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What makes a ground “holy?”; Thinking Towards Sunday – Exodus 3:1-6
17 September 2014Posted by on
“Moses, Moses! … Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”
~~ God addressing Moses (Exodus 3:4-5)
We tend to use certain words and phrases without thinking. These words and phrases roll off our tongues with ease and their sounds reverberate in the space around us. They become platitudes and lose their meaning.
I think that the phrase “holy ground” is one such phrase. It is used quite often in churches and it is found twice in the Bible:
In the Hebrew Scriptures (Exodus 3:5) when God commanded Moses to remove his shoes.
In the Early Christian Writings (Acts 7:33) in the testimony that Stephen gave before being stoned to death by the Sanhedrin.
So what makes ground “holy” and how would we explain what “the holy ground” means to a five year old?
When God told Moses that Moses was standing on “holy ground” (Exodus 3:5) it was not that the ground on which Moses stood that was different from any other ground around it. Today if we were to go to Mount Sinai, find the place where the Burning Bush was and to collect a sample of the soil from there, that soil sample would not be different from any other soil around it. It was the presence of the Holy God at that time and in that space that made that ground “holy.”
Today I want to leave you with a couple of questions:
When was the last time that you stood on holy ground?
What made the ground holy for you?
How were you changed by that experience of the Holy at that time and place?