THE HOLIEST OF ALL
What does Holy mean? There are different meanings applied to this word. Certainly God being Holy would not have the same meaning as His making a day or thing holy. Holy can simply mean to be separate, set apart for God’s use. When we look at the various applications used in Scripture for the many different things God calls Holy, we can understand its meaning. The first time God says something is Holy is in Exod. 3:5: “ Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”
The first command given for a Holy day is not the Sabbath but the feast of unleaven bread which commences on the first day of the week, the 2nd is the 7th day. Both are equal and called Holy convocations for Israel as they left Egypt. Exod.12:16-19: “On the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them.” In other words they are both HOLY and considered Sabbaths (rest days). However these were not to be repeated every week.
COMMANDS FOR HOLY DAYS
Lets look at what God calls His Holy days. Passover: Ex. 12:14-17; Lev. 23:16,23
2) 1st day of the 7th month: (Lev. 23:23-25; Neh. 8:1,9,11) 14th and 21st day of the 1st
month: Ex. 12:1,6,16 3).The 15th day of the 7th month: (Lev. 23:34-38) the Sabbath
day was first given to man in Ex. 16, 20:11 .
Those who did not keep the feast of unleaven bread Ex.12:12-13,19 and the Sabbath
Ex.31:14 are cut off for transgressing both days. The Death penalty is the same for each
day showing that they were of equal importance. Yet there was a death penalty applied to
other laws that were broken as well.
Both are called a “Holy” day Ex.12:16 Both are called “Holy convocations”. We
find both are connected with Israel's deliverance from Egypt. Lev.23:1-7 Both are “rest
days” Both are called a memorial Ex.12:14 Ex. 12:17 Strangers must keep both days if they
are within their gates of Israel Ex. 12:19.
Both the Sabbath DAY and the Passover Feast day are called “the Lord's” Ex. 12:11.
(Christ fulfilled both of these as our rest and lamb) the earth is “the Lords
“Ex.9:29 and the firstborn males Ex.13:12.
Both days are called an ordinance forever Ex.12:14. If one is obligated to keep
the Sabbath and decides to dispense with the other, they are breaking the commands. They
must be consistent and dispense with the Sabbath too, or keep both. We don't have the
freedom to choose under the law which to uphold.
The Sabbath day did not differ from other Jewish holy days. Because it is not the
only “holy day” in the Old Covenant. If we look carefully at “the holy days” in
Lev.23:1-7. All of these days are described as equally HOLY and high and to be kept as
eternal ordinances for Israel under the Old covenant. As long as the old covenant lasts
they (Israel) were to observe these Holy days.
There were 3 holy days required for all Jews to assemble in Jerusalem. These were just
as important as the Sabbath. The Passover (Exodus 12:14-20; Deuteronomy 16:1-6.) Pentecost
(Exodus 23:17 Exodus 34:22 Leviticus 23:9-21 and Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:34-44). On the
first day of the 7th month (not a Sabbath) we read In Neh. 8:9: “And Nehemiah, who was
the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all
the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God;” Obviously God considers
other days holy besides the 7th day Sabbath.
If the Sabbath day must be kept today because God blessed it and made it Holy, Shouldn't
we keep all of the other things that God made Holy. Why distinguish between them, when
there is no command to do so? All the law and its priestly functions were a unit. The
Aaronic priesthood, Ex. 29:21 and The Levitical priesthood, 2 Chron. 35:3 (which are
replaced by the Melchizedek order). The ark, 2 Chron. 35:3, the most holy place in the
tabernacle: Ex. 29:30-31, (Also replaced by Christ who is the true ark, the true
tabernacle who came from heaven). If the law is intact as a function for the believer all
these would need to be kept today. This poses a problem since they have been replaced by
something greater according to the book of Hebrews. This book was written specifically to
Jews who thought they could temporarily go back to the Old covenant and avoid persecution.
God calls numerous other items as holy and separate unto him. Things that are living such as people. Israel as a nation is called Holy, Exod 19:6: “And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”(Exod.30:31) The firstborn of the womb and the Levites are his, Num. 3:12-13 “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. V.13.... “I sanctified to Myself all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast.”
There are things that are not living that are also called Holy (separate). Holy
Fruit, Lev.19:23 , Lev 27:30 all the tithe of the
land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit
of the tree, is the LORD'S. It is holy to the LORD.” Holy
ground, Ex. 3:5 (wherever God's glory it is holy), the
garments, breastplate, tunic,
turban sash, Ex 28:2. Exod 28:6 the ephod
of gold blue purple, and scarlet thread, and fine
woven linen. The crown of pure gold, Ex. 29:6,
39:30, the holy oil, ointment:
Ex 30:25 , the vessels, Ex. 40:9; Num. 31:6; holy
Water, Num. 5:17 , the mountain, Isa.11:9, 1 King
8:4. Num. 7:1 Moses sanctified the tabernacle and all its furnishings. (all of these
are a typology of Christ all fulfilled in the person of the Messiah) tithes, Lev. 27:30
(replaced by giving our lives and giving cheerfully from our hearts) , Jerusalem
the city, Neh.11:1 (replaced by the new Jerusalem in heaven now) Sabbath day,
Ex. 20:11. (Replaced by the Lord of the Sabbath himself, every day we can enter into a
Sabbath rest) Numb.15:40. Remember to do all the commandments and “be
holy for your God.” Rom.7: 12 “Therefore the law is
holy, and the commandment holy.” There are many
other things that are not specifically called Holy but would be considered Holy. Marriage
of a man to a woman as well as Christ to his Church are both Holy.
The Most Holy
was not the Sabbath Day!
No where does the Scripture teach the Sabbath is the “most holy day of all.” Nor was it
the most Holy above any of the other things God made Holy. There were numerous articles in
the OT God called the most Holy. The Altar : Ex. 29:37 , the
Atonement : Ex. 30:10 , The articles, Ex. 30:26-29. The mixture is the most
Holy, Ex. 30:34-36 .The
grain offering : Lev. 2:3. The sin and trespass offerings,
Fire offerings, Lev.6:17,25, Lev. 21:22 the
bread of God , Num. 18:9 “This shall be yours of the most
Holy things reserved from the fire: every offering of theirs, every grain offering
and every sin offering and every trespass offering which they render to Me, shall be most
holy for you and your sons.”
The Holy place, Ex. 26:33 , The most Holy place (the inner sanctuary's compartment), 2 Chron. 3:8,10: 2Chron.31:14.
The tabernacle housed the holy of Holies which allowed the Holiest of all to be there,
his presence, God himself. Heb. 9:3 “and behind the second veil, the part of the
tabernacle which is called the Holiest
of All” It was considered the most holy because God himself was to appear
Lev. 16:2 and the LORD said to Moses: “Tell Aaron
your brother not to come at just any time into the Holy Place inside the veil,
before the mercy seat which is on the ark, lest he die; for I will appear in the cloud
mercy seat. Deut. 31:15 “Now the LORD appeared at the
tabernacle in a pillar of cloud, and the pillar of cloud stood above the door of the
tabernacle.” Does a day the Lord gives to commemorate his rest ever compare to the Lord
himself. Nothing God gives is greater than the giver himself. Nothing is more Holier than
The sacrifices, the Sabbath, the Tabernacle, the Priesthood were all intertwined in the
law and temporary installments until Messiah came ( Heb.8:13; Gal.3:19). All the law
revolved around the tabernacle and the priesthood functions. This is the very reason they
were destroyed. God sent a message it is over. It was temporary and given for one to be
brought to Jesus. Unfortunately there are many today who want to rebuild parts of it. God
gave us a pledge when we believed, he gave himself , the Spirit (Eph.1:13). This seal or
pledge will determine our eternal destiny, not what law we keep today.
When the whole tabernacle was replaced by the greater one. God made a point,
Heb.9:8-11 states “ the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All
was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.It was
symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which
cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience. concerned
only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time
of reformation. But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the
greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.”
The priest sacrificed because one sinned, this was related to the 10
commandments and also incorporated
into the 613. The fleshly ordinances were also included since they were
to be a guidance in
their life. The whole tabernacle was removed, it was a shadow, symbolic and unless it was
taken out of the way we could not enter in through the veil which is the true tabernacle,
his flesh. The substance is Christ, the shadows are the priesthood, sacrifices, days, the
tabernacle and the law.
The LORD IS THE MOST HOLY OF ALL, NOT a Day
In the Old Testament there were types and shadows of the true substance to come. Everything is pointing to Christ in typology, in symbolism, in prophecy. this includes the Sabbath.
Under the new covenant God gave the Spirit, He gave Himself to the believer, we now
operate from a relationship instead of from law.
Paul states we are the temple of God because the Holy .Spirit dwells in us (Rom. 8:9,
8:11, 1 Cor.3:16, 6:19) 2 Cor.6:16 “For you are the temple of the living God. As God has
said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God,
and they shall be My people. “This is exactly what God said to Israel and was his intent
all along. In Ex.29:45, God says he is “the Lord their God who delivered them out of
Egypt, that I may dwell among them.” Ex.25:8 “Let them make me a sanctuary, that I
may dwell among them.” 1 Cor.3:9 the church is the temple Eph.2:19-21 we are the
temple (the church), the dwelling of God. Jesus is the cornerstone and the apostles the
foundation stones Ps.118:2.
Rom. 6:19: “So now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.” Our whole body, mind and Spirit are to be set apart for God's use. The outcome should be vs.22 “But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.”
Rom. 12:1: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your
reasonable service.” Our bodies are now holy because of the indwelling presence of the
The new sanctuary replaces the old, and the new instructor is Christ through the Holy
Spirit, not through tablets of stone. God is the living instructor inside us by
His Word. To go back to the 10 commandments as our instructor means we must set up the old
tabernacle again. I for one certainly do not want to do that, Do You?