Polluting the Name of the Lord
Jeremiah 34:16 -
But ye turned and polluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom ye had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids.
I always believe a firm foundation of understanding on a matter will help a person really grow in knowledge and understanding on that matter. Therefore I always test the foundation of what I know when I study on that topic.
Of late the Lord has been teaching me on authority and as we all know authority come by the holy and precious Name of the Lord. In John 17:12 Jesus declares that in His Name is the Name of the Lord. In the Old Testament the Lord as many Names so the question comes which is his Name?
People put Yahweh as the Name and the others as references to the Lord. The word Yahweh is man created because the original word is 4 constants YHWH, the vowels were put for pronunciation. Jehovah (Yahovah) / Jah (Yahh) / Yahovih are the variations of YHWH.
In the New Testament the only place the Hebrew [references] to God is used by Jesus to Himself.
My question to the Lord was what is your Name? To this He answered - what is your name? So then came my questions as to what is my name?
In this world we have a name XYZ and we all know there are many XYZ existing in our time. What about those before and yet to come? If our name is written in the Book of Life then which XYZ will it refer to? If God says I am unique and my name is written on the palm of His Hand then what is this unique name?
Interestingly if you live in India you get to learn a lot from the ways of man. In India the south Indians identify themselves by their name, their father's name, the name of the place they were born and the clang they belong. In other places they use their name, the name of their father and their family name to identify themselves. The Catholics have a maternal name, a baptismal name, their father's name and the name of their family.
Summarizing all this, when God says He knows our name it means the unique who we are. In all creation God has not created another you or me. There may be another person looking identically like us, even speaking like us and also with the same name but yet we will not be identical inside.
Our earthly name is connected to our earthly life but each one of us has a heavenly name which is unique to us and which the Lord knows.
The Lord's Name defines who He is and His uniqueness. When we stand in His Name we are to show who He is. If we misrepresent Him by showing another character of Him we are polluting His Holy Name. For God is Holy, His ways are Holy and His Name is Holy.
The Church since ages has been misrepresenting God and in the Name of the Lord feeding its own carnal desires thus polluting His Name.
We all are not perfect and all do mistakes but when knowing we are wrong still continue to do so is of concern and not acceptable. God calls them stiff neck people and His wrath is on them. If you are part of just a congregation which is polluting things which are holy unto the Lord, it is your duty to correct that congregation. And if you are unable to do so better move out of that congregation and move in to another wherein you will grow and not face the wrath of God.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, You are Holy, Holy is your Name and there is none like You. Lord, forgive us for the times we polluted your Name by misrepresenting You unto others. Help is Lord that when we take your Name we also stand by your holiness. Help us to take courage and stand by your Word and not fear man...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.
4 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.
5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am [Existing One].
59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
13 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?
14 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.
12 While I was with them, I kept them in thy name which thou hast given me: and I guarded them, and not one of them perished, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
21 Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is The LORD [YHWH - Existing One].
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
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