Week 2: Worship, featuring poetry from Mark

If you’ve begun our second week of study with prayer and reading, it’s time to worship.

The Worship section focuses on an attribute of God every week. This is not a complete list of attributes by any means. We are looking specifically at Jesus in the book of Luke. We’ll take a moment to worship and meditate as we read a poem or hymn. Today we’re thinking about God’s holiness.


And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)
For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. (Luke 1:49)

“Holy” means “pure, sinless, upright.” (blueletterbible.org)

God is absolutely and forever pure and without sin. “Holy” also means “set apart, sanctified, other.” (Keri Wyatt Kent, Deeper into the Word)

He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. (I Peter 2:22)
And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. (I John 3:5 NLT)
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT)
Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? (Exodus 15:11)

My husband Mark wrote a poem for us to use as we ponder God’s holiness.

Be Ye Holy

From time to time, since the beginning of time, God has stepped into time,
parting the veil between timeless eternity and the world of man,
touching the lives of His people in a tangible fashion,
calling them to His purpose, to be His hand, His voice
to the people that walked in darkness.
Every time, when the light of His holiness
flashed across their sinful eyes,
they recoiled in terror,
fully acknowledging their fault and His
unmistakable otherness.
Some acquiescing to His call,
some questioning, some doubting,
most begging for an envoy, an advocate,
an intermediary between their sin and His holiness
so they would not be compelled to see either.
From Moses onward,
a parade of priests and prophets stood between,
praying for the people, sacrificing for their sin
until the day God stepped in once more, once for all,
becoming sin to remove it, to be the final advocate
connecting God and man, restoring lost relationship,
offering His holiness – and still they would not see.
They say that hindsight is 20/20,
and in our more enlightened age it’s easy to see
that we are separated from our primitive forbears
only by time.
The people still live in darkness, doing what is right in their own eyes,
flaunting their ignorance in the light of day,
claiming wisdom even as they embrace their folly.
What good to be studiously separate from the world
if we cannot separate ourselves to God?
Can we claim to love the word of God
when we can’t be bothered with the work of God?
The Sword of the Spirit was never meant to be turned on each other,
excoriating rather than exhorting,
tearing down rather than building up.
Like Moses who saw the glory of God from behind as He passed by,
we can see what He has been doing throughout history
because we have the advantage of time.
We don’t always see what He is doing now,
calling, directing, moving, making us holy as He is holy,
seeing only the discomfort, the inconvenience, the delay.
We have the Light, but do we see?
We have the Word, but do we speak?
We are the body, but do we reach out to the world as it crumbles around us?
In the imminence of eternity, will we truly seek the holiness of God
while there is still time?

–Mark J. Leamy, 2018

from time to time

Ready for the next step? Read the post on following Jesus.

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