“Who can stand in the presence of the LORD, this holy God?” 1 Samuel 6:20
Sadly, many needed to die before people began to wake up to reality: God is holy. Israelis died in battle because their leaders had no regard for the Lord. Philistines died of plagues because they thought the ark of God was booty, a plaything for their people and their god. And now the men of Beth Shemesh die because they had the presumption to think their eyes had the right to pry into the secrets of God’s ark.
For many years God posted “Off Limits” and “No Trespassing” signs around His presence. Then Jesus died and the curtain of the temple was torn from top to bottom. The signs were changed. The sign now reads “We Have Room for You.”
What changed? Did people suddenly get better? Or did God lower His standards?
Neither, of course. God just set into motion His plan to make us like Him: holy.
That is why the whole focus of our Christian lives is about living out our new identity as saints—“holy ones.”