THE HOLY PEOPLE

“They will be called the Holy People”

Isa 62:12 NIV

The Israelites began as a people when God called Abraham to go out to a new land to which he would direct him. On the way back from their captivity in Egypt – which went on for some four hundred years, God called to Moses at Mt Sinai and said, “Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Ex 19:6 NIV). They were his special choice and they would be holy. Holy means to be separate and to be touched by, or associated with, God. In modern parlance we would say that holy means “religious”. Other nations would be soldiers, farmers, wanderers, or craftsmen. The Israelites were to be holy to God, dedicated to whatever purpose he assigned them. Basically, this meant they were to uphold his name and obey his commandments.

But also, they were to preserve his commandments and the record of his dealings with them and the things he had said to and done with them.

The Christian church, by the teaching of the apostles, took over this calling. This was set out in I Peter 2:5 “You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (NIV). Always the people of God must know who they are and whose they are. They must continually revisit their calling under God and ask his way forward. If they don’t, they wander all over the place spiritually. They are not called to be secular specialists or analysts – those are others’ vocations. They must revise and question and evaluate their vocation. And constantly bring it back to God and ask his way for them.

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, whatever else, let us be your holy people.

PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

Lord, I pray for those people who have lost loved ones during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Give them comfort in their sense of loss and desolation. Help them to start looking forward and hoping again. Let them know that you love them just as much as ever you have done before. Wipe their tears with kindness. I ask it in the name of Jesus. AMEN

I.B.R.A. Readings

Hebrews 12:1–13