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Knowing God by Name: Jehovah-M’Kaddesh - The LORD who Sanctifies

During the giving of the Law, not just the 10 Commandments, but the entire Law, Jehovah began to address the practice of the peoples and nations the Hebrews were to displace for their evil and treachery, and those who would be living around them, wherein they would sacrifice their firstborn by fire to their god Molech (Leviticus 20:1-6). This practice of infant sacrifice was to be punishable by death. If the children of Israel refused to execute the punishment (actually, the wages and reward) for this sin, Jehovah took it so seriously that He would execute judgment and punishment Himself.

Jehovah continued to instruct the Hebrews to not have anything to do with those who had familiar spirits (necromancers; those who controlled evil spirits that were intimately familiar with others) or were wizards (those who conjured ghosts [spirits that would appear as someone dead; disembodied spirits; evil spirits which had no human host to indwell]).

Jehovah instructed the Hebrews to not go whoring after such people; more plainly, to not become entwined with them and take to themselves their practices and forms of worship instead of remaining faithful to Jehovah (to not commit spiritual adultery).

Leviticus 20:7-8

7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be you holy: for I am the LORD your God.

8 And you shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you.

Jehovah instructed the Hebrews to cause themselves to be made clean and to be sacred and holy because “I am Jehovah Elohiym” (I AM the Self-Existent, Eternal Supreme Creator God; with the knowledge that it was Jehovah Elohiym who delivered the Hebrews from the slavery of the Egyptians and was preparing them to possess the Promised Land).

Jehovah further instructed the Hebrews to attend to His statutes in order to keep themselves hedged about (as with thorns) to protect themselves from the evil of their neighboring nations and those they would dispossess from the Promised Land.

Consider this, a small animal such as a rabbit, will often run and hide in a patch of thorns to protect itself from predators. In the same way, the Hebrews were to keep focused on living according to the instruction of God (Torah) in order to protect themselves from falling prey to the same evils.

Then Jehovah revealed another characteristic of Himself, telling the Hebrews, “I AM Jehovah-M’Kaddesh” (I AM The Self-Existent, Eternal God who Sanctifies you [who sets you apart unto Himself as holy]).

Next week we will look at why Jehovah became Jehovah-M’Kaddesh to the Hebrews.

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