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Contrasting the Sacred and the Profane

by | Feb 27, 2023 | Genuine Hope | 0 comments

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”

Isaiah 6:3

Earlier this week, wrote the word holiness at the top of my prayer list and since then I’ve thought some on the holiness of God. God’s holiness is difficult to completely grasp, what do you think? One article I read commented that “the Hebrew word for “holiness” is qōdes, a word that highlights the realm of the sacred in contrast to everything common and profane”

The sacred in contrast to the profane.

In the sixth chapter of Isaiah, the prophet witnessed God’s overwhelming holiness and I think the prophet’s response is telling as he recognized the gap between the sacred and his own life and then he repented.

And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

Isaiah 6:5-7

Isaiah was convicted of his own sin. He recognized that he was lost and without hope until he received God’s mercy. Think about how you would respond in God’s presence.


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