Read Isaiah 57:15
The high and lofty one who lives in eternity,
the Holy One,says this:
“I live in the high and holy place
with those whose spirits are contrite and humble.
I restore the crushed spirit of the humble
and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts. (NLT)
In our world,the rich tend to mix with the rich,the powerful with the powerful. You get to a certain status in society and you associate with those of a similar status. Imagine applying this to God. He would only mix with the most exalted company. He would maintain a dignified distance between himself and anything that might contaminate his heavenly perfection. Just as well he isn’t like that.
As this passage points out,our God is truly high and mighty. He is over and above the world he made. He exists in a sphere beyond time. And yet he enters our time and engages with us in our human space-and-time dimension. He,the high and mighty one,chooses to interact with us who are anything but high and mighty.
From our perspective,we see this text has its fulfilment in Jesus. God getting his hands dirty by entering our world to rescue those who know how much they needed such rescue. Jesus rebuked the proud and restored the penitent,exemplifying the character of God as he did so. In Jesus,God came from his high and holy place into our broken and divided world.
We relate to God as one who is utterly holy,utterly unlike us in his majesty and perfection. We also relate to God as one who is utterly personal,able to deliver broken humanity from its brokenness. Great enough to be able to help us. Good enough to be willing to help us.
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