Because of A Ruby Christmas and my upcoming book A Dozen Apologies, my voyage into Fathoming God by studying His Names has had to take a short break. This week and next week, I’ll discuss Jehovah M’Kaddesh, and take another little break until mid-February when I can fully jump in again.This name of God comes from Leviticus 20:8. It’s technical meaning is “The Lord, Who sanctifies you.” M’Kaddesh is from the Hebrew word that means set apart, make holy, or purify. So it is the Lord Who does the sanctifying, Who sets His people apart. And this is also where we get the word saint.
The word was used first in Genesis when God set apart the seventh day and made it holy. And God Himself is holy according to many verses. Not the least of which is Revelation 15:4 “Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. All nations will come and worship You, for Your righteous acts have been revealed.”
I think it’s rather telling that the name comes after a long list of sins and repercussions for them. I think it might be easy for people to consider our faith to be rather like the Pharisaical practices of old. Merely the religious keeping of a long list of thou shalt nots.
But I was struck as I read the list. They came from a loving Father, begging His chosen people to listen to Him and not make mistakes that would lead to their destruction. A lot like a parent reminding the child of all the things important before going to the first day of school.
- Listen to your teacher.
- Play nicely.
- Share with others.
- Don’t eat the crayons.
The list in Leviticus is our loving Father encouraging His people to keep themselves pure. And He specifies certain things to stay away from and how to avoid being drawn into the situations that would ruin their relationships with Him.
It’s important to note that this list isn’t for unbelievers. It’s for those who have taken on the name of Christ and committed to be like Him to the best of their ability. And while it is hard for me to enjoy reading a list of sins, it does confirm that there is indeed nothing new under the sun. I can only imagine how tough it was for our perfect Father to whisper the words to Moses as he penned this book.
But make no mistake. Even these sins, all of them, are completely forgiven and the person sanctified when he accepts the gift of Christ’s redemption. There’s a reason why the name is The Lord Who Sanctifies You and not The Lord Who Watches You Sanctify Yourself.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” I believe the healing from the practice of sin falls into this category and I’ve seen it happen to those who truly seek God and desire only what He wants.
Your Turn: How about you? Have you seen a healing from practiced sin? Maybe you’ve even experienced it yourself?