Holiness in the Word of God
Jesse M. Hendley
Exodus 15:11, I Chronicles 16:29, Psalms 89:35, Jeremiah 2:3, Luke 1:75
Now I want you to turn with me to Exodus, chapter 15, and verse 11. We are studying today the word HOLINESS. You know, the difference between Christianity and all the other religions of earth is that Christianity demands holiness. Holiness, friends, is a wonderful word. Don't run from that word, because God's command is, ''Be ye holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.'' Do not think for a moment that holiness means unhappiness. As a matter of fact, it is the very opposite. Holiness is happiness! A holy man or a holy woman is to be a happy man or woman. In fact, there is no other way to have TRUE HAPPINESS, but through a holy life.
You remember that in Exodus 14 we have the deliverance of Israel under Moses. The Israelites were at the Red Sea and God miraculously parted the waters for them to go over to the other side. The Lord judged the enemy Egyptians by bringing the waters together again when they tried to cross over on that tremendous day. The Lord delivered the Israelites but destroyed the Egyptians. We read, ''Then sang Moses and the children of Israel.'' When you are delivered by the Lord God miraculously, when the Lord does something wonderful for you, then, friends, you will begin to praise Him! That is what bothers me about a lot of people today. They seem not to have a song of praise. But there is one thing about it; when you really know God and see His deliverance and His workings, always the result is a song of praise to Him.
Now we read this marvelous word in verse 11, the song of Moses and the children of Israel after they had been brought safely across the Red Sea by the miracle of God: ''Who is like unto Thee, 0 Lord, glorious, in holiness, fearful in praise, doing wonders?'' There is a statement of what the Lord means to everyone who has been delivered from the Egypt of this world, from the condemnation of their sins, ...
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