Ezekiel / chapter 42 (read the chapter)
Did you catch the “holy” mantra in this chapter? Several times, the man who was measuring the temple described things to Ezekiel as “holy,” to the point where Ezekiel said this in summation: “So he measured the area on all four sides. It had a wall around it, five hundred cubits long and five hundred cubits wide, to separate the holy from the common.” (vs 20)
This is a theme that runs throughout Scripture. Especially in the Old Testament, it seems God was forever trying to get His people to respect what was holy. On the other hand, God Himself is not so holy that He felt it beneath Himself to become a common man.
It’s another paradox of the Christian life.
God is not some distant, uninvolved deity. He knows us better than we know ourselves, and He is on the record with His desire to call us friends (Jn 15:15). However, that doesn’t mean we should forget that God is holy and should be treated as such.
Just because we are friends of God doesn’t mean we should ever begin to treat Him flippantly or blow Him off or jerk Him around. And why? Not because God will be offended and retaliate, but because if we ever begin to treat God as “nothing special,” we inherently put ourselves in danger.
After all, at the end of the day, we are connected to this Friend in some way for our life. If He becomes so commonplace to us, so mundane and tedious, we may start to have contempt for Him. We may start to feel like He holds no special and set-apart place in our lives.
We should never become so familiar with God that we forget that He is the Creator and we are His creatures. The fact that He desires friendship with us says an awful lot about His character, but we should not let that relationship erode any respect we have for God’s position as God.
He is holy. We shouldn’t mistake Him for the common!