In our continuing look at the names for God, we see the name–Jehovah Mekeoddishkem–The God that sets us apart. Sanctification, by definition, is the ongoing process where God transforms us from the worldly-sinful people we were born to be; and makes us into his image and with his perspective. It is neither easy nor quick. From the Exodus from Egypt–God established a difference for his chosen people. He led them, fed them, protected them and taught them the true nature of following him. By the time he had them at the gates of Jericho, they had been transformed from slaves to the only truly free people on Earth. They stormed through Israel and owned the entire land in 5 years—slaves, simply do not have that power.
In our lives, God is working equally as hard to transform us into a free people. Like Israel, we were raised as slaves to sin. But Christ’s death, burial and resurrection freed us–just as he freed the children of Israel from the Egyptians. Once we were Justified (made free), then, he began the process of sanctifying us–transforming us into his image. It is that lifetime of crafting us into the eternal children we were set apart to be, that this name represents.
We all want to be saved from the eternal separation, but, it is hard to want to go through a lifetime of transformation. The great news is, however, that God carries out that process in us–we do not have to transform ourselves. He tells us in Philippians that he does the work and will continue to refine us until his return. It is his responsibility as Jehovah Mekoddishkem to do the transformation, it is simply our responsibility to remain available and teachable. Thank you, Lord that you set us apart and you transform us so that we can be truly yours and truly free!
God Bless You
Exodus 31:13 Amplified Bible
13 “But as for you, say to the Israelites, ‘You shall most certainly observe My Sabbaths, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, so that you may know [without any doubt] and acknowledge that I am the Lord who sanctifies you and sets you apart [for Myself].
Leviticus 20: 8 Amplified Bible
8 You shall keep My statutes and do them. I am the Lord who sanctifies you.
Philippians 1:6 Amplified Bible
6 I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].
Romans 12:1-2 New King James Version
12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God