Did you ever wonder why God has so many names? Our God is so great that one name does not adequately describe who he is. God is not just the one who loves, he is love. He does not just bring peace, he is peace.
The name “Jehovah Mekoddishkem” describes not only what God does, but who he is. He is holy, he is set apart, but he also sanctifies and makes holy. This is good news for us. We are called to be holy, but in our broken state we have no possible way to achieve this. We can only change through the power and work of Jehovah Mekoddishkem, our Sanctifier.
The precious blood of Jesus redeems us, and by it we are set apart to belong to the family of God, to do good works and to grow in holiness (Tit. 2:14).
John 17:17 is extremely encouraging for those of us who are tired of the effects of sin in our lives and the sometimes seemingly slow progress we feel that we make. I know I often feel like I take one step forward and then two or three steps back. But Jesus prayed that God would sanctify his people. Jesus will not be denied.
He also prayed that Jehovah Mekoddishkem would use the word of truth to make us holy. In doing this he is allowing us to play a role in our sanctification. We must take advantage of it and immerse ourselves in our Bibles. I can confidently say that we will be changed!
I learned early on that to be “set apart” is ... a priceless privilege – it is a call to belong, to be cherished, to enter into an intimate love relationship with God Himself, much as a groom declares his intent to set his bride apart from all other women to be his beloved wife; to fit into the grand, eternal plan of our redeeming God for this universe; to experience the exquisite joys and purposes for which we were created; to be freed from all that destroys our true happiness.
- Nancy Leigh DeMoss
God promises to sanctify his people. To change you, Christian. So seek it, and you will find it because your God is "Jehovah Mekoddishkem".