In Isaiah 43:3, Jesus announces, For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior...Holiness can be attributed to only one God. None of the other gods are holy. No other baby ever born received this title.
In 1 Samuel 2:2 Hannah declares as she prays: There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides You; there is no Rock like our God.
We also declare, Jesus Messiah, Yeshua HaMashiach is Holy. He is our god, the One we worship and the One we love. But, what does ‘Holy’ mean? It isn’t just behavior or dress.
There was a ‘holiness’ movement in the past where those involved were to live entirely without willful sin. However, outward appearance and behavior played a larger role than inward heart change. There were rules about dress, hairstyles, makeup, no dancing, no smoking, no drinking, no profanity, no movie watching or card playing, and on and on and on.
In my New King James “New Spirit Filled Life Bible,” Steven Fry writes a couple of paragraphs about the word holy. Here are some quotes:
“Holiness is separation from everything profane and defiling; at the same time, it is the dedication to everything holy and pure.” (the word profane actually means something common, not distinctly set apart as different or sacred)
“This is more than His simply demanding righteous standards or dutiful behavior. It is the clear call to make the ultimate choice of abandoning ourselves to that one purpose: to let God be God through us…”
And according to Philippians 2:5-11, this is exactly what Jesus did. Paul clearly described how Jesus, the Creator of all and one with God, chose to lay down His position, titles, and privileges, to be born as a human, and experience life with us. He, in essence, offered Himself to God for Him to use. His entire mission in life was to do God’s will, destroying the work of the enemy, who separated us from God and reconcile us to Abba.
Let’s look at the word HOLY in Hebrew. It is Strong’s #6918 and it looks like this: And it is defined as sacred, holy, Holy One, a saint, set apart. If you go on to the primitive root #6942, it defines holy as being ceremonially or morally clean, to consecrate, dedicate, purify, or sanctify.
How about the letters? Let’s see, reading from right to left:
Quf 100 = Election of God’s chosen ones, set apart as holy. Means: Holiness, Consecrated, Divide, sun on the horizon, Back of the Head, Make a Complete Circle, End of a Cycle, Final, Behind, Dome
Dallet 4 = Earth or creation. Means: Door, Gate, Impoverished man, to come from indicates a pathway, a place of decision, or an entrance to life or death.
Vav 6 = Man. Means: Nail or Hook, to Secure, Pin together, Connect – Yeshua
Shin 300 = Victory of good over evil, Holy Spirit. Means: Teeth, Fire, the Fire of God to consume all His enemies, Devour, Destroy, Something Sharp.
To be HOLY is to be chosen and set apart by God as holy (Quf). It is to be a doorway or entrance to life or death(Dallet). (To be HOLY brings Death to worldly mindsets and self-centered ways and new Life in God and His ways.) To be HOLY re-connects with God. (Vav) In Him, there is victory over evil and destruction of all of His enemies (Shin) – enemies to His holy Kingdom living.
Jesus is 100% holy. He never lies and always speaks the truth. He is love through and through and all He does is based on love. He is faithful to what He’s promised. He isn’t one to forget His promises, in fact, Jeremiah 1:12 states that He is watching over His word to perform it.
He is the only holy God. No other god can make these claims and no other god is living.
His promises are recorded in the Bible. And for many of us, He speaks to directly or through prophetic people with other promises. He prepared good things in advance for us to walk in and enjoy (Ephesians 2:10) and He is going to see us through to completion.
When our lives get bombarded by circumstances and stress and doubt threatens to take over, look up and focus the only self-existent eternal holy God.
A line is being drawn today. Where do you stand? Remember who you are and Whose you are.
As we light candles and sing Christmas carols tonight ushering in the celebration of His birth, let’s remember He was in the world but not of it. And, He is calling us to that same walk. Only in Him, can we be holy. He is our holiness. The Holy One of Israel, is our Bridegroom King. May we walk in oneness with Him.