‘‘There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.’’ 1 Sam. 2:2
Additional reading: Exo. 15:11; Deut. 4:35; 32:4, 30-31; Lev. 11:44 – 45; Isa. 6:3; Ezek. 39:7; 1Pet. 1:15; Rev. 4:8
We recognised through our study yesterday that God is Father of all believers. We shall be looking at holiness as God’s character today.
After years of childlessness, Hannah sought God’s face earnestly for a child. Specifically, she asked God for a son. And indeed, God answered her. In total appreciation for God’s act of goodness unto her, she burst into singing where she extolled God. She said: ‘‘There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.’’
There is something I believe we must be clear with 😦 1) There is none holy as the LORD — God alone is holy. (2)…for there is none beside thee —- apart from God there is no other. (3) …neither is there any rock like our God — God alone is steadfast and faithful (as a rock is firm) in all His ways and deeds. Simply put, Hannah said that there was just no god to compare with God in His ways. But why did Hannah ascribe all these qualities to God?
Please note that she had been childless for years and this no doubt made her suffer humiliation both at home and in the larger society. More so, be told that it was a common belief then childlessness was caused by God and in fact, any woman that could not bear a child was believed to be cursed by God (Gen. 16:2; 30:2; 1 Sam. 1:5). Therefore, do not be surprised for her praises unto God as God alone could give her a child. Like the woman who had blood emission for 12 years and had wasted all her life savings seeking medical help (Mat. 9:20 – 21), Hannah, too, may have gone on the same road just to get a child till she met God.
‘‘There is none holy [qados: sacred (ceremonially or morally); (as noun) God (by eminence), an angel, a saint, a sanctuary: – holy, holy One, Saint] as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.’’ By describing God as holy, Hannah simply highlighted God’s moral character, attributes or actions, which set Him apart or separated Him from all other gods or persons. In this regard, believers are charged to be holy as God is holy, i.e. be set apart or separated from the world but dedicated unto the LORD in moral character, attributes or actions.
It is expedient we note the following:
1. Because God is holy man depends on Him alone for forgiveness of sin — Psa. 51:1 – 17; Dan. 9: 4 – 19; 1Jn. 1:9
2. God cannot stand sin because He is holy — Jos. 24:19 – 20; Jer. 50:29; Hab. 1:13
3. His children are to be holy as He is holy — Lev. 19:2; 2Tim. 1:9; 1Pet. 1:15 – 16
4. He is to be worshipped as the holy God — 1Chr. 16:29; Psa. 99:5; 1Cor. 11:28; Heb.10:1 – 2,22
5. His name is holy — Lev. 22:32; 1Chr. 16:35; Psa. 33:21; Isa. 57:15; Eze. 36:21 – 23; 39:25; Lk. 1:49
6. God is perfect in holiness — Deut. 32:4; Isa. 1Sam. 2:2; 6:3; Rev. 4:8; 6:10; 15:4
7. Where God dwells is holy — 2Chr. 8:11; 30:27; Psa. 2:6; Isa. 57:15; Ac. 21:28; Eph. 2:21 – 22; Heb. 10:19 – 22; Rev. 22:19
In simple terms, these are some of the attributes that separate God apart as holy. It is, therefore, not surprising that Hannah said: ‘‘No one is holy like the LORD! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.’’ (NLT).
Meditation: Is it really true that there is no one that is holy as the LORD?
Prayer: Teach me Your way LORD; that I may not depart from it.
Question: (1) What are some of those attributes that separate God as holy from other gods? (2) Mention at least 3 gods you know that are holy as the LORD and make a list of their attributes.