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Daily Bread - June 9, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 09 June 2018 09:29
Exodus 29:44-45 - And I will make the tabernacle of the congregation holy,
and the altar. I will also make both Aaron and his sons holy to minister to
me in the priest's office. And I will dwell among the children of Israel
and will be their God.

God's Holiness Given To Man (Part 3): The Encounter
The nature of God must be honored and participated with so that the
holiness He gives is not violated. Therefore, God gave His commandments to
His people to not only instruct them in the way of life, but also to offer
protection to them. God made the nation of Israel holy and gave them His
commandments and the rituals that foreshadowed the redemption by Christ
Jesus so that they might remain in His holiness (Exodus 28:43; Numbers
15:40; Deuteronomy 28:9; Hebrews 10:1-10). God demands that His people, "be
holy, even as He is holy." And under the law, this was accomplished by
their willingness to behave as He described through the laws which He gave
(Leviticus 11:44, 45, 19:2, 20:26; cf. Isaiah 5:16; 1 Peter 1:15-16). If
the holiness of God was desecrated and the blood rites not performed, God
would not dwell in the midst of His people. As a result, His glory would
depart, and there would be no holiness (Exodus 29:43; 1 Samuel 4:21). If
the people of God defiled themselves and refused to repent, then His
presence would depart, and He would deliver them over to their enemies.

-What we can be certain of is that holiness is given to man through their
encounters with God.

When anyone is touched by His presence, they are touched by His holiness.
God's holiness cannot be earned by good deeds or the religious efforts of
men, but it can be defiled if they are unwilling to obey what God demands.
The encounter Isaiah had helps us to understand how holiness is imparted
through an encounter with God. In Isaiah's encounter with the holiness of
God, he recognized he needed more holiness than he had already received. He
found himself in danger, because he was in the temple with uncleanness upon
him. When he saw the Lord high and lifted up, and the seraphim crying,
"holy, holy, holy," he suddenly felt he did not belong. In the midst of
such awe, he cried out, "I am destroyed (undone)!" In the light of his
encounter with the supreme holiness of God, he discovered himself still
impure by comparison (Isaiah 6:5). Yet, in his cry unto the Lord, his
impurity was removed from him by the holiness transferred from the altar of
God (Isaiah 6:6). God, in His mercy, quickly remedied Isaiah's impurity so
his lips could be as pure as the seraphim. The seraphim, by the command of
God, took a coal from off the altar of incense and touched his lips so the
sin could be taken away and the iniquity purged. Now, his lips also could
offer the incense of praise that was heard from the seraphim. His lips and
his voice could utter the pure and heavenly sounds of God's message of
judgement to a nation who refused to hear (Isaiah 6:7-13).

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you! (James 4:8)
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