Jehovah Mekoddishken: The Lord Who Sanctifies You (Exodus 31: 13; Leviticus 20: 8)

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Jehovah Mekoddishken The Lord Who Sanctifies You ( Exodus 31: 13; Leviticus 20: 8). Several times in Scripture we see God directly reveal himself as Jehovah Mekoddisdkem, “The Lord who sanctifies us”. The first is in Exodus 31: 13 “Speak also to the children of Israel, saying, ‘Surely, My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.’ Also, in Leviticus 20: 8 “And you shall keep my statutes, and perform them : I am the Lord who sanctifies you”.

The word translated “sanctifies” (and the word from which Mekoddishkem derives) is “qadash”, which means “to be or make clean”, to consecrate, dedicate, set apart, be holy”.

In Leviticus 11: 44, God says to the Israelites, “ Be ye holy, for I am holy”. And again in 1 Peter 1: 16, the Apostle Peter quotes this verse, writing, “Because it is written, ‘Be ye holy, for I am holy.’”

The word translated “holy” means pure, immaculate, blameless, sinless, clean. But here we run into a problem, for none of us is anywhere close to pure, sinless, blameless, immaculate, or clean! Romans 3: 10 tells us flat out, “There is none righteous, not one”. And Isaiah 64: 6 says even our “Righteousness” can be as dirty as “Filthy rags”.

How on earth can we be “clean” when even our “goodness” is dirty?

Only because there is One Who sanctifies us and make us clean. Not by overlooking our sins, but by cleansing us of our sin through the payment of the blood of Jesus (1 John 1: 7).

And this is the same One Who then empowers and enables us to choose holy living.

It’s entirely possible to be moral without God (although morality itself cannot exist without God, but that’s another discussion!). Atheists and agnostics can be the most moral people among us! But their (and our) “acts” of morality, righteousness, and holiness can never make them (or us) thoroughly clean inside. The stain of sin remains until and unless we let the blood of Christ wash it away.

Thank God we have not been left alone in our sin and wandering, There is One Who sanctifies us.

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