Pastor Shane Ham : God is Holy

The Godness of God · 55:50 · Recorded July 21, 2019

God is Holy

Psalm 113:5-6 (NIV) Who is like the LORD our God, the One who sits en-throned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth?

Psalm 89:8, 14-15 (NIV) O LORD God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O LORD, and your faithfulness surrounds you. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.

Isaiah 6:1-8 (NIV) In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory." At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. "Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty." Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for." Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

Encountering God’s Holiness:

1. His holiness overwhelms us with his perfection.

1 Samuel 2:2 (NCV) "There is no one holy like the LORD. There is no God but you; there is no Rock like our God."

Isaiah 40:25 (NKJV) "To whom then will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal?" says the Holy One.

Job 42:5-6 (NIV) "My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes."

Mark 4:39, 41 (HCSB) He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Silence! Be still!" The wind ceased, and there was a great calm… And they were terrified and asked one another, "Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey Him!"

2. His holiness strips us of our ego.

Philippians 3:5, 7-8 (NLT2) I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done… for his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage…

1 Timothy 1:15 (NLT2) …Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—and I am the worst of them all.

3. His holiness shows us our need for grace.

Revelation 6:16-17 (HCSB) They said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of the One seated on the throne…and who is able to stand?"

Exodus 33:18-19; 34:6-7 (NRSV) Moses said, "Show me your glory, I pray." And he said, "I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, ‘The LORD’…" The LORD passed before him, and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, yet by no means clearing the guilty, but visiting the iniquity of the parents upon the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation."

Romans 3:26 (NCV) And God gave Jesus to show today that he does what is right. God did this so he could judge rightly and so he could make right any person who has faith in Jesus.

Romans 3:26 (KJV) … that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (TLB) For God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God’s goodness into us!

4. His holiness supernaturalizes our character.

Personal holiness means – “I’m wholly God’s!”

Making your approach:

Ask God, “Show me your glory.”

Respond humbly.

Be changed.

  • Pastor Shane talked about the “otherness” of God. Taking what you’ve learned about God in this series, as well as what you know about him from personal experience or study, how would you describe this “otherness” to someone who doesn’t know him or have any real concept of who he is?

  • In point #1, Shane described the perfection of God and then talked about God’s “threatening” perfection. What does that mean to you? Do you easily see and fully accept all the attributes of God? That he is both just and merciful? Both wrathful and forgiving? What challenges you in this area?

  • Think of the song, “Changing Me” and reread Isaiah 6:1-8. We can see that Isaiah is changed from a good man and obedient prophet to a man who recognizes God’s “otherness” and is changed by it. Have you experienced that? Do you want to, or are you somewhat fearful? Spend time in prayer this week putting it all before God and asking him to remove any fear and to “show you his glory.”

  • Continue on your own! Has this series sparked a desire for a greater understanding of who God is in all of his glorious perfection? Here are a few resources to help you continue to better know the One you love:
    *None Like Him – 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Image, by Jen Wilkin
    *In His Image – 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing), by Jen Wilkin
    *The Attributes of God, by A.W. Tozer
    *Lord, I Want to Know You, by Kay Arthur

  • Elementary Parents, today the bottom line we shared with your kids is when you believe in Jesus, you don’t have to worry. Life is full of things that can be worrisome, even for kids, but we can trust that Jesus is with us every day no matter what’s happening. Ask kids: Who found themselves in a very difficult situation in our Bible story? (Paul & Silas) What was the difficult situation? (They had been thrown in jail for teaching about Jesus) Paul and Silas chose to trust God in the middle of their difficulties. We can do the same!

  • Great Things

  • Goodness Of God

  • Jesus We Love You

  • Changing Me

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