My Lent Words 7: Holy enough to hide

If qados was about brightness yesterday, today is about distance. Not just a physical or geographical distance but a sense of otherness.

‘This is what the high and lofty one says – he who lives for ever, whose name is holy: ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit…’’ (Isaiah 57:15)

The big surprise of holiness is that whilst the Bible says how holy God is even the Old Testament says that God is willing to be approachable and to make ordinary people holy.

‘But the man who makes me his refuge will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain.’ (Isaiah 57:13)

Even more than that is the surprise that God comes to be with us Emanuel (God with us).

‘Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.’ (Isaiah 7: 14)

Lord thank you that your holiness does not leave me hiding

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