Monday, December 20, 2021

Advent Words Day 23 ~ Holy

Day 23: Holy

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory.” Isaiah 6:3

Isaiah’s repeated use of the word holy reveals that God is infinitely holy. He is above all else and sacred in every way. Throughout the Bible we are told that God’s name is holy. In the biblical world one’s name embodied one’s character. So holy is who God is. Every part of His character flows from His holiness. His love is holy love, His faithfulness is holy faithfulness, His justice is holy justice, and on and on. Holy is who God is. Holy is His name.

Throughout the Bible God’s creation and His deeds point out His holiness.  Mary expressed this in her song of praise in Luke 1:46-55.

“…for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.Luke 1:49

The expression of God’s holiness in His deeds and in His creation is expressed in Psalm 105:1-5, just one of the many times this is expressed by the Psalmists.

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
    make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
    tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength;
    seek his face always.

Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced.”


The whole earth is full of His glory, holy is His name, glory in His holy name!


The Bible also says that not only is God holy, but He calls His people to be holy as well. His people live out His holiness.


“Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.”  Leviticus 19:2


“Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16


“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14


Our response to God’s holiness is to live as His holy people revealing His holiness to the world.


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