Saturday, May 26, 2018

Malachi 2:1,2 - Give Glory to My Name

Malachi 2:1-2 - And now, O priests, this command is to you.[2] If you will not hear, and if you will not set it on your heart to give glory to My name, says Jehovah of Hosts, then I will send the curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. And indeed, I have cursed it, because you are not setting it on your heart. -- Green's Literal.

This was a direct command to the priests of His covenant people, Israel. The principle holds true, however, with the common priesthood (1 Peter 2:9) of those who belong to Christ in the covenant made with Abraham. (Galatians 3:17,18,26-29) Such should indeed, seek to glorify the name of the God and Father of their Lord Jesus both in word and deed. 

On the other hand, there are "priests" who profess to be Christian who claim authority over fellow believers. Such generally pursue a course similar to the servant Jesus describes in Matthew 24:48-50; Luke 12:45. These often, in some way or other, claim a lordship over others, similar to the Gentiles that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 20:25; Luke 22:25. Even the use of the Holy Name can be misused as a point to beat fellow believers into subjection. Indeed, such often by their teachings and authoritarian practices bring discredit to the name (reputation) of the One whom they claim to be glorifying.

Nevertheless, it still should be recognized that the Holy Name should not be changed to other words, such as Adonai, Elohim, Lord, the Lord, God, etc. Not only does doing this mean that one is adding to and taking away from the God's words, but it presents many verses throughout the Bible with a lie. God did not say that His name is the LORD, as many translations read in Isaiah 42:8, thus to change the Holy Name to other words in such scriptures actually represents a lie.

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