The Holy One of Israel – A Beginning

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Having laid the groundwork regarding the One God in the prior posts, we can begin to understand this God more fully from within the Holy Scriptures and the writings of the prophets who KNEW this God they called “The Holy One of Israel.” It’s critical that we lay aside our misunderstandings about the nature of God given to us in the strong delusion and by the false precepts of men, and rediscover the One God of holy writ so that we may come to know His works!

The prophetic writers of The Word, left us a wealth of information about the One God, and throughout the posts on this blog we’ve touched upon these matters as often as we could, and now we’ve finally come to the place and time where we will discuss these matters at length. Let us begin with the Psalmist:

22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel. (Psm 71:22)

41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. (Psm 78:41)

18 For the Lord is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king. (Psm 89:18)

Already our former doctrine of God as taught to us by the church is on shaky ground if we believe the scriptures. Why is that you ask? I don’t see in these words it speaking of “The Holy Two of Israel” but rather of ONE God! So we need to proceed through the scriptures to understand this mystery of the One God which is set before us. Look back at David’s words please. Note he says, “O my God…. O thou Holy One of Israel” and in the next verse he says they have tried to limit God. How would people try to limit God? One way would certainly be in their misunderstanding of who and what this One God is. He is our king!

We will be thorough in our discussion of this topic and by the time we have finished, we will see the scriptures teaching us things about the Oneness of God and its ramifications, which we never imagined from within our paradigm of blindness which Paul called the strong delusion! How thankful we are for the Word of God, for all the prophets taught us about God’s nature.

But let’s begin at the beginning of things, and all else will fall into place. This discussion naturally brings us to Isaiah who spoke much about this “Holy One of Israel,” and as Isaiah is the central message of the prophetic writers, we will concentrate on his words now.

4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. (Isa 1:4)

19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it! (Isa 5:19)

24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. (Isa 5:24)

20 ¶And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. (Isa 10:20)

6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee. (Isa 12:6)

7 At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel. (Isa 17:7)

If we pause here and look at these six verses quoted above, they have some important things to teach us. Each verse could be discussed at length from within the context of the revelation in the chapters where they are found, and every serious student of the scriptures should indeed understand these things in their full context. But our intent here is to recognize, perhaps for the first time in the reader’s journey, that Isaiah and all of the prophets speak of One God. And we must believe their words and learn to understand who this One God is, and how we relate to this One God.

The scriptures are consistent with this theme and this true doctrine; all true scripture that is – because there is only One God. So Isaiah has introduced his message of the Holy One of Israel, let’s see what else he has to tell us. This will become critical when we move our discussion to the Book of Mormon and the prophets Nephi and Jacob who also taught concerning the Holy One of Israel. Moving on, Isaiah writes:

19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. (Isa 29:19)

12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: (Isa 30:12)

15 For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not. (Isa 30:15)

1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord! (Isa 31:1)

23 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel. (Isa 37:23)

14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. (Isa 41:14)

16 Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the Lord, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel. (Isa 41:16)

20 That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it. (Isa 41:20)

3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. (Isa 43:3)

From these verses we can learn that The Lord God is the Holy One of Israel. The meek shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel, but most other people will not look to the Holy One of Israel and they certainly won’t seek Him. They blaspheme against the Holy One of Israel who is their Redeemer. Mormons and even other Christians might at this juncture say, well this means that Jesus is the Holy One of Israel because it speaks of the Redeemer. That would be an incomplete understanding and go back to Isaiah’s earlier renunciation of those who try to limit God. We have to remove our rose-colored glasses and read and understand the scriptures for what they actually say and not what the chapter headings tell us to believe or the myriad of men’s philosophies regarding the nature of God.

How can we not love these words from Isaiah, “That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.” (Isa 41:20) Because this gives us hope that we will see, and know, and consider, and understand together the truth about God who has done all of these things; even the Holy One of Israel. And lastly in these verses Isaiah calls this God our “Saviour” which certainly does have links to Jesus Christ, but we must NOT sell ourselves short in seeking a full understanding about the nature of God and what Isaiah is talking about.

We must remember that the Isaiah story is all about the coming Great and Marvelous Work (GMW), therefore when he speaks of the Holy One of Israel as a Savior or as a Redeemer, he is speaking of God finishing his work during the GMW.

12 ¶Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last. (Isa 48:12)

4 Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am he. (Isa 41:4)

It’s critical that you know and understand that God will do His own work, or you’ll never perceive the meaning in the writing of Isaiah and the other holy prophets. All scripture is written about this ONE STORY of the end of days, and when this series of posts are complete, taken together with all that’s been posted on this blog, you will see the mystery of Godliness which the holy prophets and apostles have been describing throughout their writings and we hope you’ll then recognize this God without limitations! Let’s continue with Isaiah’s words on the Holy One of Israel:

11 Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. (Isa 45:11)

4 As for our redeemer, the Lord of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel. (Isa 47:4)

17 Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. (Isa 48:17)

7 Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee. (Isa 49:7)

5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. (Isa 54:5)

5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. (Isa 55:5)

9 Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee. (Isa 60:9)

Without repeating things I’ve already said, I will let these verses stand in their own light and fill you with wonder and awe and a desire to know more about this most wondrous Being Isaiah so lovingly calls The Holy One of Israel.

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The Holy One of Israel in The Book of Mormon