Be Ye Separate

New September Study

September 1

  1. This year’s September study is on being separate, being called out, living in the world and not of it.
  2. We’ll be looking at all those things first through the verses that command us to live in that way and then going through the lives of the saints of old seeing how they lived it out (or didn’t).
  3. Today, I want to look at a few words. We find these especially in the book of Exodus, holy, sanctified, and consecrated. They are very similar.
  4. They come up time and time again in the discussion of the tabernacle and the priests. God is going to dwell there, so it must be holy, and those that enter must be holy. OR THEY DIE.
  5. Moses’ brother Aaron is chosen for the task and his sons after him.
    • Exodus 28:1  “Call for your brother, Aaron, and his sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. Set them apart from the rest of the people of Israel so they may minister to me and be my priests.”
  6. The priests are to be set apart. In the New Testament, all Christians are called priests.
    • 1 Peter 2:5-9  You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ … But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
  7. And that’s the crux of what are words mean, holy, consecrated, sanctified, set apart.
  8. Here are the Strong’s definitions for the words in Exodus 29:37 translated as holy.
    • apartness, sacredness; to be set apart or consecrated
    • The same exact word in Hebrew (apartness, sacredness) is translated as either sanctify or consecrate in this verse (in the varying translations).
  9. Sanctify and consecrate are like the verb forms of holy. They mean to make holy, to set apart.
  10. God is holy. We are called to be holy. 1 Peter 1:16b  “You must be holy because I am holy.”
  11. That’s your calling, to be holy. That means you are called to be separate. That’s the calling we’ll be seeking to understand.

Definitions: holy, consecrated

Verses: be ye separate, come out

Abraham – left home and never gets to promised land (lives as a foreigner there)

has to leave without knowing

shown later, if you want to see the kingdom, first you leave behind

Lot – leaves with Abraham, then chooses by sight (life saved, loses wealth), lives separate from culture even though enjoying the benefits of culture – has to leave it

Wife – if wanted to save life, would have obeyed angel, wanted to save her cultural life

Noah – long-term faith

Moses – leaves status – family, son of chief

Rahab – calling, leaves culture (scriptures in two places)


Ruth – leaves culture, religion, family, doesn’t listen to those saying turn back

Matthew – calling, first gospel, left work

Simon, Andrew – costs, but gives back more

Philip (Nathaniel) – called and comes, brings others

Young Ruler – like Lot’s life, too much to lose

Zacchaeus – gives up wealth, followed the same calling “son of Abraham,” calling same for all

Paul – position, family, security, future


Rapture – final separation

The one who calls is faithful