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THE HOLY GROUND

THE HOLY GROUND
The phrase “holy ground” is found only twice in the Bible; once in the Old Testament and once in the New Testament. God himself first identify the area in which he met with Moses on mount Horeb (Sinai) as holy ground. It was there that God commanded Moses to go to Pharaoh and demand that he let the people go from bondage. At the moment; Moses came upon the burning bush out of which God spoke to him, God gave him two commands: don’t come near and take off your sandals. Both commands were to impress it upon Moses that he was standing on a holy ground (Exodus 3:5).

Also, Joshua 5:15 describe a similar incident, but the phrase “holy ground” was not used. It was not the actual ground on which Moses was; it was the presence of the Holy God that made it holy.

The command for Moses to remove his shoe was in conformity with what was well known to him, for having been brought up in Egypt, he would have known that the Egyptian’s priest observes the custom in their temples. Today it is observed in countries where the people take off their shoes or sandals before entering the mosques and synagogues as a confession of personal defilement and conscious unworthiness to stand in the presence of unspotted holiness. Moses responded by not only removing his shoes, but also by hiding his face which is a sign that he understood that he was in the presence of the glory of the divine majesty, and conscious of his own sinfulness and unworthiness. In fact, Moses was aware of God’s holiness that he was afraid to look at him (Exodus 3:6).

The holy ground was rendered sacred by the presence of God who is the very essence of holiness. The lesson for us is that we should enter the sanctuary, the place set apart for divine worship with reverence in our heart.

'THE HOLY GROUND
     The phrase “holy ground” is found only twice in the Bible; once in the Old Testament and once in the New Testament. God himself first identify the area in which he met with Moses on mount Horeb (Sinai) as holy ground. It was there that God commanded Moses to go to Pharaoh and demand that he let the people go from bondage. At the moment; Moses came upon the burning bush out of which God spoke to him, God gave him two commands: don’t come near and take off your sandals. Both commands were to impress it upon Moses that he was standing on a holy ground (Exodus 3:5)
    Also, Joshua 5:15 describe a similar incident, but the phrase “holy ground” was not used. It was not the actual ground on which Moses was; it was the presence of the Holy God that made it holy. 
   The command for Moses to remove his shoe was in conformity with what was well known to him, for having been brought up in Egypt, he would have known that the Egyptian’s priest observes the custom in their temples. Today it is observed in countries where the people take off their shoes or sandals before entering the mosques and synagogues as a confession of personal defilement and conscious unworthiness to stand in the presence of unspotted holiness. Moses responded by not only removing his shoes, but also by hiding his face which is a sign that he understood that he was in the presence of the glory of the divine majesty, and conscious of his own sinfulness and unworthiness. In fact, Moses was aware of God’s holiness that he was afraid to look at him (Exodus 3:6)
    The holy ground was rendered sacred by the presence of God who is the very essence of holiness. The lesson for us is that we should enter the sanctuary, the place set apart for divine worship with reverence in our heart. 
   By: Patience B Philip'


By: Patience B Philip

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