Remembering God’s Holiness
In thinking back to the Israelites in the wilderness, we remember that the first generation’s disobedience cost them the Promised Land. Because of their rebellion and sin, none from the generation that left Egypt was permitted to enter the Land God said He would give to His people, except Joshua and Caleb. The multitudes died in the wilderness, and only their children after them entered.
God is holy. He is merciful and kind, but He is also holy. Moses was only permitted to see God’s back as His glory passed by – otherwise, he would die. A High Priest improperly prepared to enter the presence of God in the Holy of Holies would die. The man Uzzah died when he touched the Ark of the Covenant, even though merely reaching out to steady it on its journey back to Jerusalem. Yes, God is holy.
As Believers in Yeshua (Jesus), we do live in the grace of the New Covenant Yeshua established with us, but sometimes we can allow the comfort of His acceptance through Yeshua (Jesus) to obscure the truth of His holiness. The more we recognize God’s holiness, the more accurately we see the marvel of His grace. We are left humbled and in awe – and so very grateful – all of which are keenly appropriate responses.
“‘To whom then will you liken Me? Or who is My equal?’ says the Holy One.” ––Isaiah 40:25
Today, take some time to meditate on God’s holiness. Reflect on His utter purity and goodness. Think about what your life would be like without Him. Then, praise Him for the enormity of His love that would move Him to bridge the gap between His holiness and our sin so that we could walk in relationship with Him.
“Rejoice in Adonai, you righteous ones, and praise His holy name.” ––Psalm 97:12