“Exposing the Exodus”
The Holy Place (Chapter 3 Verses 4-5)
It is the place where God is present, therefore it is holy. We know of course that God is present everywhere so we can relate to him anywhere. But it is amongst his gathered people that he is especially present on earth. If that is so ought we not in such circumstances to remove the shoes from our feet? No, not literally, but spiritually, in our hearts. The Psalmist both asks and answers an important question in this regard, “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart” (Psalm 24:3-4). It’s not that God forbids Moses, on the contrary he calls him. But Moses isn’t ready yet. He doesn’t yet recognise the presence nor discern the nature God. But the learning curve has been entered. There will be times in the future when he come to this place again and again, to intercede for others. Is not this such a revelation as the church needs today, to see the throne. To God high and lifted up, in awesome holiness, to see her own defilement (Isaiah 6:1ff)? The presence of God is not just holy, but powerful, dynamic. It has a moral effect upon the recipients of his self-revelation. The knowledge of the Lord always leads to moral change. Our greatest problem today in the church is we gone way too far in seeking please the world and ourselves, and not God. We have lowered the standard, we have accepted less than the real conversion that leads to the moral change required by a righteous and holy God.
We are called to be as God is, a holy people. Initially, fundamentally by faith in Jesus Christ, but a faith that works, in life and practice. That we are forgiven and cleansed is wonderful, but that’s not the end, just the beginning. It is the start of an active life of opposing sin, by God’s Spirit and word. Striving against the remaining indwelling sin, living the covenant life of obedience to the Lord who loved us, washed us, and made us his own. Sin is an intrusion into God’s world, and so is never acceptable to him. On mount Zion God raised a standard against evil, he has declared war against it, it is going down, he will utterly destroy it. So let us who are termed his special people (1Peter 2:9), have nothing to do with it. Today! Sanctify yourself!
(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)