Y O U N G P E O P L E ' S D I C T I O N A R Y O F S C R I P T U R A L • & • R E L I G I O U S T E R M S
Consecrate (or a form of this word) appears almost 70 times in the KJV Bible. It
means to dedicate something or someone for a special purpose. Usually, when
consecrate is used in the Bible, it means that someone or something is being dedi-
cated or given to God.
People and things, however, can also be consecrated for wicked purposes. This often
happened in wicked, Satanic cults and systems of idolatry that existed (and still do
exist). It also happens morally quite often in the world today. For example, many
professional entertainers have devoted themselves to using immorality and violence
to entertain others.
Samuel is a wonderful example of someone who was consecrated by his mother to
God for holy service. Hannah (Samuel’s mother), who had been earnestly praying
that God would give her a child, was so thankful when Samuel was born, that she
said: “Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be
lent to the LORD.” (1 Sam 1:28)
When something is consecrated it is wholly devoted to a cause, a way of life, or a
person. For example, the secret service agents who guard the President of the
United States, are totally devoted to keeping the president safe from harm. If an
attack were made on the president, the agents would place themselves in harm’s
way using their own bodies to shield the president while seeking to preserve his life.
In the Old Testament, certain animals were consecrated as sacrificial offerings to
Jehovah (Exo. 29:22). People were also devoted or consecrated to God and to His
service. The sons of Levi, for instance, (beginning with Aaron) were consecrated to
serve as priests in Israel, offering the peoples’ sacrifices to Jehovah (Exo. 28;41).
The Nazarite in Numbers 6 is another example of an individual (man or woman)
who separated themselves in order to be consecrated to God’s service.
It is this kind of whole hearted consecration which our Lord Jesus desires from His
dear people. The Apostle Paul tells us, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the
mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto
God, [which is] your reasonable service” (Rom. 12:1). Christians do not go through
a formal ritual of consecration as Aaron did in Exodus 28. It is a work in the heart
which causes a believer to willingly present themselves to the Lord to be used in His
blessed service according to His perfect will.
In Aaron’s day, only men of a certain age and from a certain family, could be conse-
crated to the service of Jehovah. Today, any believer of any age, can willingly offer
themselves to the Lord to serve Him.