Over the past week I have been gripped by thoughts of God’s holiness. These thoughts have been shaped by dwelling on some of the most high and holy moments found in Scripture. I didn’t engage in a deep Bible study. In fact, I simply meditated on the Holy Spirit’s description of moments where God’s holiness left a life changing imprint.
What began as a journey to seek and search, transformed into a breathtaking adventure that stirred in me, feelings of awe, brokenness, and humility. Even greater is the lasting awareness and assurance of being loved by the most holy, pure and magnificent being that exists.
I invite you to take this adventure. I encourage you to spend the next week stepping into scene after scene of God’s overwhelming holiness. Don’t simply read. Engage. See the images and scenes. Think about those who literally experienced and saw these things. What did they experience and feel? Lastly, allow God’s Spirit to speak to you. I am going to briefly describe the path I took and you may use it as a road map or you may approach the passages in a completely different sequence. Whatever path you choose, I pray you will be impacted by God’s holiness.
My journey began in the Holy Place with Zechariah in a story that is found in Luke 1. Zechariah had the once in a life time blessing of burning incense on the altar of incense in the temple. The altar of incense stood in front of the veil to the Holy of Holies. In Psalm 141:1-2 and Revelation 5:8 we see that burning of incense is symbolic of the prayers of God’s people. Gabriel, the archangel, appeared and told Zechariah his prayers had been answered. Zechariah and Elizabeth, even though they were old, would be blessed with a child. Not just any child. A child who would be the prophet who would go before the incarnation of the Most High. Now that was a holy moment! There is so much more to this story but I want to leave that for you to dwell on. Be sure to drop by Exodus 30 along your way and see about the importance of the blood applied to the altar of incense.
The next stop is Exodus 3:1-6 and Moses standing on holy ground.
From there move on to Exodus 34:29-35 and read about God’s radiance on the face of Moses.
Take a look at 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 where God’s glory filled the temple and was so thick the priests couldn’t perform their duties.
Listen to the prophet Isaiah’s response when he saw the Lord high and lifted up and seated on the throne and His robe filled the temple in Isaiah 6:1-6.
Visit the Mount of Transfiguration with Peter, James and John in Matthew 17:1-13.
Finally travel with John as he sees Jesus standing among the seven golden lampstands in Revelation 1:9-20.
There are many other holy moments and events described in Scripture. You may wish to meditate on some others as well. I would love to hear about what the Holy Spirit reveals to you on your journey through visions of His Holiness. Please feel free to email me at [email protected]