God is Jealous for His Name

Isaiah 48

Several times in Scripture, God speaks on the jealousy He has for His name.  (Note: God’s jealousy isn’t the same as sinful, human jealousy, but is a righteous jealousy, as it’s a part of who He is, and the longing is for what is His [praise, devotion, honor, glory, reverence].)  

In our headlining Scripture, He says to Israel: “For My name’s sake I defer My anger; for the sake of My praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off.”  He goes on to say in verses 10 and 11, “Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.  For My own sake, I do it, for how should My name be profaned?” 

Throughout the Old Testament, we see God’s jealousy for His name (cf. also Ezekiel 36:16-38; 2 Samuel 12:14).  The Israelites, as we see in chapter 48 of Isaiah, as well as in Ezekiel, chapter 20 (and in other places also), had a thing for idolatry, a habit they picked up from surrounding nations.  In spite of constant warnings, as well as the commandments given them by God, Israel chose to disobey.  And, like many today, they thought they could disobey, straddle the fence, and still please God.  But that wasn’t so.  Their hypocrisy was heinous to God, and it deserved justice (their total destruction).  Nevertheless, because the eyes of the pagan nations were upon the Israelites (these nations were aware that God had chosen Israel for His own people), God was merciful toward them, in order to keep His name from being profaned (as the pagan nations would have saw Him as powerless to keep His people, and their gods as mightier than He). 

Sisters, God’s name is important to Him.   And as those who profess to be His children, it should be just as important to us, and we shouldn’t want it profaned in any way. 

However, due to the actions of many in the church who profess to be believers (His children), God’s name is being profaned, trampled on, and treated as common.  His Word commands those who profess to follow Him to live holy (1 Peter 1:16), to walk uprightly (cf. Micah 6:8), to despise/hate all things evil (Psalm 97:10), as He does, to live our lives separated from the world and their anti-Christ way of living (2 Corinthians 6:17); yet, too many are doing the complete opposite, all while boasting the name of God.  And this shouldn’t be.  Straddling the fence has never been “okay” with God, as we see via the Israelites’ stories, as well as in Romans 2 and Revelation 3:14-22, and it shouldn’t be okay with anyone who claims to follow Him, either.   

That said, sisters, whether there be much compromising in your own lives right now, or in someone’s you may know, it is vital that it is corrected, and that you point it out to the one who may need correcting (cf. James 5:19-20). 

Remember: God is not, and cannot be, glorified in fleshly living; He’s glorified only in our surrender, our obedience, and when we walk worthy of the callings we have received.

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