Read His Words Before Ours!
Yahweh, the Lord God, to Adam & Eve
Because of your sinful rebellion, pain will be yours. You will hunger for power and control, but those desires will leave you empty.
Your work will be cursed, as will the whole earth. Hardship, difficulty, loss, brokenness; these will be your consequences. You have chosen prideful arrogance over sweet friendship with Me. You are receiving what you lusted after, and it condemns you. (Genesis 3:16-19)
Yahweh M’Kaddesh to Adam & Eve
I will be the first to slay one of My beautiful creatures because I love you. I will cover your nakedness with its skins as I will one day cover your sin with My own blood.
We can only have fellowship together if you are holy, as I am holy. You cannot be holy on your own, so I Am Yahweh M’Kaddesh, the God who makes you holy. (Genesis 3:20-23)
Yahweh, the Lord God, to Noah
I designed all of creation, from the millipede to the jewel of My work, human beings, to live in sweetest harmony together. Additionally, My Spirit was intended to hover over creation, singing My song, and calling hearts to be bound together in a majestically beautiful oneness.
But, Noah, My heart grieves over these people I so lovingly created. They rejected Me.
They have mutilated My gift of sex to take advantage of one another.
They have abused My gift of food and become gluttons;
they have abused My gift of wine and become drunkards.
They have despised the gift of My presence, and worshipped themselves instead.
I will destroy all people because of their sin, for I am a just God. (Genesis 6:1-7:1)
Yahweh M’Kaddesh to Noah
All but you and your family will be wiped out because of their sin. But you, Noah, have walked with righteousness before Me, honoring Me in your heart and with your life. You will be rescued by a boat, which I have designed to perfectly save you, along with a remnant of creation, so all will be made new.
One day, Noah, a perfect Savior will come as God wrapped in flesh to offer rescue for all. He will be the new “boat” to save humanity.
My heart is love; my heart is to save.
Even though My creation has sinned against Me, mocking My standard of holiness, I will make a way for all to return to Me and be made holy, so we can fellowship together as I designed from the beginning. I Am Yahweh M’Kaddesh, the God who makes you holy. (1 Peter 3:18-22)
Yahweh, the Lord God, speaking to Israel
I have called you, Israel, to reflect My glory to the world. You are to love Me first and foremost. You are to be holy as I am holy, representing Me to all peoples.
But, oh Israel, you are not holy! Your sin is constantly before Me. You have profaned My sanctuary. You have been faithless. You have called “evil” good, and called “good” evil. You defy Me. (Leviticus 19:2, Malachi 2:10-17)
Yahweh M’Kaddesh to Israel
Because you are not holy, I will lovingly provide for you. I will be your blood sacrifice to cover your multitude of sin. I will make you holy through My holiness.
One day I, Myself, will come to you. I will be your Shepherd, I will give you a new heart to love Me, I will put My Spirit within you, and I will make an eternal covenant of peace with you. I will dwell with you.
Yahweh, the Lord God, is the very same God as Yahweh M’Kaddesh.
He is just and righteous, demanding payment for sin, unwilling to simply look the other way and pretend sin doesn’t exist.
Because who would want a God who simply excused
the suicide bomber,
the man who left his wife,
or the woman who destroyed friendships with her gossip and betrayal?
We want justice.
And God is just.
Because He is perfectly just, He cannot excuse some sin while demanding punishment for other sin. All sin is putrid in His eyes.
There are no “mistakes” against God’s holiness; all offenses are sinful.
A snooty attitude.
Cold shoulder of rejection.
Quiet whispers behind another’s back.
All are just as sinful against God as murder, rape, and adultery.
But Yahweh, is also, graciously, mercifully,
the God who makes us holy.
While we were still in our sin, still pursuing ourselves, still lusting after our own ways,
Christ died for us. (Romans 5:10)
He Himself became sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
An unfathomable exchange took place at the cross where Christ’s blood was spilled for us.
He held out His righteous holiness to us with the same hand that willingly opened to Roman nails.
Where our sin demanded our death,
Christ died instead, defeating all death and offering righteousness and life to us.
This is Yahweh M’Kaddesh,
the God who makes us holy.
Is His righteousness yours?
Have you surrendered all of yourself, allowing Him to make you holy?
Or are you still holding on to your sin, stuck in separation from Him?
One day, my friend, one day all will confess Jesus Christ is Lord. (Romans 14:11-12)
No choice will remain, for every tongue will declare His Lordship.
On that day, it will be too late to willingly accept the offer of Yahweh M’Kaddesh to remove your sin-soaked rags and clothe you in robes of righteousness.
Today is the day to be made holy!
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