God is Holy
"And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord unto his place, to the oracle of the house, into the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubim:" (II Chronicles 5:7)
The Israelites were establishing a house of prayer. After a long time they had inherited the Holy Land of promise. God showed them the Holy Mountain. It was the hill of Zion. That is the place where Abraham offered his son and God would offer His Son. It was fore-ordained by God that it should be a holy hill so that people may have a holy place to worship a holy God. Remember we belong to a holy God. God is creating a new thought and new understanding in the human heart about Himself. It was a new concept altogether which the world had not known. That is the concept of a holy God who cannot compromise with evil. This concept was not given to this world by anyone else. There are so many religions but they could not create this concept-- the concept of a holy God -- one who demands holiness and perfect obedience from man. When you come into a relationship with Christ, there is a great wall of separation between holiness and unholiness. To strengthen this concept, God gave them instructions to carry the ark which represented the covenant into the Holy of Holies. Verses 10,11,12.
The priests were sanctified. They entered into the temple. They put on pure linen. They were not women who sold their ears to old women's fables. They did not sell their eyes to see the movies. We can sell our senses to wickedness and evil and come to the presence of God on Sundays. Do you understand that you worship a holy God? Do you have a concept of God's holiness? When they entered, they were warned to enter with purity. They were not only carrying the covenant box on their shoulders they were carrying a concept of God - a sense of God. They were entering with eyes that could see God; with ears which could hear the voice of God. When you enter into God's presence your whole personality should enter. You cannot keep your eyes for yourself. When you come into the presence of God, do you look at others? You must not have other thoughts. You look at a woman, and do you allow the devil to make wicked thoughts rule over your mind? You have forgotten that God has a plan for your life. If you allow your mind to wander you have not realized that you belong to a holy God. As the heathen enter into their temple full of sin, lies and wickedness, you feel you can also enter into the house of the holy God. Unsanctified men with unholy thoughts deliver the holy Word from the pulpits. They have not sanctified themselves. Remember this is wickedness. Our Christian churches have fallen from the standards of Christ. We live among heathen people. Sin and righteousness seem alike to them. Do you compromise with the sons of Belial? God is greatly saddened.