1 Samuel 2:11-17
LORD our God, you answered them. You were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their sinful actions. Exalt the LORD our God; bow in worship at his holy mountain, for the LORD our God is holy. Psalm 99:8-9 (CSB)
God’s holiness demands our reverence.
Our society has lost the proper sense of reverence. Although the term is still in our colloquial language, it is often misdirected. We glamorize that which is wicked and shun what is right. God alone is to be revered. His holiness demands it. The reason is that God is good.
It has been said, that the goodness of God is the most terrifying concept in the Bible. Why? Because we are not good. In other words, if God is good and we are not then this means we are at odds with the all-powerful, holy Creator.
In 1 Samuel 2:11-17, Eli’s sons, Hophni and Phinehas, did not respect God’s holiness and perverted the worship of Israel. Later, judgment fell on Eli’s family because he took no action to prevent their irreverence. God’s holiness demands our reverence. Yes, God is a God of love, but He is a holy God. Therefore, he should not be toyed with!
Many will cling to God’s goodness without realizing His goodness condemns their wickedness. For comparison, God’s is like the sun and His holiness like the sun’s rays. Without the sun, there would be no life. If you approached the sun, its life-giving rays would prove fatal. However, God has provided a way into His holy presence through Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 CSB).
In the age of grace, reverence for God’s holiness is not negated. Like the sons of Eli, we are commanded to approach God through properly offered sacrifice. Jesus is the Lamb of God offered once and for all. By faith in his name, is the only means by which we can approach the radiance of the Father’s glory. Hophni and Phinehas chose to abuse God’s grace in sacrilegious worship. What will you do? Reverence the Jesus Christ with a life of submitted to his grace or live in rebellion to God? God’s holiness demands our reverence.
Suggestion for Prayer
Thank God for the access given to His presence through Jesus’s sacrifice. Ask God to help you live a God-honoring life for His glory.
Reflection on Previous Sunday’s Reading
1 Samuel 3:1-10[11-10]
2 Corinthians 4:5-12
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