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The Holiness of God [8-30-20]


GOD IS HOLY BEFORE HE IS ANYTHING ELSE.

From Genesis through Revelation, God's holiness comes up over and over again. Holiness is used more often as a prefix to God's name than any other adjective. Two men were given a glimpse into the throne room of heaven. Here's how they described it:

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” - Isaiah 6:1-3

And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” - Revelation 4:8-11

In its literary form, the Bible is very tuned in to numerical significance. Twelve tribes…twelve apostles…seven reflecting perfection…and the grouping of threes. No other attribute of God is repeated three times. Only His holiness. While the Bible says God is love, it never says He is love…love… love. But the Bible does say God is holy…holy…holy. That

means something.


Today we're going to look at truths about God's holiness that are so profound, they can cause us to tremble. As the old spiritual puts it, "Sometimes it causes me to tremble…tremble…tremble…were you there?" Isaiah was there. John was there. And they were shaken to the core. We will see and know why Job said what he said to God in Job 42:1-6:

Then Job answered the Lord and said: “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did n