You have a sin condition. Everyone does.
This time we’re looking at the name Jehovah M’Kaddish (yeh-HO-vaw m-kaw-DASH) which means [set apart/separate/purify/dedicate] – important for those of us who sin.
As if living in a global pandemic wasn’t enough, in October 2020, my small Oklahoma town experienced a crazy ice storm. Power went out at my elementary school around 9:15 am on Monday. It came back on sometime Friday night. No, not because of a sin condition. Bear with me.
Power also went out at home. Power lines went down all over town. Over 75% of homes were without power at one point. We slept in coats and gloves.
We were much more fortunate a few months ago when we had another crazy polar vortex that brought record low temps. And over a foot of snow! People were dripping their faucets, and the city ran dangerously low on water. Add in a water main break or two, and we had to use bottled water – OR BOIL IT – before we could drink from the tap. It had to be PURIFIED. It just wouldn’t work for the unclean water to be in contact with us.
And sin works the same way. God can’t be around sin. So once Adam and Eve messed that up for all of us, God had to devise a fix – a SOUL cleaner, if you will.
There are 3 things God has lined out in Scripture for us to do to treat this sin condition:
1. Remember the Sabbath:
During Creation, (Gen. 2:3) Elohim set aside the 7th day as holy. In Ex. 31:12-13, He reminds Moses that His people need to demonstrate reverence for the day: “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you.” This is also mentioned in Ezekiel 20:12. (It’s a reminder because He first commands them to keep the Sabbath holy in Ex. 20:8)
2. Set yourself apart from sin for God:
I saw a sign outside a church recently that said, “God wants full custody, not just weekend visits.” He wants us to go all in. We are told to consecrate ourselves [to make or declare sacred; set apart, or dedicate to God’s service; devote or dedicate to a purpose]. Immediately after telling Israel that they would be cut off if they follow mediums and familiar spirits, God tells Moses in Lev. 20:7-8, “Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD, your God. And you shall keep my statutes, and perform them; I am the LORD who sanctifies you.” In other words, avoid spirits that are not of God, and focus on living your life for God. Col. 3:17 tell us, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the LORD Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (See also Romans 12:1).
So how do you set your self apart for God? How are we sanctified?
3. Accept Christ as Your blood sacrifice to cover your sin.
In the Old Testament, sanctification [being set apart] came only through a blood sacrifice that had to be repeated. But Jesus died on the cross for us – once and for all. Hebrews 13:11-12 says, “For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore, Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.” Even the smallest detail matches up in Scripture. If sacrifices must be made outside the city gate, then Jesus would have to be crucified outside the city gate. And He was. God sent Him to die. The God Who Sanctifies sent His Son as the ONE Who Sanctifies!
For more information on meeting Christ as your personal Savior, go here.
Prayer – using 4 Aspects of Prayer
Adore – All praise to Jehovah M’Kaddish and Jesus whose very blood makes my salvation possible.
Admit – There are days when I take Your enormous sacrifice for granted. Forgive my short memory.
Ask – Dig deep within me, Father God, and clean out every crack and crevice. Make my heart spic and span for You.
Acknowledge – I thank You, God for the blood sacrifice needed to make me right with You, once and for all.