“Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy” (Psalm 99:9).
Key Thought: Scripture gives much attention to God’s holiness. What does this holiness tell us about what God is like and what it means to the plan of salvation?
One of the foundational assumptions of all biblical writers is that the God of heaven exists. None ever express any doubt about that; none make any kind of attempt to prove it, either. God’s existence is just a given, a starting point, kind of like an axiom in geometry.Instead, we find within the 66 biblical books an extensive recounting of what God is like and how He relates to us as fallen beings whom He longs to redeem.This week’s lesson focuses on one aspect of God’s nature that’s foundational in Scripture, and that is God’s holiness. God is love, Yes. And Yes, God bids us call Him “Father.” And Yes, God is patient, forgiving, and caring.But, according to Scripture, fundamental to our understanding of God is His holiness. Both in the Old and New Testaments, God’s holiness undergirds His revelation of Himself. This theme appears all through the Scriptures in one way or another.What, though, does it mean to say that God is holy? How does the Bible depict His holiness? And how do we, as unholy beings, relate to a God like this?
Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, February 4.