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Truth, Knowledge and Peace through Scripture   

                                                        A Holy People


Throughout the Holy Bible we see that the word holy is mentioned in 18 Books of the Bible. I do not know about you, but as for myself, I have often pondered over what holy is. I mean what is the defination of Holy? God commands Moses "Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground." Exodus 3:5. Again reading from the Book of Exodus, God commands us to "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." Ex. 20:8 (One of the Ten Commandments). It would seem that after reading these two passages, that holy is reserved for our Lord, God who we as christians already know that God is indeed Holy and perfect in every sense of the word. We need to let Scripture interpert itself; so we will continue to search the Bible for clues that explain what holy could mean to us. Continuing through the Bible we turn to the Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy, there we read, "For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth." Deut.7:6. Again in Deuteronomy we read - "He said," "The Lord came from Sinai, and dawned on them from Seir; He shone forth from Mount Paran, and He came from the midst of ten thousand holy ones; at His right hand there was flashing lightning for them. Indeed , He loves the people; all Your holy ones are in Your hand, and they followed in Your steps; everyone receives of Your words." Deut. 33:3,4. In these readings we can see that God is refering to His people, God is making a statement that His people or to put it another way, His children, are a holy people; so now, if we truly love God, and if we keep all of his commandments, then we are considered a holy people in God's eyes, why? because if we follow the Lord and if we receive, or accept God's words, that is, His Commandments, if we live by His words, then we are a holy people, we are perfect because we have done nothing to alter, change or modify what we are commanded to do according to God. Turning to the Book of 1 Samuel, we read "There is no one holy like the Lord, Indeed, there is no one besides You, nor is there any rock like our God, Boast no more so very proudly, do not let your arrogance come out of your mouth, for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and with Him actions are weighed, the bows of the mighty are shattered, but the feeble gird on strength." 1 Samuel 2:2-4. We should remain soft spoken, we should not be bragging to others about our accomplishments and what we have gained throughout our life, we should not be hoarding our accomplishments but rather we should share them with others, if it is for the good of their souls and pleasing to God our Father. We should not be "haughty" (arrogant), because of our life's accomplishments, remember, it is God who allowed us to get to where we are today. Because of our free will, we have been allowed to climb to the "top" of the pile to make something of ourselves to gain the "respect" or to "control" others. We have been allowed to alter, make and mold, so to speak, ourselves into something different from what God had in mind for us in the first place. We have tampered with God's plan for our salvation, we have rebelled against the the will of God. We are not a holy or (whole) people anymore! all because we have made the decision to rebel against the will of God, take matters into our own hands and do as we please. We forget that God is in control of our lives.

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