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STUDY 4: THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL
Note: Tright here is a research here - http://www.jiyuushikan.org/bible-studies/knowing-god/1204-the-holy-one.html - that looks at God as ‘the holy one’ in a large variety of texts from both Old and New Testaments.
We have already seen in Isaiah’s vision that God is holy – indeed he is ‘holy, holy, holy’, that is, exceedingly holy. This is one of the major themes of Isaiah’s message. The impression of that vision continued to be with him ideal through his ministry - he repeatedly describes God as ‘the Holy One of Israel’, and, less frequently, ‘the Holy One’. This divine title occurs elsewhere only in three Psalms and twice in Jeremiah. It is evident that Isaiah’s vision of the holy God deeply affected him, and stayed forever before installed in his heart and mind. God, for Isaiah, is ‘the Divine One’, ‘the Holy One of Israel’.A. THE MEANING OF ‘HOLY’
Before we look at what Isaiah states about ‘the Holy One of Israel’ we need to understand what ‘holy’ implies.
In popular, modern, reasoning ‘holy’ means somepoint choose ‘extremely, exceptionally good’ in a moral sense. The word is assumed to be around morals and values. While morals/values are involved they are not the emphasis of the word ‘holy’. The necessary meaning pertains to separateness. What is ‘holy’ is ‘separate’ – unique from everything else. Unique. One of a sort. Not one of many kind of. Not simple. Not prevalent. Not for widespread use.
God is holy - Hebrew qadosh – tright here is no one else and also nopoint else prefer him.
And, because God is ‘holy’, whatever that belongs to God is additionally ‘holy’ (Hebrew qodesh) – in that it is collection apart/dedicated by God for his own distinctive usage and function. It is no much longer ‘ordinary’, no much longer for ‘common’ use.
Check these verses and identify what made a perboy or object ‘holy’ (sacred). Was it a moral/ethical top quality, or was it being consecrated/dedicated by God for his one-of-a-kind use and also purpose?Exodus 28:41; 29:21
Commenting on Isaiah 6:3 EJ Young wrote:
‘As supplied here, qadosh signifies the whole of the magnificent perfection which sepaprices God from His creation. God is the Creator who exists in absolute independence of the creature. He is the Lord, and not a guy. Although the development depends upon Him, He Himself is totally independent thereof. This is the heart and also core of Isaiah’s theology. Also consisted of in the word holy is an honest element, the believed of finish flexibility and also separation from what is sinful. The prophet appears to acknowledge this once in reaction to the cry he confesses his own sinfulness and also unworthiness. The One upon the throne is God, that exists distinct from and also in finish self-reliance from those whom He has created, and from all His production. He is likewise One whose eyes are purer than to behost iniquity, and also that will certainly in no wise clear the guilty.’ (EJ Young p242f).
Somehow or other we have to deliberately adjust our thinking every time we watch the word ‘holy’ – we need to sheight ourselves thinking it describes only a ethical top quality, and refocus on its necessary interpretation of ‘separateness’. In relation to God, ‘holy’ implies that tbelow is absolutely no various other ‘god’, nor anything else in the totality cosmos, that is choose him. He is absolutely and also utterly unique. This uniqueness is contained in God’s self-summary in Deuteronomy 6:4:
‘Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one.’
In the context of the syncretism and idolaattempt of Judah and also Israel this one truth – that God is ‘the Divine One’ – is exceptionally vital.B. ‘HOLY’ MEANS THAT GOD IS THE ONLY GOD
As currently indicated, the key aspect in holiness is separateness, uniqueness. Not only is tright here no various other God like God, tbelow actually is no other God. God is one-of-a-kind. He does not belong to a group of things called ‘god’.
This is a crucial principle in Isaiah.
B.1 God is the only GodIsaiah has no doubt that God alone is God.
Study these verses. How do they express the reality that God is the only God?41:10-13
B.2 God is absolutely different from idolsYet there are objects and ideas that civilization speak to ‘gods’, worshipping them and also serving them as if they were of the very same type as God.
Check these Isaiah referrals. Describe the comparison between God and idols.2:8
For deeper thoughtIt is frequently sassist ‘there’s just one God and also all roadways bring about God’. This statement is typically made in the conmessage of multi-culturalism, ‘tolerance’ and non-discrimination, and also multi-belief ecumenism. Similarly, it is likewise shelp that ‘God’ and ‘Jesus Christ’ are ssuggest Christian terms for what other religions term Allah, Krishna, Shiva and also so on. In other words, they are ssuggest different means of referring to the very same religious entity.
<1> From the verses in B.1 and B.2 above, explain:<1a> What is unbiblical about ‘all roads result in God’?
<1b> What is unbiblical about the idea that the gods of various other religions are the very same as the God of the Bible, yet making use of various names?
<2> How does Isaiah’s affirmation of the utter uniqueness of God stand also in comparison to and conflict via the contemporary secular mindset?
<3> What challenges does this geneprice for you as a 2first century Christian?
<4> Importantly, exactly how can you be certain that your ‘God’
<5> How does the presence of multiple and also differed ‘god concepts’ all approximately the globe confirm that the one true God does exist?
There is ssuggest no one and nothing prefer God. Any comparichild, any kind of attempt to liken God to somepoint else, inevitably drops brief. In Isaiah 40 two concerns are asked:
‘To whom, then, will you compare God?What image will certainly you compare him to?’
And twice the question is asked ‘Do you not know? Have you not heard?’
Isaiah 40:12-31 expresses amazement at the deep ignorance of God apparent in Isaiah’s hearers. It is an incongruous ignorance – an ignorance that should not have existed, an ignorance totally at odds through God’s historic revelation of himself to his people in word and also in activity from the extremely start of their history. While various other countries had actually not had actually the advantage of God’s intentional revelation of himself via background and also through proclamation, Israel and also Judah ought to have recognized what God was favor. They ought to have actually lived through a consistent awareness of his power, his sovereignty, his utter holiness. They ought to have actually known that he was much over compariboy via any type of so-dubbed ‘god’, via any type of political power, with any type of aspect of the produced human being.
Read Isaiah 40:12-31. From these verses what do you learn about God’s
Inequivalent power and also strength
Inequivalent creative, sustaining energy
Rather than anything or anyone being similar to God, whatever and everyone else have the right to just be contrasted to him:
God is uncreated: all else is developed.God is independent: all else is dependent.God is self-existing: all else is acquired.God is uncaused: all else is caused.
These and also comparable thoughts, but, are best addressed in the next study: The LORD Almighty.D. THE PRACTICAL RELEVANCE OF GOD’S HOLINESS
Isaiah describes God as ‘the Divine One of Israel’ in a number of clear contexts:
D.1 In relation to the sin of Israel.It is ‘the Holy One of Israel’ versus whom Israel has actually sinned. This highlights two things: <1> the incongruity of sin in the presence of such a Divine God, and also <2> the incongruity of the world of Israel sinning when their historic partnership to this Divine God is taken into consideration.
‘Ah, sinful country, a civilization loaded through guilt, a brood of evil doers, youngsters given to corruption! They have actually forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.’ <1:4>
It is exactly bereason God is ‘the Holy One of Israel’ that Israel’s sin incurs such scapoint condemcountry best via the Old Testimony. Who, in their right mind, would forsake, spurn and also rotate their backs on the God that is the just God? Who in their appropriate mind would certainly substitute synthetic gods for the one, true God?
If God was simply one among many type of gods then which ‘god’ to serve is just a issue of huguy choice. If God was a mere man-made object or idea, then it would certainly not issue at all which of these ‘gods’ a person decided to worship. But the holiness of God, the truth that he is the just God, renders forsaking him for somepoint else that is referred to as ‘god’, an very foolish and irrational alternative.
To forsake God, is to show that any kind of previous claim to expertise of God was false, and also that any kind of claim to confidence in God was likewise false. No one, really knowing, really believing in this God, would certainly forsake him.
Study these verses from Isaiah. Exsimple the incongruity in between the truth that God is ‘the Divine One of Israel’ and also the sin and also faithlessness of the civilization.5:18-25
D.2 In relation to mercy and redemption.Yet it is likewise precisely because God is the Holy One of Israel that he promises to act towards them in mercy and also redemption:
‘“Do not be afrhelp, O worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I myself will certainly aid you,” declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.’ <41:14> ‘so that world might see and also know, may think about and understand, that the hand of the LORD has actually done this, that the Holy One of Israel has produced it.’ <41:20>
Study these texts from Isaiah. Identify the acts of correction, redemption and also restoration that the Holy One of Israel undertakes for his world.30:15
Did you notice that the basis for these redemptive acts is not any merit in Israel? If huguy merit was the cause, then there would be no redemption, no restoration. God’s redemptive acts are an expression of who he is in himself: bereason he is ‘the Holy One of Israel’, bereason he is the sovepower LORD, because he is the Creator, the Redeemer, these are the points that he does.
D.3 In relation to repentance.When Israel concerns a place of repentance, it will be to the Holy One of Israel that they revolve, and in him aobtain will certainly they glory.
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‘they will acexpertise the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob, and will stand also in awe of the God of Israel’ <29:23b>.
Study these messages from Isaiah. How perform they express the truth that true repentance is (a forsaking of all various other so-dubbed ‘gods’, and) a transforming or returning to the one true God, the Holy One of Israel?10:20