Nuggets – The Beauty of Holiness – Part 1

The Beauty of Holiness, Part 1 “He appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.” (2 Chronicles 20:21)

 

In today’s verse, a key phrase occurs that is easy to miss. Some Bible translations miss it altogether. Literally, the Hebrew reads that Jehoshaphat, Judah’s king, appointed “ones praising the beauty of holiness.”

 

What does this phrase mean? “Holiness” translates the typical Hebrew word used for “holy,” and it carries the concept of being set apart. For example, God made the seventh day of creation holy by setting it apart from the other six (Genesis 2:3). When God appeared to Moses in the burning bush, He set apart a plot of ground as “holy” (Exodus 3:5). Firstborn children of the nation of Israel were holy in that they were set apart (Exodus 13:2).

 

The Hebrew word for “beauty” in this verse carries the idea of intrinsic beauty and worth, not passing or shallow beauty. Thus, the “beauty of holiness” refers to the intrinsic attractiveness of “set-apart-ness.”

 

Intuitively, we recognize that “set-apart-ness” is beautiful. Consider a rare and expensive diamond. Its rarity sets it apart from the rest of the diamonds. What do we do with such a special diamond? We relish in its beauty by giving it its own display case. We might even put it aside in a special room reserved for this one diamond.

 

However, our example stops there. Some might dispute the beauty of the diamond as a matter of preference. In contrast, the beauty of holiness is not subjective or limited to cultural context. Why? Because Scripture calls holiness intrinsically beautiful. Furthermore, Jehoshaphat commanded people to praise the beauty of holiness. Something this praiseworthy must be overwhelmingly and stunningly beautiful! NTJ

Institute of Creation Research

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3 Responses to Nuggets – The Beauty of Holiness – Part 1

  1. People Empowerment Project says:

    I appreciate your insight into this pivotal point of scripture. What stood out to me to add to the conversation is the direct parallel between holiness and mercy. When we see this relationship, we can also see what grieved Jesus so much when He engaged those who purportedly held the banner of “holiness” in His culture, and yet reacted with disdain when a man was restored physically on the Sabbath, for example. Many of us, perhaps with good intentions but bad vision, have brought it back to this point of sadness. Perhaps this New Year, a new perspective will find itself alive and well in our midst.

    • ptl2010 says:

      Thank you for your comments PeopleEmpowerment. Yes if we understand the mind and heart of God we will have the correct attitude to obey as He desires in holiness.

      • People Empowerment Project says:

        True. Such is the life that comes with the cost of being misunderstood by others and perhaps mistreated as well.

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