Sometimes when I concentrate so much on my friendship with God, I forget I am made holy only through the blood of Jesus. For God is a holy God and for the people in the New Testament and in the Old Testament who forgot that, died.
The Lord spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they drew near before the Lord and died. – Leviticus 16:1 NRSV
This Old Testament example must have made Aaron scared to even enter the tabernacle to serve God. He had to come to a place where he understood that holiness was given to him in order for him to serve, but it did not cancel his sin.
I hear people say that we do not need the Old Testament anymore – but look at the words they are missing that declare God’s Word…
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. – Psalm 19:7-9 NRSV
The Scriptures are just that – holy – of more benefit to me than the air I breathe. I need God’s Word to see His holiness, to see a way out of my sin. It provides a direction that is true – a fountain of lasting hopes. By them I discover my need for a Saviour.
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. – Proverbs 30:5 NRSV
I found this promise is echoed in the New Testament too – His Word is holy, His commandment is holy and just and good.
This is really important to me – I know that Jesus is the Word – and in Jesus I have hope.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope – 1 Timothy 1:1 NRSV
The Old Testament still wraps it up nicely – I am Holy, and besides me there is no saviour.
Lord God, Father, You are holy, You are true. Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to be a Saviour to all who want to follow You. May Your Word continue to strengthen me, guide me, lead me and may I yield to You in all that You ask of me. I love You – thank you for seeing no sin in me because of Jesus and for accepting me into Your presence to be loved and to love You right back. I want to be holy as You are holy.