And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.Isaiah 6:3
In this vision of Isaiah, he is allowed to see the glory of God as He is surrounded by seraphim who cry out to testify of the Lord’s holiness, while the foundations shake and smoke fills the room. This Hebrew word qadosh literally means “holy” or “sacred.” But is is important to get a clearer picture of what “holy” really means.
First, to be holy means to be perfect. Psalm 18:30 says, “As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him.” It seems that this verse challenges us and stresses to us that we are to see His “way,” or His directed path for us, is perfect. There is no other viable way to follow.
Next, to be holy means to be pure. “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure (1 John 3:3).” To be pure means to be free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind, like pure gold has no contaminates. This verse stresses that not only is His way perfect, as in the previous verse, but that God is the embodiment of purity: “He IS pure.” As we place our hope in the pure God, we purify ourselves, because He puts us through trials to make us like pure gold (Job 23:10), more like Himself.
Last, to be holy means to be The Proclaimer. As God is the creator of the universe and everything in it (John 1:3). Since He is the creator, He has the justification and the right to set the standard and declare what is right and what is wrong. Psalm 12:6 says that “The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.” Seven is the number of completeness – His words are completely pure and reliable. Then the Scripture also reiterates that “Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him” (Proverbs 30:5).
Notice the phrase “He is a shield” coupled with “He is a buckler.” It would be fair to say that He is also our Protector.
Let us meditate on the pure, perfect, proclaimer, and protector God who is absolute in His holiness. And He still loves us so…


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