Unbelievably awe-inspiring. More pure than fresh fallen snow. Fearfully without fault. It is difficult to adequately describe Almighty God. HE IS HOLY! Mortal man cannot look upon the face of Almighty God without physically perishing.
The Greek word for holy in the text means “awful thing”: archaic – inspiring reverential wonder or fear.
Staring at the sun at the center of our solar system with the naked eye will cause severe damage to your eye and can result in blindness. Our heavenly Father is brighter and more glorious than the sun.
Me and my son and daughter once stood on a cliff in the state of Oregon overlooking the ocean. The view was awe inspiring. It had the feel of three beautiful places all wrapped together in one. The cliff had the feel of the mountains, which I love, being a mountain man myself. But from that vantage point we were also looking out over the ocean. But the sun was also starting to set in the distance. But there was also a sweeping view of ocean waves going onto the beach to the left. I sat there for a long time breathing in the glory of it all. Our heavenly Father is more glorious than this.
Have you ever seen a soft gentle snow that covered the dirty ground and everything else, making it pure and clean? To even walk a few steps in it taints the beauty of it. The serene feeling of purity without blemish is surreal. Our heavenly Father is flawless and without blemish. Oh the awfulness and terribleness of it all.
Have you ever considered the power and authority of a great king. One word spoken from his mouth could spell death for whosoever would dare resist him. How dreadfully sovereign! Our heavenly Father is much greater than even this.
Consider the unspeakable power of the Creator, who created the heavens and the earth and all things by speaking words. His voice is more terrible than the roaring of the waves of the oceans; and yet, He has a voice more gentle and comforting than anything you can imagine: who can speak peace into a troubled soul.
Imagine the wisdom of a warrior, who can lead 100 men in such a way as to destroy an army of 10,000.
Almighty YaHVeH is all of these put together into One, and multiplied by a factor greater than our mind can fathom. He is awesomely, dreadfully, terribly, incredibly, wonderfully, majestically, gloriously, awfully, excitingly, most inspiringly incomprehensible.
In the Holy Bible there were certain occasions when an angel of Almighty God would appear to people. Generally the visitation was startling and unsettling. Generally people were awestruck and in fear. How much more fearfully awe-inspiring is our heavenly Father.
Think about it: Man is fallen, defiled by sin, unclean, and inclined to evil; but even so, Almighty God cleanses every man, woman, boy and girl, who puts their trust in Christ for salvation. The Holy Spirit will come in and live in such a person.
There are people who will make fun of those who walk this path, because they are taken aback by it all, but no human is clean and holy by themselves. Being Holy only comes by knowing the Father and the Son, and by the work of the Holy Spirit.