From Praying the Names of Jesus Week Eleven, Day Five
The title "Holy One of Israel" emphasizes God's uniqueness, otherness, and mystery as well as his call to his people to become holy as he is. The Israelites were to be set apart for God, devoted to his service, and committed to honoring his character by reflecting it in all their relationships. In the New Testament Jesus was recognized as the Holy One of God by demons who were threatened by his power and purity. As believers, we are called to reflect the character of Christ, to be holy even as he is holy.
When you pray to the Holy One of Israel, you are prying to the God whose holiness not only encompasses his sepration from evil, but his power, knowledge, justice ,mercy, goodness, and love.
The LORD said to Moses, "Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: 'Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.'" (Leviticus 19:1-2).
PROMISES ASSOCIATED WITH GOD'S NAME
If you had to choose between two substances—stone or flesh—which would you describe as "impervious" or "impenetrable"? The simple answer, of course, would be stone. But it seems that God found stone a far more malleable substance when it came to inscribing his law. To write his law on steely human hearts would take more than the display of divine power Moses witnessed on Mount Sinai. It would take the display of divine love witnessed on Mount Calvary—the death of Jesus.
Two thousand years later, God is still keeping his promise to put his law in our minds and to write it on our hearts. Because of Christ's perfect sacrifice, we not only know God's law but have the power to live by it.
Promises in Scripture
"This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel
after that time," declares the LORD.
"I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people." (Jeremiah 31:33)
. . . by one sacrifice he [Christ] has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: "This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, And I will write them on their minds." (Hebrews 10:14-16)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17)
Continued Prayer and Praise
Know that God is the Holy One. (Hosea 11:1-9)
Remember that without holiness, no one will see God. (Hebrews 12:14-29)
Praise Jesus because he is the Holy One. (Luke 1:35-36)
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