The Revelation of G-d’s Holiness
Isaiah 6:3: “Kadosh, kadosh, kadosh, Adonai Tzevaot, m’lo chol ha’aretz k’vodo”
(“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”)
This verse is recited in every single synagogue service every single day. There is a beautiful Messianic worship song called ‘Kadosh’ in which the refrain ‘kadosh, kadosh, kadosh’ is sung. This threefold repetition in Hebrew indicates the superlative degree of G-d’s holiness.
G-d is the highest Holiness in heaven, the place of His Divine abode, and on earth, the work of His might. In Rabbinical literature, the most frequent name used for G-d is: ‘HaKadosh Baruch Hu’ – ‘The Holy One, Blessed be He’.
The word ‘Kadosh’ denotes a G-d who is more than good, more than pure, more than righteous. It denotes a G-d who is morally perfect; a G-d who demands holiness from us, and charges His chosen people throughout the ‘Torah’ to “be Holy for I, your G-d, am holy”.
He also who charges His church in 1 Peter 1:16 to “Be holy, for I am holy.”
In Isaiah chapter 6, Isaiah sees the vision of the L-rd and hears the angels cry out “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts”. Trembling and afraid, he cries out: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.” (Isaiah 6:5).
“I am undone” shows G-d’s holiness as a devouring fire of all impurity, and the Prophet is overwhelmed by the sense of his own unworthiness and the unworthiness of his people.
There are many people who consider themselves holy, both Jews and Gentiles. Sadly some of these people are not as holy as they deem to be and, unfortunately, this is the case with many people. And I am talking about people who portray themselves as ‘people of G-d’ – both Jews and Gentiles.
I believe that G-d is heart-sore when He looks at mankind because instead of holiness, He sees worldliness and the lusts of the flesh. The world standard seems to be: ‘it’s all about me’ instead of ‘it’s all about G-d’.
So what does the Hebrew word ‘kadosh’ mean? ‘Kadosh’ comes from the Hebrew word ‘m’kudash’ which means sanctified, holy and hallowed.
We read in Exodus 19:10-11: “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the LORD will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.”
The Hebrew word used here for “and sanctify them” is “v’kidashtam”, and “kidashtam” means to “make holy, set apart and bless”.
When G-d says to Moses: “Go to the people and sanctify them”, he is saying to Moses: “Go to the people and sanctify them to meet with Me because I am going to make them holy, set them apart as My people and bless them to render them fit for the approaching revelation (at Mount Sinai)”.
And this is exactly what Almighty G-d did for all time, as unworthy as the Israelites were.
Hebrews 13:12 tells us: “Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.” As believers in Yeshua, Christians are sanctified through the Blood of Yeshua. So when Yeshua sanctified you with His Blood, He made you holy, set you apart as His people, blessed you and rendered you fit for all revelation for all time…as unworthy we all are.
And it precisely for this reason that we must live our lives according to Colossians 1:9-10: “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God”
In other words, don’t pretend to be holy, but make sure you live your life as one who is holy, set apart, blessed, and fit for all revelation.
However unsaved Jewish people do not live under the grace of the New Covenant as they still live under the Mosaic Law.
With holiness comes obedience, which is why it is imperative that in obedience to the G-d-given mandate for the Jewish people, the gospel must be given to them.
Unless saved through Yeshua, my people do not only live under the Mosaic Law, they will die under the Mosaic Law with no hope of eternal life.
So are you walking in holy obedience to the L-rd, or like the Prophet Isaiah will you too cry out: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.”
My prayer is that you will have a true revelation of G-d’s holiness and that you will live in holy obedience to “the LORD of hosts”.