~by Louis Templeman
October 27, 2014: The God Whose Name is Holy is Thirsty, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
~ American Standard Version~
The God whose name is holy is thirsty for your attention. Isaiah 57: 15ff tells us God inhabits eternity. Quite a claim: to exist in past, present and future. All time is his. He dwells in it all and is not limited to the present. And, what of those spiritual realities that exist without the constraints of time? He dwells there as well.
We are always limited to right here, right now. However, God is not. Jesus once said to oppositional Jewish leaders, “before Abraham was, I AM.” This is difficult for modern ears, yet the Pharisees understood Jesus. He claimed the eternal presence of divinity.
Isaiah, in the same breath said God dwells in the high and holy place. We could interpret this to mean God has reserved the best real estate for himself. He dwells in eternity and he inhabits whatever geographical location he may choose. Then he throws us a curve. God also chooses to dwell with people of a contrite and humble spirit. Such is God’s favored place. He hungers to dwell with and within human flesh, human hearts and spirit. We cannot be too messed up that we turn off his desire for us.
For example, in John chapter 4 few find a story where Jesus saw to it that he got to be alone with an unsuspecting woman of a poor reputation. How could she have known God desired her? A social outcast, considered a whore, she was at the well in the heat of the day when few would be there. This way she could avoid the sneers of her neighbors.
Jesus boldly approached her and asked her for a drink. She was surprised he would even talk to her. She was a despised Samaritan. Her own people avoided her. And, Jews avoided all Samaritans. It was like in a town full of lepers she was the one cast as the worst of the lepers. But, Jesus hungered for her attention.
She did not know who he was and tried to figure him out. Obviously, he intrigued her. Eventually, Jesus said, “If you only knew what God gives and who it is that is asking you for a drink . . .”
Jesus wanted something from this woman. He was thirsty for something only she could give. Soon she responded to him in faith and expressed her belief that he was Messiah and ran off to evangelize her village.
At this time his apostles returned from their shopping trip into town. They brought him something to eat but he was not hungry. She had already satisfied him. The apostles were certainly scandalized by his wanton desire for the wanton woman. They were still learning that God’s love is a bit crazy; off the chain, so to speak.
From the cross in his dying words Jesus said, “I thirst.” The Isaiah passage as well as the story from the Gospel of John makes it clear what he is thirsty for. He thirsts for you.
His name is holy. Yet, he is in love with you. We have what will satisfy him.
Louis writes from Jacksonville, Florida where he lives with his old friend and wonderful bride, Joy. They transformed their friendship into the sacrament of marriage on August 30, 2012. They share their home with two self-absorbed, playful, twin cats (Flo and Jet) and one very allusive and arrogant cat named D.
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