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Importance of God’s Holiness         ashes to show my repentance” (Job 42:5-6
          In the Lord’s pattern for prayer, we   NLT).
        learn the order of Christian priorities. The   Holiness: Definition
        matter foremost in the Lord’s mind was   The secular meaning of “holy” in society
        the holiness of God: “After this manner   equates to “righteous.” However, the
        therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in   biblical definition of the term is different.
        heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Mat 6:9   The law of first mention teaches us
        KJV). Would that be the first and foremost   much about the meaning of a particular
        concern in our prayers?              truth. The first time the word “holy” is
          As we search the OT and the NT, we   mentioned is in Genesis 2:3 (KJV): “And
        see the primacy of God’s holiness elevated   God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified
        above all other attributes, so much so that   it.” The primary meaning  of the word
        no other attribute of God is repeated three   “holy” is “to be set apart.” Notice that
        times (Isa 6:2-3; Rev 4:8).          to be holy has nothing to do particularly
          The study of and meditation upon the   with “righteousness” or “morality”; a day
        holiness of God should evince a response   certainly cannot be “righteous.” In fact,
        similar to Isaiah’s, “Woe is me! for I am   the OT is replete with examples of things
        undone; because I am a man of unclean   (“holy garments,” “holy vessels,” “holy
        lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people   temple”), places (“my holy hill”) and times
        of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen   (“holy convocation,” regarding the feasts)
        the King, the LORD of hosts” (Isa 6:5 KJV).   referred to as holy. These are holy because
        Like Job, an encounter with God ought to   they are set apart to God for His purposes.
        elevate both our reverence for God and a   Similarly, when the Scriptures say God
        sense of our utter sinfulness: “I had only   is holy, it means God is completely and
        heard about you before, but now I have   utterly unique, distinct, and set apart from
        seen you with my own eyes. I take back   all creation. Transcendentally separate and
        everything I said, and I sit in dust and   different, there is nothing and no one that

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