Jehovah M’Kaddesh: The Lord Who Sanctifies

Jehovah M’Kaddesh doesn’t have the same ring in English as Jehovah Jireh or Jehovah Shalom, so you may not have heard of it. What does “sanctify” even mean? Leviticus 20:7-8 says, “So set yourselves apart to be holy, for I am the Lord your God. Keep all my decrees by putting them into practice, for I am the Lord who makes you holy.”

Who can be holy?

You might wonder: who can be holy, putting all the Lord’s decrees into practice? Notice the end of the verse above. It is the Lord who gives us the capacity to be holy.

The Holy Spirit helps us

We have been looking at God’s names in the context of Psalm 23. Verse 5 tells us “…You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.” The Kings in the Old Testament were always anointed with oil to show that they were chosen. The Bible calls Jesus a King. How was he anointed? Acts 10:38 says with the Holy Spirit. And, so, we, today, as His “holy priesthood” and “royal nation”, are also anointed with the Holy Spirit. Recall from above that is the Lord who sanctifies us. One of the jobs of the Holy Spirit is to counsel us. He shows areas we need to change; He reminds us of Scriptures; He gives us strength to walk on the right path.

Ask Him for strength today. He does not want you to walk around feeling defeated. He is always ready to help.

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