Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 4, 2023

“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”

Today’s devotion comes from Numbers 4:1-20.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“When the camp sets out, Aaron and his sons shall go in and they shall take down the veil of the screen and cover the ark of the testimony with it;  and they shall lay a covering of porpoise skin on it, and shall spread over it a cloth of pure blue, and shall insert its poles.  Over the table of the bread of the Presence they shall also spread a cloth of blue and put on it the dishes and the pans and the sacrificial bowls and the jars for the drink offering, and the continual bread shall be on it.  They shall spread over them a cloth of scarlet material, and cover the same with a covering of porpoise skin, and they shall insert its poles.  …  When Aaron and his sons have finished covering the holy objects and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, when the camp is to set out, after that the sons of Kohath shall come to carry them, so that they will not touch the holy objects and die.  These are the things in the tent of meeting which the sons of Kohath are to carry.

Then the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, “Do not let the tribe of the families of the Kohathites be cut off from among the Levites.  But do this to them that they may live and not die when they approach the most holy objects:  Aaron and his sons shall go in and assign each of them to his work and to his load;  but they shall not go in to see the holy objects even for a moment, or they will die.”  Numbers 4:5-8 and 15 and 17-20.


Aaron and his sons had the duty to cover all the holy objects, so that the sons of Kohath (who had the duty to carry them) would neither see nor touch the holy objects and die. 

Today’s Scripture leads us to appreciate more the perfect holiness of God and to fear Him more with awe and reverence.  

“In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the LORD sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple.  Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings:  with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  And one called out to another and said,

“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory.”

And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Then I said,

“Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs.  He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips;  and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”  Isaiah 6:1-7.


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