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Consecration

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The setting apart of people, things, times or places as sacred, for God to use.

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Consecration is the requirement of a holy God

Leviticus 20:7–8 ESV
Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. Keep my statutes and do them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you.
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The consecration of people

The importance of personal consecration

Romans 6:13 ESV
Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.

Inward consecration to God is symbolised by outward cleansing

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The consecration of all firstborn males

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The consecration of priests

Exodus 29:1 ESV
“Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests. Take one bull of the herd and two rams without blemish,
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The consecration of the Aaronic priesthood

Exodus 30:30 ESV
You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests.
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The consecration of the Levitical priesthood

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Special consecration is marked by a vow

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The consecration of things

Altars

Exodus 29:36–37 ESV
and every day you shall offer a bull as a sin offering for atonement. Also you shall purify the altar, when you make atonement for it, and shall anoint it to consecrate it. Seven days you shall make atonement for the altar and consecrate it, and the altar shall be most holy. Whatever touches the altar shall become holy.
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The use of oil in consecration:

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Offerings

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Garments

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Bread

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Meat

The state of consecration could be transmitted; True consecration should involve a right spirit.

Certain places are consecrated

Mount Sinai; the Tent of Meeting

The tabernacle:

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The temple:

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Certain times are specially consecrated

the Year of Jubilee

The Sabbath:

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The consecration of daily life

The reference may be to grace before eating.
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Consecration as preparation for work and worship

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Consecration to other gods incurs God’s displeasure

Isaiah 66:17 ESV
“Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following one in the midst, eating pig’s flesh and the abomination and mice, shall come to an end together, declares the Lord.
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