2017-08-06 - Exodus ~ The Joy of Foolishness
Exodus 3, Verse 5: First, God informed Moses he was on Holy Ground. The ground was made Holy by God’s presence. It was holy, that is set apart for God’s use. This is why we as believers are to be holy, as God is holy. We are to be set apart for His work.
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”” (1 Peter 1:13–16).
Dr. McGee correctly interprets this call to holiness in 1 Peter by noting:
“Our God is a complete, wonderful personality. Although you and I are mere human beings, we can be full grown; we can reach maturation … As Christians, we should be growing spiritually … What can produce this kind of growth?” 4
This is the question: How can we demonstrate holiness in our lives? What isn’t holiness? What is? I think we need to place more focus on the process of growth and moving towards God, than, as is frequently the case, focusing on what “Christians” don’t do.
Meanwhile, back at the bush: As a sign of humility, and recognition of the holiness of the place of God’s presence, Moses was instructed to remove his sandals.
Study to be continued.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.