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Daily Bread - May 16, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 16:55
Leviticus 19:2 - Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel,
and say unto them, "You shall be holy; for I, the LORD your God, am Holy."

The Holiness of God - Part 3

God is identified as being Holy more than by any other word used to
describe Him. God's holiness is revealed in His judgments, His statutes,
His commandments, and His decrees. His holiness is revealed through His
devotion to love, purity, and eternal life. In fact, even as the essence of
God is holiness, the essence of holiness is love. Therefore, by
understanding His love, we can more fully understand why He is at war
against everything that is evil and sinful. God's holiness defines life and
how that life can exist forever. All of life flows from the holiness of
God, as a river flows from a fountain's head. All of His goodness, being
the expressions of His nature of holiness, shine with the beauty of His
life: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, kindness, goodness,
meekness, humility, mercy, forgiveness, compassion, righteousness,
faithfulness, and purity. Those things we would refer to as the fruits of
the Holy Spirit bring to us a more complete revelation of the holiness of
God. Even though the entire Bible provides us with a revelation of God's
holiness, the more specific expressions of His holiness were first captured
in a song in Exodus and continued into Revelation (Exodus 15:1-11;
Revelation 15:3-4).

Who is like unto you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, glorious in
holiness, Fearful in praises, doing wonders? (Exodus 15:11)

And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the
Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty;
RIGHTEOUS and TRUE are your ways, King of the holy ones. (Revelation 15:3)

When God began to define the limits on how close men could come to Him,
more of the sacredness of His holiness was revealed (Exodus 3:5-6, 19:1-25,
24:1-18). The first time God revealed His holiness by Name was when He
called Moses. It would be through God's interaction with Moses that we are
able observe how God prepares a man to approach unto Him, and imparts
holiness so that a man can fulfill His will. The fire of God was the means
by which God captured the attention of Moses. That same fire lit within
Moses the passion to know and interact with the One Who made all things. It
was that fire that drew Him near unto God where He could encounter God's
holiness, be touched by the power of His presence, and be empowered by His
Word to represent Heaven. From the moment that Moses encountered the
holiness of God, he no longer lived for himself, but entered into the realm
of the sacred and became an instrument of righteousness in the hand of God.
This would only be the beginning of the revelation of holiness God would
give to Moses. God would ultimately stand outside of the midst of the fire
and uncover His glory and describe Himself more fully to Moses saying, "I
am merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and
truth" (Exodus 34:6). God is the opposite of a tyrant who demands to have
everything his own way. God is the Keeper of all that pertains to life, and
the goodness and longevity of it. Life, and everything in it, is sacred to
the Lord. Unless men walk in the ways of God, they are only defiling and
abusing that sacredness and goodness of life.

Blessed is everyone that fears the Lord and walks in His ways! (Psalm 128:1)
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