Holy Moments Part Two
Memorable Words Hebrews
1 Samuel 3:1-18 ESV
Isaiah 6:1-8 ESV
Acts 9:1-12 ESV
Hebrews 9:24 ESV
Psalm 19:8 ESV
As we continue our memorable moments we look at others who had holy moments with God.
As a boy, Samuel experienced a rare Holy moment.
In 1 Samuel 3:1-18 we are told, “Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. And the Lord called again, “Samuel!” and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.” Then the Lord said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which the two ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. And I declare to him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.” Samuel lay until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. And Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” And he said, “Here I am.” And Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. And he said, “It is the Lord. Let him do what seems good to him.”
Samuel did not know the Lord when He called out to the boy, because the Lord had not been revealed to him by anyone. Still, when God called to Samuel several times, Samuel went to Eli, the High Priest. Eli realized God was calling the boy and he told Samuel what to say. It was a Holy moment for Samuel and God told the boy that the Lord would punish the house of a Eli forever because of their sin. In faith, Samuel told Eli what God revealed to him. God blessed Samuel and he became a Prophet and Judge in Israel.
Isaiah had a Holy moment when he had a vision. We know from Isaiah 6:1-8, “In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;the whole earth is full of his glory!”
And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
In the vision God reached out to Isaiah and Isaiah believed. His faith, given to him by God, grew and he answered God’s call.
It’s remarkable to me that when God asked the question ‘who will go’, Isaiah immediately volunteered and told God ‘send me!’ That was a holy moment.
God spoke and Isaiah resoundingly begged God to choose him.
In the New Testament, Saul was persecuting the people of the Way.
Then, we read in Acts 9:1-12, “Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.”
God had a plan for the people who walked the Way of Jesus.
Saul, renamed Paul was part of God’s plan and Jesus met him on the Road to Damascus.
In that Holy Holy moment, Jesus identified Himself to Saul. Saul was face to face with the person he had been persecuting!
That’s because God had big plans for Saul.
Fast forward to today. You are called in the same way Paul was called. God also has a plan for you.
We are told in Hebrews 9:24, “Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.”
I came across ( not by accident) a Hebrew scripture after morning prayers when I was about to write.
Psalm 19:8 says, “The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.”
We rejoice in the value and validity of scripture. By the hand and plan, Christ came and stands in heaven on our behalf.
The precepts or statutes of the Lord are reliable. They give us cause to rejoice because we can always count on them.
The commands of God are clear and give us insight.
Christ entered heaven and He stands before God the Father on our behalf. Twenty four seven through all eternity on our behalf, Christ intercedes for us.
Spiritual Practice : Go to Jesus
Take your burdens to Jesus. Take what you do not understand to Christ. Give to the Lord the things you do not know (the unseen) and know He sees and knows. Ask Jesus to show you the way.
In God, Deborah