Title: Holiness and Justice
Speaker: R.C. Sproul
Scripture: Leviticus 10:3; 2 Samuel 6:1-11
So Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord meant when He said:
I will show My holiness
to those who are near Me,
and I will reveal My glory
before all the people.”
But Aaron remained silent.
What? (What does the Scripture say? What does it mean? What is the truth being discussed)
- The speaker says that during the Second Great Awakening there was an emphasis upon (1) man is bad, and (2) God is mad? Do you think that there is a connection between the nature of the message preached and the movement of the Spirit that was experienced?
- What do the accounts of Uzzah (2 Samuel 6) and Aaron’s sons (Leviticus 10) have in common?
So What? (How does the truth apply to you, the church, and others?)
- Do you think that there are Christians today who avoid the Old Testament because God seems to be severe in the Old Testament?
- Does the love, mercy, and longsuffering God of the New Testament nullify the holiness and justice of God? What is the distinction the speaker makes between nonjustice and injustice? Which would you rather experience?
Now What? (What is the proper response to this message?)
- Are you guilty of presuming upon God’s loving kindness? What changes in perspective and actions should you make right now?
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This is the third lecture in the Ligonier teaching series The Holiness of God.
The Ligonier website describes the series as follow,
“The Holiness of God examines the meaning of holiness and why people are both fascinated and terrified by a holy God. This series closely explores God’s character, leading to new insights on sin, justice, and grace. The result is a new awareness of our dependence upon God’s mercy and a discovery of the awesomeness of His majestic holiness. Dr. R.C. Sproul says, “The holiness of God affects every aspect of our lives — economics, politics, athletics, romance — everything with which we are involved.”
Discussion questions and video for the rest of the series can be found at the following links:
- The Importance of Holiness
- The Trauma of Holiness
- Holiness and Justice
- The Insanity of Luther
- The Meaning of Holiness
- The Holiness of Christ
Check out the Ligonier website for additional resources.