1Samuel 2:2 There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. (NIV)
Read Psalm 99 and Psalm 111 Both of these Psalms talk about the nature of God.
Read Isaiah 6 This chapter is where Isaiah is commissioned by the Lord to serve Him. The Seraphs recognized God’s Holiness, loudly. It was noticeably praiseworthy.
Can you just imagine being Isaiah and finding yourself in this situation? Here he is suddenly confronted with the holiness of God, he looks and sees the Seraphs who are regularly in God’s presence are not daring to look directly at God or stand on the ground in His presence. Isaiah expresses to us the idea, “I am certainly going to die!” After all, no one can look upon the Lord and live! Nothing can survive God’s presence if it is unclean!
The marvelous thing about God is that He can make things clean….God is the only one who can clean things up that others would think are beyond saving!
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 is an important prayer that the Jews say regularly:
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.
Note: There is only one Holy One, and that is God.
Psalm 89:5-7 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
5 Lord, the heavens praise Your wonders—
Your faithfulness also—
in the assembly of the holy ones.
6 For who in the skies can compare with the Lord?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord?
7 God is greatly feared in the council of the holy ones,
more awe-inspiring than all who surround Him.
Psalm 89:5-7 mentions the “holy ones”, which means those surrounding God in heaven….this would be, most likely, God’s other creation…the angels, seraphs, and cherubim.
Being Holy according to Unger’s Bible Dictionary is to be set apart, or separate from something. Truthfully, this definition falls far short of describing the Holiness of God. We in our humanity have no way to describe God’s Holiness. We are too self centered and judgmental. The only valid guidelines we have for what God’s Holiness is like are God’s guidelines. Since he is the Holy One and we are not, then shouldn’t we use his guidelines to establish what living a Holy life is to be like?
Job 4:17-21 “Can a person be more righteous than God,
or a man more pure than his Maker?” If God puts no trust in His servants
and He charges His angels with foolishness,
19 how much more those who dwell in clay houses,
whose foundation is in the dust,
who are crushed like a moth!
20 They are smashed to pieces from dawn to dusk;
they perish forever while no one notices.
21 Are their tent cords not pulled up?
They die without wisdom.
Eliphaz the Temanite in Job 4 has a very tough picture in his mind of who God is, doesn’t he? Yet, we know that God charged Eliphaz, and Job’s other friends with misrepresenting God to Job! However, Eliphaz’ attitude is very similar to our attitude toward God. We frequently charge God with characteristics that he does not have. We blame God whenever things go wrong in our lives. We blame God whenever things we have done, or others have done cause pain and suffering. If we cannot understand what is going on, then we blame God for not stepping in and “fixing it!” because he has the power to do so! The truth is that just because someone has the power to do something doesn’t mean that it is the right thing to do!
God is the Holy One, he is the only one who actually knows everything that is going on…the full picture! Only God knows when it is the appropriate time for him to step in and “fix things!” We don’t! We are not qualified to make that decision, as we are not the ones with all of the information.
God does not have the ability to sin…it is not in his nature. Sin is not Holy! Nothing that is unholy can be a part of God. That is why Satan who was the most beautiful and glorious angel in heaven was cast down along with 1/3 of the population of angels who threw in with him and sinned! God gave us free will and free choice, and he did the same for the angels in heaven. Truthfully, there can be no such thing as love without choice. Love that is forced is not love, but coercion. God wants us to love him and choose him freely and genuinely. That is the most Holy thing we can do.
It is true that God knows what choices we will make, but we don’t know what choices we will make. He didn’t give us free choice for his own benefit, but so that we may grow closer to him by our voluntary obedience to him.
In the Bible sometimes, men are called Holy men. This means they have dedicated their lives to serving God, and living faithfully to follow God’s direction for their lives. Even doing that we fall short of the Holiness of God. However, God loves us, anyway! He loves when we choose Him.
Only Jesus lived up to God’s standard of Holiness, being God in the flesh. That is what made him a perfect innocent sacrifice for mankind. Jesus told us that the two most important commandments are to Love God above everything and everyone and to love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves….our neighbor being our fellow man. Jesus gave us these as the two most Holy things that we humans can do. He said if we can keep these two commandments we won’t have to worry about any of the other ones. That is because the other ones will take automatically fall into place in our lives if we follow these two.
In Mark 1:21-24, during Jesus’ casting out of a demon from a man, the demon recognized Jesus’ Holiness and Authority as being that of God and in John 6:69 The disciples recognized Jesus’ as the Holy One of God.
Challenge: Make a personal scrap book, or journal of your journey towards being closer to God. You may use, poetry, stories, magazine pictures or articles, bible verses, anything that expresses your journey to know God. We should pursue God’s holiness in our lives.
Isaiah Chapter 6 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, and His robe[a] filled the temple. 2 Seraphim[b] were standing above Him; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.3 And one called to another:
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts;
His glory fills the whole earth.
4 The foundations of the doorways shook at the sound of their voices, and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 Then I said:
Woe is me for I am ruined[c]
because I am a man of unclean lips
and live among a people of unclean lips,
and because my eyes have seen the King,
the Lord of Hosts.
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said:
Now that this has touched your lips,
your wickedness is removed
and your sin is atoned for.
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying:
Who should I send?
Who will go for Us?
Here I am. Send me.
9 And He replied:
Go! Say to these people:
Keep listening, but do not understand;
keep looking, but do not perceive.
10 Dull the minds[d] of these people;
deafen their ears and blind their eyes;
otherwise they might see with their eyes
and hear with their ears,
understand with their minds,
turn back, and be healed.
11 Then I said, “Until when, Lord?” And He replied:
Until cities lie in ruins without inhabitants,
houses are without people,
the land is ruined and desolate,
12 and the Lord drives the people far away,
leaving great emptiness in the land.
13 Though a tenth will remain in the land,
it will be burned again.
Like the terebinth or the oak
that leaves a stump when felled,
the holy seed is the stump.
The King Is Holy (HCSB)
1 The Lord reigns! Let the peoples tremble.
He is enthroned above the cherubim.
Let the earth quake.
2 Yahweh is great in Zion;
He is exalted above all the peoples.
3 Let them praise Your great
and awe-inspiring name.
He is holy.
4 The mighty King loves justice.
You have established fairness;
You have administered justice
and righteousness in Jacob.
5 Exalt the Lord our God;
bow in worship at His footstool.
He is holy.
6 Moses and Aaron were among His priests;
Samuel also was among those calling on His name.
They called to Yahweh and He answered them.
7 He spoke to them in a pillar of cloud;
they kept His decrees and the statutes He gave them.
8 Lord our God, You answered them.
You were a forgiving God to them,
an avenger of their sinful actions.
9 Exalt the Lord our God;
bow in worship at His holy mountain,
for the Lord our God is holy.
Psalm 111 King James Version (KJV)
111 Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
2 The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
3 His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.
6 He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.
8 They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.
9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.