The Holiness of God Part 1

King Uzziah – 2ndChronicles 26:1-23

  • Son of King Amaziah, he became king at age 16 and reigned 52 years. As long as he sought God, he prospered (2 Chr 26:5)
  • He had military success (26:6-7); His fame spread around the known world (26:8); He was a renown builder (26:9) and farmer (26:10); He had a large army and was an inventor of weapons (26:11-15)
  • BUT… “but when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction…” (26:16) and went into a place he wasn’t supposed to go to and did something that he wasn’t supposed to do and got leprosy (26:17-20). He died as a leper in 744 B.C.
  • His death was a blow to the people and even though his son would follow God, 16 years after his death, his grandson would sacrifice children to false God. (2nd 28:1-4)

God’s holiness – Isaiah 6:1-13

  • It was in a time of national sadness that Isaiah had a vision of God!
    • No matter what happens nationally, God is still God.He is still holy!
  • Seraphim mean, “burning or fiery ones” and they are the highest order of angels. They are/will be…

 

  • …praising God forever ( 4:8-9) giving Him glory, honor and thanks!
  • Holy, Holy, Holy” is the empathic shout showing that 1) God is holy 2) He is holier 3) He is holiest! (This could also be a representation of the trinity!)
  • His glory is a manifestation of His holiness!

His majesty = His beauty, excellency and honor

  • His throne and train – read Rev. 4:1-11

(His holiness defines His perfect morality and purity)

Isaiah’s response to God’s holiness

  • Woe is me!”; “I am undone”; “I have unclean lips”= Isaiah saw his sin in the light of God’s holiness and realized how messed up he was! Until we see our sin in this light we won’t realize how sinful we are!ReadIsaiah 64:1-7
  • God purged him of sin – angels came to him
  • He immediately answered the call to serve

Responses to God’s holiness

  • Moses in Exodus 3:5, “And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.”
  • Peter in Luke 5:8 when they caught more fish than they could handle after a draught in fishing…”When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
  • Paul inRomans 11:33-36
    • Who has known the mind of the Lord?
    • He deserves the glory forever

What this means for us!

  • In light of God’s holiness, we fall incredibly short of His holiness and should see our wickedness
    • Romans 3:10
    • Romans 3:23
    • Romans 5:8
    • Romans 6:23
    • Romans 10:9,10, and 13
  • Jesus’ sacrifice is our only hope
    • He is our justification
  • We should humbly serve Him (evaluate our pride)
    • “It was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind . . . As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you” – S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
  • His holiness helps us understand what He promises is true (we can trust Him). He is morally perfect and author of truth and His promises will come through for us!
  • Motivates us to be “on fire” for God!
    • “The happiest state of a Christian is the holiest state. As there is most heat nearest the sun, so there is most happiness nearest to Christ.” – Charles Spurgeon