Holiness Highway

 Text:Isaiah 35:8 (KJV) 

    “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err, (blunder) therein.”

Intro:Qualified drivers are aware of the Highway Code. This is a set of rules for highway users. It may include the mandatory rules, the informative or the precautionary rules. The rule of the road is “keep left unless overtaking”

What is Holiness?

Hebrew -Qodesh, ko’-desh; from (qadash); a sacred place or thing; rarely abstract sanctity: – consecrated (thing), dedicated (thing), hallowed (thing), holiness, most holy (day, portion, thing), saint, sanctuary.

 Greek

1)Hosiotes, hos-ee-ot’-ace;  (hosios); piety :- holiness.

Luke 1:74, 75 (KJV) “That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,  In holiness and righteousness before him,  all the days of our life.”

2) Eusebeia, yoo-seb’-i-ah;(eusebes); piety;  :- godliness, holiness.

Acts 3:12 (KJV)   “And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?”

3) Hagiasmos, hag-ee-as-mos’;  purification, i.e. (the state) purity; concrete :- holiness, sanctification.

1 Thes. 4:7 (KJV)     “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.”

Does this passage speak to us?

This “highway of Holiness,” is the way that righteous pilgrims will take from the desert of suffering to Zion (Jerusalem). It is found only by following God. Only the redeemed will travel God’s highway; they will be protected from wicked travellers and harmful animals. God is preparing a way for his people to travel to his home, and he will walk with us. God never stops at simply pointing the way; he is always beside us as we go along (Matt 28:19, 20 “the footprints dream”).

Isaiah 64:1-6 God’s appearance is so powerful that it is like a consuming fire that burns everything in its path. If we are so impure, how can we have a fellowship with him? It is basically the mercy of God that we are preserved. The Israelites had experienced God’s appearance at Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:16-19). They sent Moses on their behalf.  God came down in form of thunderstorm, smoke, and an earthquake. The Question remains, “If God was to meet us today, how many of us will stand his glory? Our righteousness are “filthy rags”

Isaiah 64:6 Sin makes us contaminated so that we cannot draw near to God (Isaiah 6:5; Romans 3:23) We appear worse than a beggar in rotten rags pleading to dine at a king’s table. Our best efforts are still polluted with sin. We have only one way. Our hope is therefore, built  on our faith in Jesus Christ, who can cleanse us and bring us into God’s presence (1John1:9-10).

This passage can easily be misinterpreted. It doesn’t mean that God will reject us if we go to him in faith, nor that he despises our efforts to please him. It means that if we come to him demanding acceptance on the basis of our “good” conduct, He will point out that our righteousness is nothing compared to his infinite righteousness. We cannot be saved by deeds of service without faith in Christ. However many times our faith lacks sincerity if it doesn’t reach out to others. In Isaiah 58 we learn that fasting can benefit spiritually and physically. Moreover at its best, fasting helps only the person doing it. God says he wants our service to go beyond our own individual growth to acts of kindness, charity, justice, and generosity. True fasting is more than skipping our meals. It is pleasing God by applying his Word to our society.

Rule of the Holiness highway is found in “ 1Peter 1:16 (KJV)  “…be ye holy; for I am holy.”