Separation—found ninety-seven times in eighty-eight verses
Variations: separate, separated, separateth, separating, separation
Defined: As an adjective, it is something that is detached or kept apart; as a verb, it is the act of pulling apart or detaching from.
First usage: Genesis 13:9 (separate)
Last usage: Jude 19 (separate)
Interesting fact: Moses expressed that God separated Israel from the other nations not because of their outward actions. They were separated because God accompanied them: “For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated” (Exodus 33:16). The believer understands today that the cross of Christ separates us “by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Galatians 6:14).
Bible study tip: The Bible is a peculiarly one of a kind book. The words contained within scripture are certainly purposeful, but the opposite holds true too. The Lord chooses to omit words just as He chooses to insert particular words. When scripture seems to read somewhat awkwardly or especially when words appear to be missing, consider why the Lord uses this method to emphasize or deemphasize something.
For example, John 6:11 says, Jesus “distributed [the loaves] to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down.” One would think the scripture would say, “and the disciples distributed to them that were set down”; however, the omission of the second verb distributed in the latter phrase serves a divine purpose. By omitting the second distributed, the disciples’ role in the matter is deemphasized while the greater emphasis points to the fact that the blessings all came from Jesus. What a wonderful truth! 2 Kings 4:5 offers an additional example as it abruptly ends with “and she poured out.” Did the woman only pour out the oil or the blessings of God?
Sunday, Day 281—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 282—The Command to Separate
Tuesday, Day 283—Separation Because of Separation
Wednesday, Day 284—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 285—The Dual Nature of Separation
Friday, Day 286—Grounds for Separation
Saturday, Day 287—Have No Fellowship
Day 281: Church Day
2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,