‘Holy Holy Holy’

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Artwork by Elhanan ben-Avraham

‘Holy Holy holy is YHVH of hosts- the whole Earth is filled with His glory.’ – Isaiah

‘May Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.’ – Yeshua

The first verse above is the song that is sung in Heaven, as Isaiah recorded it, the second is when Heaven came down to Earth. Note that it does not say, “the whole Heaven is filled with His glory,” but the Earth. Like an artist takes his vision and commits it to canvas, so the Creator placed His human creations into an Earth filled with His other wonders. For any granted with eyes to see, those wonders are still evident all around us.

Paul in the NT states that “For from the creation of the world the invisible things of Him are clearly seen, being understood through the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they (men) are without excuse.”

By divine design we were placed on this Earth for a purpose. Like the first couple we are called “to guard it and to tend it.” “The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the Earth He has given to mankind” (Psalm 115:16). We are not instructed to escape or abandon and neglect the Earth, but to keep it from becoming either a tangled jungle or a parched desolation, but a well-tended garden, both physically and spiritually.

“Love not the world” is not in reference to G-d‘s glorious creation, but the corrupt and polluted stream of fallen humanity’s thought and immorality.  We are called to be “holy as I (the LORD) am holy,” kadosh– which means separate, or separated- “in the world but not of the world.” We are free to enjoy the clean and pure  delights and pleasures and beauty provided for us in the creation, which “is filled with His glory.” And, as stewards of the Earth, it is our responsibility to use the giftings and talents and abilities imparted to us to ”strengthen the things that remain, that were about to die,” and to do G-d’s will on Earth as in Heaven.

“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.” – C. S. Lewis