komer from a root meaning burn and may be in reference to the priests who burn children in the fires of Molech (2 Kings 23:10). The word kohen comes from a root meaning a base such as the base of a column. The koheniym (plural of kohen) are the structural support of the community.  It is their responsibility to keep the community standing tall and straight, a sign of righteousness.

Strong’s: #3548

Now we all know what it means to be “a Column in the Temple,”   Revelation 3:12 

To understand our role as YHVH’s priests we must first understand the Hebrew word Echad,  John 17:23.  It describes the mystery of the Oneness and Unity of those who have Life in YHVH’s Spirit of Salvation, Y’hoshua.

When we know we have the same Life giving Spirit of The King of Righteousness living in us, it is a sign when we begin obediently living by His definition of what is right.

A Priest of YHVH Matures by Constantly Distinguishing

“But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained their sensibilities to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:14

“But when Christ/Messiah came as High Priest… He entered the greater and more perfect temple not made by hands (that is, not of this creation).” Hebrews 9:11

…”who has made Us to be a kingdom, priests to YHVH our Father–to Him be the glory and power forever and ever! Amen.” Revelation 1:6 

Revelation 5:10  “You have made them into a Kingdom of Priests to our God, and they will reign on the (reNewed) earth.”Matthew 5:5Psalm 25:13Psalm 37:9Psalm 37:11.

“… they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the cleanEzekiel 44:23

 “Her priests have done wrong to My Torah and have profaned My Holy (Qodesh) things; they have made no distinction between the holy and the profane/common, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. Ezekiel 22:26

He who justifies those who do bad and condemns those who do good, Both of them alike are an abomination to YHVH. Proverbs 17:15

You Know You Are A Holy Priest of YHVH When You Do What He Says

His Priests recognize the stains of the world.  They can tell which of YHVH’s instructions have been polluted, by man’s additions and subtractions.

“Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.” Proverbs 30:6 Deuteronomy 4:2Deuteronomy 12:32Revelation 22:18Revelation 22:19

They have learned to make distinctions between Good and Bad, Light and darkness, death and Life.  Those who serve/obey Him do not act like those who do not.

“So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.” Malachi 3:18.