Jehovah Mekoddishkem

Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah Mekoddishkem occurs 2 times. Jehovah Mekoddishkem is first used in Exodus 31:13.

Variant spellings: Jehovah M’kaddesh
Jehovah Mekoddishkem in the Septuagint: kurios ho hagiazôn humas — the Lord that sanctifies you

Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” — this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Mekoddishkem derives from the Hebrew word qâdash meaning “sanctify,” “holy,” or “dedicate.” Sanctification is the separation of an object or person to the dedication of the Holy. When the two words are combined — Jehovah Mekoddishkem — it can be translated as “The Lord who sets you apart.”

The Names of God in the Old Testament

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of the names of God in the Old Testament.

Mekoddishkem comes from the same Hebrew root word as the words saanctify, holy, and set apart.  The term sactification refers to the process by which we are set apart as special to God, and made more Christ-like.  The Israelites were instructed to set aside a day to be holy and different from the rest as a reminder that God had set them aside to be holy and different from the rest of the world.

Exodus 31:13
Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.

Sanctification begins at the time of our salvation (Hebrews 10:10-14), but it is a continual process carried out by the Holy Spirit, and it is our responsibility to pursue holiness (2 Timothy 2:21).  We can do this through prayer, reading His Word, and true worship.  In addition, our victories over the flesh serve to sanctify us.