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In Isaiah, chapter 6, when he was having his vision, on the occasion of his call to be a prophet, we recall the song of the angels in the presence of God, in which they sing- Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God of Hosts. And what else did the song contain? “For the whole earth is full of His glory”. So, do you see the antithesis? Do you see the collision? Between the radical secularism of people like Jean Paul Sartre and the teaching of the Scripture? The teaching of the Scripture is not that the holy and the sacred is in some hidden realm, some esoteric sphere where only the most brilliant, elite thinker can penetrate to find a slight glimpse of the Holy. On the contrary, the whole earth is filled with the glory of God.
So, why then, do we have this sense of the profane? Well, Calvin answered that question this way. He said, “The whole of creation is a glorious theatre- screaming, as it were, manifesting so clearly the holiness of God.” But we were blind to it. But, that blindness is a willful blindness. We are, like human beings, walking in this glorious theatre wearing blindfolds. Blindfolds that we have put on our own eyes, lest we see the holy and the sacred, because there is nothing more terrifying to sinful creatures than to be exposed to the Holy. Moses sees the bush that is burning and is not consumed, and we’re told in the narrative that he turns aside to look at it. And, as he turns aside, looking in the direction of that bush, he’s not satisfied to observe it from a distance. He begins to walk towards the bush and approach it. As he is approaching it, suddenly, the voice comes out of the bush, calling to him, saying, “Moses, Moses, stop right there. Don’t come any closer. Don’t draw near. Instead, take your shoes off your feet, because the ground you are standing on is holy ground.”