Honoring the Name
Today’s reading: Leviticus 20-21; Matthew 28
6 They shall be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God. For they offer the Lord’s food offerings, the bread of their God; therefore they shall be holy. Leviticus 21:6
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
God revealed His name to Man. He directed the Israelites to worship Him and warned the priests not to profane His name. Jesus revealed the Father and sent His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Obviously, the name of God is to be hallowed. The name of God is not to be taken lightly or in vain. Those who are Jesus’ disciples go on His authority, not their own. They go with a purpose which includes making disciples and baptizing them in the name of the Triune God.
This is serious business. Missionaries go. Churches send them and support them. Christians in every nation reach out with the gospel and seek to make disciples. All of this is because of the name of God who has revealed Himself beginning with the first man and woman to whom He promised a seed that would crush the head of the deceiving Serpent.
The priests of ancient Israel were careful not to profane the sacred name of God. We, as disciples of Jesus Christ, go in His name to our world, making disciples and calling them to be baptized in the holy name of God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Let us hallow God’s name and take this commission seriously.