Jehovah God: Holy and Hallowed

Holy.Hallowed

Monday’s column on the “Word of the Week:  Hallowed” elicited these questions from one of our readers.

Hello good brother!

Could you comment on a couple of points a bit further?

1) The name of God is hallowed. I would like to hear commentary on his name (Yahweh) versus the word “God” or “Lord.”  Or are all of those words hallowed? If all, why?

2) I do not find that Sunday is a hallowed day in and of itself. Acts 20:7 and Hebrews 10:25 do not–at least explicitly–say the day is hallowed. Why do so many of us consider the day “the Lord’s day,” or “hallowed?”

Thank you for all your good work. I pray the Lord’s blessings on you regularly.

Thanks for asking, Glenn!  These are good questions.

Both the Greek and Hebrew words that are translated “hallowed” mean holy.  Consecrated.  Set apart. Sanctified. Sacred. Dedicated.

The word “holy” is used 196 times in Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy. We read of a holy day. Holy habitation. Holy garments. Holy men. Holy offering. And holy things.

God’s name is holy and hallowed. “You shall not profane My holy name, but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel. I am the Lord who sanctifies you.”  (Ex 22;32)

One of the ten commandments in Exodus 20:7 is “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”  Indeed the word translated “Lord” is Yahweh.

It is summed up with God’s command to Israel in Leviticus 11:44. “For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy.

Yahweh is the covenant name of God. It means “the eternally existent One.”  He is the “Great I AM.”   It is used 6,823 times in the Old Testament in various ways.  Also other “names” or “designations” are used to refer to Jehovah.   Here are a few.

•El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)

•El Elyon (The Most High God)

•Adonai (Lord, Master)

•Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)

•Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)

•Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)

•Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)

•Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)

•Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)

•Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)

•El Olam (The Everlasting God)

•Elohim (God)

•Qanna (Jealous)

•Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)

•Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)

•Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)

However, the name of God is more than just a name. Or  title. Or Designation.  It speaks of His divine nature.  His character.  His personality. His attributes.  His Deity.

Profaning the “name of God” is more than using “Yahewh” in a flippant, vain, or unholy way.  It is a disposition toward Deity.  An unholy attitude toward  the divine “God-family.”

Jesus is called “the holy one of God” (Lk. 4:34).  The expression “name of Jesus Christ” is referenced 75 times in the New Testament.  He is to be honored, respected, and glorified.  The Spirit is called “holy” and He can be profaned, despised and insulted (Heb 10:29).

When we speak of Deity in a way that is unbecoming, unholy, or inappropriate we have profaned that which is hallowed.  A lack of respect that speaks of the Father, Son or Holy Spirit in crude, calloused, or light-minded manner is not in keeping with our call to holiness.

Peter reminds us of God’s desire for his people.  But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;  because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” (1 Pet 1:15-16)

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

Tomorrow I will address the second question on the issue of “the Lord’s day.”

 

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4 responses to “Jehovah God: Holy and Hallowed

  1. Glenn from Alabama

    So it seems that you are saying in other words that “the name of God” (as a concept) is hallowed, not just the literal name of God. I’ve never looked at it that way. Thank you for your response! I will be pondering this.

    • Hmmm, well that’s not what I meant! As I went back and read it, I don’t think that was the message. I listed the various names of God with the point, that just not the literally name of Jehovah is hallowed, but any “name” of God….including the word “God” Read it again and see if you don’t see my point. Thanks for reading and responding.

      Ken Weliever 400 NW Highcliffe Dr Lee’s Summit, MO 64081 Home Phone: 816-600-5001 Cell Phone: 813-507-1726 Church Office: 816-761-2659 preacherman@weliever.net web site: http://www.weliever.net/ blog: http://www.thepreachersword.com/ Church web site: http://hickmanchurch.com/

      • Glenn

        Thank you for your patience, Brother! I went back and read it again, making notes and questions along the way; and realized that I did not disagree with most of what you said, but my question(s) come from my trying to anticipate responses to me telling someone they shouldn’t take the name of God in vain. They could come back and say, “I’m not taking his name in vain because ‘God’ isn’t his name. Jehovah/Yahweh is his name.” I think maybe we should stop hanging our hat on the Commandment “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain,” and go more in the direction you did with your explanation that “When we speak of Deity in a way that is unbecoming, unholy, or inappropriate we have profaned that which is hallowed. A lack of respect that speaks of the Father, Son or Holy Spirit in crude, calloused, or light-minded manner is not in keeping with our call to holiness.”
        Question: What does “the covenant name of God” mean?

      • It is Yahweh, which means “the eternally existent One”  i.e.  “I Am that I am.

        Ken Weliever 400 NW Highcliffe Dr Lee’s Summit, MO 64081 Home Phone: 816-600-5001 Cell Phone: 813-507-1726 Church Office: 816-761-2659 preacherman@weliever.net web site: http://www.weliever.net/ blog: http://www.thepreachersword.com/ Church web site:  http://hickmanchurch.com/

                    

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