Friday, July 5, 2013

Sabbath Sanctuary: The Holiness of God's Name

Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine. Leviticus 20:26

For the Scriptures say, You must be holy because I am holy. 1 Peter 1:16

Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.

Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.

~William D. Longstaff

~ Any form of holiness that leads to someone looking like they just drank a gallon of vinegar is not biblical holiness; it is more likely Pharisaism. The Church has lost something of this notion of holiness as happiness. We need to look at the Jews celebrating the Sabbath, their holiest of times. Men gather in the streets, linking arms and dancing. Home is turned into a place of wonder, mystery, and glory as families welcome the Sabbath. How much more should the Church now celebrate holiness joyfully, knowing that the Messiah Jesus has in one day, by his death for us at Golgotha, taken away all our sin? ~ Simon Ponsonby~The Pursuit of The Holy

Kedushat HaShem- Holiness of God’s Name 

Throughout all generations we will declare Your greatness, and to all eternity we will proclaim Your holiness. Your praise our God, shall never depart from our mouth, for You are a great and holy God and King. Blessed are You, O Lord the holy God. You are holy and Your Name is holy, and Your holy ones praise You daily (Selah). Blessed are You, Adonai, the God who is holy. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory (Isaiah 6:3). ~ The Amidah

Shabbat Shalom!

In His Grace,


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