Holy, Holy, Holy

“In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”

Isaiah 6:1-3

Throughout the Scriptures we see many attributes of God. Graceful, loving, just, and merciful are just a few. But there is one attribute that is emphasized over any other; God’s holiness. In Hebrew literature, repetition is used to emphasize and draw attention to something important. Just as in our modern day we would underline or make something bold, ancient writers would repeat something to draw the readers focus.

In Isaiah 6, the attribute “holy” is repeated not once, but twice. This is known as the Trisagion, or the “Thrice Holy”. Of the many attributes of the Lord God stated in Scripture, this is the only one that is repeated twice (that is, stated three times). We know that the Lord is equal and perfect in all of his attributes (there is not one that transcends the other). But we should take note here of what Isaiah writes about his vision and be reminded the Lord our God is holy, holy, holy.

Questions for reflection:

  1. How many attributes of the Lord can you think of? Write a few down and pray to the Lord using those that you thought of.

  2. In 1 Peter 1:16 the Lord tells us to, “…be holy, for I am holy.” Are you seeking after holiness in every area of your life? Take time to examine that today.

Lord, I thank you for your many attributes, and today I thank you specifically for your holiness. Help me to strive for holiness in my life, and to be holy as you are holy. Through your Holy Spirit, guide my life in your ways of righteousness, that I would be more like Jesus. Amen.”

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