Some Final Thoughts on Exodus

Although I have been keeping up with my Bible reading, I haven’t had a chance to post anything for a few days. But I’m back today.
 
I finished reading Exodus this morning. One of the overall themes in the book is that of holiness.
 
The word “holy” is used 47 times in the book – much of it in connection with the construction of the tabernacle and the service of the priests in the tabernacle.
 
My experience has been that most people tend to think of holiness as purity raised to the highest degree possible. But as A.W. Tozer writes in “The Knowledge of the Holy”:
 
“God’s holiness is not simply the best we know, infinitely bettered…Holy is the way God is. To be holy He does not conform to a standard. He is that standard.”
 
The word “holy” means “to be set apart”. When applied to God, it confirms that He is completely unlike us. When applied to us, like when we are commanded to be holy, it means that we are to be set apart, unique and distinct from the culture around us. At least one reason that God gave such detailed instructions about the building of the tabernacle and the consecration of the priests was that He wanted His people to be distinct from all the other nations around them when God took them into the Promised Land.
 
Although we are no longer bound by these instructions, it is still God’s desire that we be holy people who are distinct from the culture around us. It’s just not possible to look like our secular culture and be holy at the same time.

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