Who is God ~ The Names of God (Jehovah & Jehovah-M’Kaddesh)

Sunday Evening, November 6, 2016
 

Jehovah

 

  • The Meaning of the Name
    • It is from the Hebrew word for “to be” or “to have being”
    • All the names of God in Scripture are derived from God’s works, except Jehovah; and this is called the plain name, because it teaches plainly and unequivocally of the substance of God.
  • The Manifestation of the name
    • It was known as early as Genesis 2, but it was not fully revealed until Exodus 3.
    • Exodus 3:13-14 ~ “And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”
    • It is the name usually used by God to reveal Himself to His people.
    • It had significance to Moses
      • “I am that I am” or “I will be what I will be”
      • “I am …” – Moses could fill in the blank on the basis of what he needed.
    • The message of the name
      • It reveals God as a God of moral and spiritual attributes
        • Righteousness and holiness
        • It has a strong note of justice also
      • It reveals God as a God of love
        • His holiness must condemn
        • His love provides redemption
      • It reveals God as a God who seeks to restore
        • Leviticus 1-7 deals with the system of sacrifice and uses “Jehovah” 86 times.
        • Most of His acts of restoration are as Jehovah

 

Conclusion:

From the earliest days, the name of Jehovah was taken as the embodiment of that hope for the human race which found expression in sacrifice and prayer. It is as Jehovah that God provides for our salvation.

 

 

Jehovah-M’Kaddesh

 

The term “sanctification” is often used. The name of God used here has to do with sanctification and reveals something special about our relationship to God.

 

  • The Meaning
    • The usual: to be holy in the sense of freedom from sin
    • The primary meaning is “to set apart, to differentiate, to stress the difference between”
      • This is the essential meaning in regard to God, not His sinlessness but His differentness
      • Holiness is God first means, “difference from, set-apartness”
    • The Explanation
      • “Set yourselves apart and view yourselves as different”
        • Be different from the people around you
        • View yourself as different from the people around you
      • “Because I have made you different”
        • I have made you different, set you apart
        • This is supported in the same chapter of Leviticus 20
          • Verse 23 ~ Be different from the nation around you
          • Verse 24 ~ I have separated you from others
          • Verse 25 ~ I have put a difference, separated between various things
          • Verse 26 ~ I have severed you from other people
        • The Application
          • The Lord which sanctifies is the Lord who make you different, sets you apart
            • We are set apart for Him, made different from the world by Him
            • This has both positive and negative aspects
              • We are set apart to Him
              • We are made different from the world
            • This has many implications
              • We are to be like Him
              • We are to be different from the world in such things as perspective, value system, priorities and point of reference
              • Out of these differences arise our other differences, the things we don’t do and the things we do

 

Conclusion:

The Lord which sanctifies is the Lord who sets apart and makes us different. We are to view ourselves as different. We are to act differently. This includes the battle with sin, but it is a far bigger matter than that. The Lord wants us different; too bad we spend so much time trying to be like the world we are in.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
{pastorandy@cvcog.church}

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