Recently, I was digging around some of my old boxes of books and notes, and I found a quote that helped to shape everything I believed later in my walk with Christ. I don’t even remember who said it. Anyway, that teacher said,
Everything begins with God. We don’t understand the full significance of anything until we understand its relation to God. He was the one and only fact a trillion centuries before the universe or man existed. He is absolutely unique because he alone is infinite, unchanging, eternal. He is infinitely more important than any man or woman. His value is supreme. He is in a class by himself. And he is more worthy, ten thousand times more worthy, than any other class of beings.
As a new believer, that was something I needed to learn. Soon after that, I read Isaiah, and when I got to the 40th chapter, I saw a confirmation of that original quote:
Who has measured the water of the sea with the palm of his hand
or measured the sky with the length of his hand?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a bushel basket
or weighed the mountains on a scale and the hills on a balance?
Who has directed the Ruach Yahweh
or instructed him as his adviser?
Whom did he consult?
Who gave him understanding?
Who taught him the right way?
Who taught him knowledge?
Who informed him about the way to understanding?
The nations are like a drop in a bucket
and are considered to be like dust on a scale.
The weight of the islands is like fine dust.
All the trees in Lebanon are not enough to burn an offering.
Its wild animals are not enough for a single burnt offering.
All the nations amount to nothing in his presence.
He considers them less than nothing and worthless (Isaiah 40:12–17)
If we are willing to admit that our God is Holy, we have to accept that his character is unimpeachable. He can never be charged with anything wrong — and that he abhors what is evil. As Habakkuk 1:13 says: “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil, and you cannot tolerate wrong.”
All the evil in the world offends the Holiness of our God and is preparing our world for a cataclysm of divine vindication. The zeal of God burns for the holiness of his great name. Ezekiel 36:22, 23:
Say to the house of Israel, thus says the Lord God: “It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations . . . and the nations will know that I am the Lord, says the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.”
God loves his holiness with infinite love and cherishes his purity. This is the starting point for understanding God and man and the world. If we don’t start here everything goes askew. If we don’t feel a sense of awe and fear and admiration for the infinite holiness of God which opposes evil with wrath and fury, then all of our other feelings and thoughts will be defective at best.
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple. Above him stood the Seraphim; each had six wings; with two he covered his face; and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:
“Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
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