1 Samuel 2:2 NKJV
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The word Holy is usually defined as sacred in relationship to God. Holy in Hebrew is kadesh and it means set apart for a purpose (https://firmisrael.org/learn/hebrew-meaning-holy-set-apart-for-purpose/).
The root word for holy in English stems from the German word heilig which means blessed (https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/holy).
We learn in I Samuel 2:2, “No one is holy like the Lord, for there is none besides You, nor is there any rock like our God.”
In my mind, God defines Holy because God is holy. Only God is pure and sacred. Only God is truly blessed. In Exodus 3 when God spoke to Moses through the burning bush the name God gave to Moses to identify who appeared to him was I AM. IN Exodus 3:14 we are told, “God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: `I AM has sent me to you.'"
There was no word that accurately identified God. The best description was and is, I AM…
God is the ultimate HOLY.
The truth we face is that the Holy, pure, set apart, and sacred creator God interacts with creation.
God walked in the Garden with His creation and in Genesis 3:8 Adam and Eve hid from God because they had been disobedient. “And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.”
They saw God’s sacred purity and they knew they didn’t want to face God.
I’m sure we’ve all been there with our parents or maybe with a teacher. When we disobey it’s human nature to hide and run so we don’t have to face them. We often don’t want to admit what we’ve done.
Suddenly, when Adam and Eve heard God walking in the Garden their sin was before them. The holy light of God revealed their darkness.
The prophet Isaiah wrote about humanities Spiritual adultery in in Isaiah 57. In verse 15 he wrote, “For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
God IS Holy.
But this Holy Sacred God chose to be in relationship with His creation.
We need to recognize and understand who God IS. We recognize God is HOLY. God is LOVE and God forgives. Isaiah speaks of those who have a “contrite and humble spirit” before God. As we recognize and understand God’s holiness and His forgiveness, we bow before Him.
We see our faults.
We know we have missed the mark.
When we admit our faults and we humble ourselves before God, He “revives” the “heart of the contrite ones”.
Holy God who loves His creation made the ultimate sacrifice for His creation by sending His Only Son, His Holy Son, to revive the hearts of the contrite.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
When we unpack John 3:16 we need to understand the theology of a triune God. God is one. God is Father, Son, and Spirit. They are one. When I used to do children’s sermons I taught one God, three parts by using an apple.
An apple is one. It has three parts. An apple has a core, meat, and a peel.
God is One with three intersecting parts.
God loved the world, He sent His Son to make a way for us to have eternal life. God sent His Spirit into the world to be a helper. We read in Acts 2:2-4, “suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
God the Father is Holy. God the Son is Holy. God the Spirit is Holy.
In addition to what we know of God’s holiness, scripture tells us there is more to come.
Revelation 4:8 says, “The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying,
“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”
In God’s appointed time we will see God’s holiness. In this section of Revelation, the writer John is caught up and taken to heaven. In verse 8 he sees four living creatures worshipping God day and night continually. That’s just a part of what heaven will be like.
It’s difficult for us to completely envision Holy God but we get glimpses of God’s Holiness when we spend time worshipping this God we serve.
Today’s Spiritual Practice is: Worship
Take time to worship God. It can be praise through prayer or songs. Just worship Holy God.
In God, Deborah