Posts Tagged ‘Who can stand on holy ground?’

Take Off Your Shoes

April 13, 2011

“Earth is crammed with heaven,
And every bush is aflame with God
But only those who see, take off their shoes.” – Elizabeth Browning

Acts 7:33The LORD said to him, “Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground”.

From NetBible Acts 7:33

A quotation from Exod 3:5. The phrase holy ground points to the fact that God is not limited to a particular locale. The place where he is active in revealing himself is a holy place.

The word קֹדֶשׁ (qodesh, “holy”) indicates “set apart, distinct, unique.” What made a mountain or other place holy was the fact that God chose that place to reveal himself or to reside among his people. Because God was in this place, the ground was different – it was holy.

The removal of sandals was, and still is in the East, a sign of humility and reverence in the presence of the Holy One. It was a way of excluding the dust and dirt of the world.

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Lord Jesus help us to set our hearts on You
To humbly seek Your face{take off our shoes}.
Please create in us clean hearts and pure hands –Ps 24:3-6, 51:10
That we may lift them up and bless You Lord. –Lam 3:41;Ps 134:2BLESS (AFFECTIONATELY, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name! -Ps 103:1

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called–His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance. -Eph 1:18