“So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then He said, ‘Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.’ ” Exodus 3:4-5
One of my daughters has a condition that places her on the autistic spectrum that was until the last few years called Asperger’s Syndrome.
I won’t get into any particulars about what it’s like living with someone with Asperger’s, or any other autistic spectrum condition, doing so would require examples and that would be an inappropriate incursion into my daughters privacy. I will, however, make one general observation that describes how I relate to my daughters condition. My daughter experiences and relates to life just like everyone else with one exception: when she experiences anything its like someone has pushed the intensity dial up several degrees. So you can count on just about everything being more intense for her. It’s only one difference but that one difference has the capacity of changing just about everything.
Genesis chapter one records that when God created us he made us in his image. That means that fundamentally we are basically similar to God, or at least as similar as a finite, created being can be to its infinite creator.
But then we chose to become sinful and sin changed us. Now we still bear some similarity to God but the sin has made us in some ways very different.
But perhaps it would be easier to understand the differences if we change the focus of the discussion from us to God and talk about how he’s fundamentally different from us. He’s righteous and holy and we’re not and that difference changes everything. Even after that day when the incarnation was accomplished, and Jesus came to us as a member of the human race, his righteousness and holiness still set him apart
I think many times we want to, and try to, relate to God as if he was like us. But we can’t. As similar to us as he is, in all his capacities, his righteousness and holiness set him apart from us and make him incomprehensible to us.
Many times when something or someone is different, after the initial curiosity, we tend to avoid it, or them, but God’s instruction to Moses as he approached him in the burning bush wasn’t that he should avoid that holy place but that he should approach it differently.
God wants us to come to him but we need to come to him remembering that he’s holy.
But we don’t even know what the word holy means and if we’re to come close to God we need to learn. I don’t think learning is going to be a one and done process. It’s going to require that day by day, we prayerfully meditate on what it means that God is holy.
God wants us to come close to him and, just like he did for Moses, he’ll tell us what we need to do so that we can draw near.