Tuesday 19 June 2018
Isaiah 6: 3-4
“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.”
The holiness of God is the most unavoidable thing about him!
In the Hebrew language that Isaiah used, saying a word twice magnifies its meaning greatly. In Isaiah 26:3 the word “peace” is used twice in the Hebrew, but in English we translate it “perfect peace”.
If saying “holy” twice would mean “perfect holiness”, what a huge emphasis it is when the angel says “holy, holy, holy”! Exposed to the fullness of God’s being, that angel is overwhelmed with the inexpressible, unavoidable, irreducible, unutterable, perfect holiness of God and the fact that the holiness of God is his glory. In a voice that shakes the massive foundations of the temple he cries out,“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory.”
Isaiah never forgot it. The holy ‘different-ness’ of God became one of the great themes of his life. When you treat God as holy, people around you notice it.
God wants to help you see his holiness today. Take some quiet time and just think about what Isaiah saw and heard, and ask God “the LORD of hosts” to show you his holiness.
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