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Day 5 – God’s Holiness: The Whole Earth is Full of His glory

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Isaiah 6:1-3 (NIV) - In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, 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.”

Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV) - This, then, is how you should pray:

‘Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from the evil one.’

Reflection

To get a sense of how large something is we make comparisons with things a bit easier to understand. For example the distance from the Earth to the Moon is more than 3000 trips back and forth from Baltimore to DC, or 11 years of driving to and from work if that were our commute.

The first passage we read welcomes us to imagine this throne room of God that Isaiah witnessed. A large part of the description involves winged majestic beings called seraphim. As impressive as they are described, they are there to point to someone greater. We find that they are utterly humbled in the presence of our Holy God. They worship with faces covered calling out “holy is the Lord Almighty.” In this setting we catch something of this Holy God. The whole earth must be affected and the impact is not limited. Rather every part of creation is completely and utterly affected to be full of his glory.

Responding to the Transmission

In the second passage we have a prayer that Jesus himself gave us to pray. There is a intimacy as he invites us to come to our Father. He instructs us to ask and depend on him for our most basic needs. At the same time, this prayer carries the weight of a Holy God whose glory fills the earth and whose rule must impact all of creation just as we read in Isaiah. As we pray through this today, may God allow us to experience his Holiness that is not at all at odds with his coming close to us and allowing us to know him. Let’s ask that his kingdom would come. Let’s welcome his Holy presence in our lives and ask that he would impact every part of creation including people we care for.

Day 4 – God’s Holiness: Because of God is Holy, There is Real Lasting Love

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Day 3 – God’s Holiness: A Royal Priesthood, A Holy Nation

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Day 2 – God’s Holiness: Jesus, the Holy One

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Day 1 – God’s Holiness: There is No One like Him

Monday, September 23rd, 2013