CONCERN FOR HIS HOLY NAME

"I am the Lord" says Jehovah

Leslie M. John

“I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another,
neither my praise to graven images” (Isaiah 42:8)

The word of the LORD came to Ezekiel the prophet calling him as “Son of man”,
and explained to him as to how the “House of Israel”, (Northern Kingdom of
Israel), defiled the land by their ways and deeds that included idolatry
introduced by the tribes of Dan, Ephraim, and Kings Jerboam, Ahab and his wife
hat was right in the sight of the LORD.

The LORD likened their idolatry and their abominations to the uncleanness of a
woman in her menstrual impurity. They shed blood upon the land with their
sacrifices to the idols and polluted the land causing the LORD to pour out His
fury upon them, and scattering them among the nations.

The LORD judged them according to their ways and their deeds and scattered them in many countries in
the world. No one ever thought that their land which became desolate, and their
language which became extinct, would ever be revived.

The prophecies in Ezekiel Chapters 36 and 37 were fulfilled to the letter, and they became a nation in
1948 A.D. and their language Hebrew became their national language once again.

Even as they wandered in the countries on the face of the earth, they profaned
the LORD’s holy name in that the people said of them “These are the people of
the LORD, and yet they had to go out of his land.”

“I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them
to cease from among men: Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest
their adversaries should behave themselves strangely, and lest they should say,
Our hand is high, and the LORD hath not done all this” (Deuteronomy 32:26-27)

Amidst all such profanity the “House of Israel” brought to the LORD among the
nations the LORD’s concern was for His Holy Name which they were defiling. If
only He was not concerned of His holy name, perhaps their restoration would have
been a remote possibility.

Incorrigible as they were, the children of Israel defiled the name of the LORD
wherever they went, but the LORD had concern for His holy name, and the promises
that He made to their fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is that immense
concern of the LORD of His Holy name that compelled Him to have mercy on them
and call them as His people over and over again.

THE LORD PUTS HIS SPIRIT WITHIN THEM

In view of the fact that they continually defiled the name of the LORD and
deserved repeated chastisement, whereby the heathen nations derided of their
pathetic condition, as if the LORD was not capable of helping them, the only
alternative for the LORD was to put His spirit within them and give them a soft
and yielding heart to obey the LORD and be obedient to Him.

The LORD commands Ezekiel the prophet to say to the “house of Israel” that it
was not for their sake that the LORD was about to unite them with the “house of
Judah” (the southern kingdom of Israel), but for the sake of the concern He had
for His holy name, which they profaned among the nations wherever they went.

The LORD says He will vindicate before the eyes of the nations, the holiness of
His great name, whereby the nations will know that He is the LORD. He promises
that He will take them out of the nations and gather them from all countries,
and bring them into their own land. He says He will sprinkle as much clean water
on them as to cleanse them of their un-cleanness caused by their idolatry.

The LORD says He will remove their stony heart, the stubborn heart and will give
them a new heart of flesh, and will put within them a new Spirit that will make
them to walk in His ways and obedient to His statutes.

This alludes to the stony places where some of the seeds fell upon stony places
and did not spring up because there was no depth of the earth and the Lord
explains the parable saying the man with stony heart receives the word of God
but when tribulation or persecution comes along he is offended. (cf. Matthew
13:5, 20-21)

The LORD promises them that there will no more be famine in their land; instead
He will fill their land with grain and fruit. He blesses their fields to produce
in abundance, and will not allow their enemies to scoff at them any more. The
LORD promised and reiterated that He will give them one heart and new Spirit.

“I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for
their own good and the good of their children after them” (Jeremiah 32:39 ESV)

“And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will
remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that
they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be
my people, and I will be their God” (Ezekiel 11:19-20 ESV)

In the New Testament similar pattern emerged in Christian Church when in the
first century the multitudes, who believed, were of one heart and of one accord.
They did not take pride in saying their possessions as theirs, but considered of
belonging to all the believers, and gave them to the Lord.

“And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul:
neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his
own; but they had all things common” (Acts 4:32)

The LORD says when He gives the “House of Israel”, one heart to be in one
accord, and puts a new Spirit in their hearts, it is then that they will
remember their evil ways, and realize that their deeds were not good.

The LORD says it is not for their sakes that He does so, but He does it for His holy name
sake. He warns them to be ashamed of what they did in the past, and to loathe of
their past days when they lived in sin and repent. He says that they should
acknowledge over and over that He was restoring them back to their past blessed
status not because they deserved it but for the LORD’s holy name sake.

The blessings that the LORD will shower on them will include the cleansing of
their sin and their abomination leading to their idolatry. Their land, which was
desolate, will be blessed to become like the Garden of Eden, and their waste
lands, and their ruined cities, will be fortified and inhabited.

Consequently, the LORD will be honored, and the nations around them will see and understand
that He is the LORD God, who rebuilt their ruined places, and replanted that
which was desolate. The LORD says He spoke and, therefore, He will do it.

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those
days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on
their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (Jeremiah
31:33)

Many times Christian Churches take the promise in Jeremiah and apply it to
themselves. True Lord Jesus Christ said “… this is my blood of the new
testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28),
but the promise that is in Jeremiah 31:33 specifically belongs to the “house of
Israel” whom the LORD restores.

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the
Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write
them” (Hebrews 10:16)

The LORD also says that He will make the “House of Israel” ask of Him to
increase their people like a flock, like flock for sacrifices, like flock at
Jerusalem when they celebrate the feasts of the LORD. The cities will be filled
with flocks of people, and the LORD says that the people will know that He is
the LORD God, the God of heavens, who lives forever and ever.

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under
heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)

Salvation is in none other than Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came into
this world to save sinners. Anyone responding to His call and repents of one’s
sin will be saved and will receive everlasting life. It is not that we loved Him
first, but He loved us first and it is because He does it for His glory. When a
sinner repents and is saved heaven rejoices.

“Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who
repents.” (Luke 15:10 ESV)