God is Jehovah-M’Kaddesh

smiley-1041796_1920 - Pixabay - use freelySometimes you’ve heard a word so often that it’s easy to just skip right through it and never stop to consider what it really means.  I think “sanctify” is one of those words.  It’s talked about in our churches and sermons but many of us have not considered its meaning and application in our everyday lives.

the Navigator’s tool “30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God” brings this word into focus by reminding us of one of God’s important names…

quoting from the Navigator tool:

God is Jehovah-M’Kaddesh.
This name means “the God who sanctifies.” A God separate from all that is evil requires that the people who follow Him be cleansed from all evil.

‘You shall consecrate yourselves therefore and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. ‘You shall keep My statutes and practice them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you.        Leviticus 20:7–8   

The word “sanctify” means “to set apart to a sacred purpose” and the idea of God being sanctified is an easy concept for us to grasp.  But, as mentioned in the Navigator tool above, God “requires that the people who follow Him be cleansed from all evil.”  That presents a problem because as human beings we are prone to be sinners.  No one, other than Christ Himself, ever lived separately from evil.  But, there is great news.  Jehovah-M’Kaddesh is “the God who sanctifies” us.  Therefore, in Christ Jesus and because of His shed blood, we are set apart from evil – in other words, sanctified.

An example of this is found in Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church.  They are a bunch of messed up folks.  He’s about to write this corrective letter telling them all the ways they are sinning and going astray.  Yet, in the second verse, Paul makes it clear that they ARE sanctified because of Jesus.  That’s great news for us all!

To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:         1 Corinthians 1:2    

But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,                   1 Corinthians 1:30  

In the book of Acts, Luke says flat out that those who come to faith in Christ are not only forgiven of their sins, they are sanctified by that same faith!  If you are a Christ-follower, that’s you!  So do we live like the sanctified few?  Do our lives make it clear we are set apart for a sacred purpose?  What is your sanctified purpose?

to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.          Acts 26:18   

Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.                                   1 Corinthians 6:11  

When we pray to Jehovah-M’Kaddesh we can be confident of being in the Lord’s presence because we are sanctified as righteous in Christ.

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.         2 Corinthians 5:21  

Think about it…


  • Mark says:

    Isn’t the first cup of Passover known as the “Keddesh” cup?

    • Len Allen says:

      You’re close… I confirmed the first cup of the Passover Seder is called the “Kiddush” cup … here’s some details: kid•dush \ˈki-dəsh, -dish; ki-ˈdüsh\ noun
      [Late Hebrew qiddūsh sanctification] 1753: a ceremonial blessing pronounced over wine or bread in a Jewish home or synagogue on a holy day (as the Sabbath)

      Jehovah-M’Kaddesh = (M-kad-desh) = (Leviticus 20:8); the LORD is sanctification; the LORD who sanctifies; the LORD does sanctify (sanctify = to set apart); root = M’Kaddesh = sanctify; holy; hallow; consecrate; dedicate; sanctuary; Holy One.The term “holiness” from the Hebrew “kodesh” is allied to sanctify, which is translated by words such as dedicate, consecrate, hallow, and holy in the Scriptures. GOD wants us to know Him as Jehovah-M’Kaddesh, Jehovah who sets us apart unto Himself. In connection with man, Jehovah M’Kaddesh (Jehovah who sanctifies), empowers us with His presence to set us apart for His service. [from “The exhaustive dictionary of Bible names” (pp. 86–87). North Brunswick, NJ: Bridge-Logos.

      So both come from the same root of “sanctify” or “holiness” – they are slightly different. The idea of being set apart applies to the Lord, God who IS the personification of Sanctification… and the first cup of the Passover which symbolizes that the people of God (today’s believing Jews and Gentiles) are set apart for God’s use.

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful question.

  • Warren Powll says:

    Hey, Len. Well done. Simple—not a lot of really ‘deep’ thinking on my part that I have to go off into another room and wait for an answer.

    Love in Christ…….

    Also, am messaging you a question.

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