Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 10, 2023

“You shall not profane My holy name, but I will be sanctified among the sons of Israel; I am the LORD who sanctifies you, who brought you out from the land of Egypt, to be your God; I am the LORD.”

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus 22:17-33.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and to his sons and to all the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘Any man of the house of Israel or of the aliens in Israel who presents his offering, whether it is any of their votive or any of their freewill offerings, which they present to the LORD for a burnt offering— for you to be accepted—it must be a male without defect from the cattle, the sheep, or the goats.  Whatever has a defect, you shall not offer, for it will not be accepted for you.  …

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “When an ox or a sheep or a goat is born, it shall remain seven days with its mother, and from the eighth day on it shall be accepted as a sacrifice of an offering by fire to the LORD.  But, whether it is an ox or a sheep, you shall not kill both it and its young in one day.  When you sacrifice a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the LORD, you shall sacrifice it so that you may be accepted.  It shall be eaten on the same day, you shall leave none of it until morning;  I am the LORD.  So you shall keep My commandments, and do them;  I am the LORD.

“You shall not profane My holy name, but I will be sanctified among the sons of Israel;  I am the LORD who sanctifies you, who brought you out from the land of Egypt, to be your God;  I am the LORD.”  Leviticus 22:17-20 and 26-33. 


The subject of the first paragraph of today’s Scripture, namely the command that offerings to God be without defect, is worth repeating, and we covered that theme in the March 8, 2023 devotion that these verses and many other verses point to Christ and pound the table that He was without defect.  In addition, we can use this first paragraph to meditate that we should bring our best to the LORD. 

The next paragraph reminds us that offerings to God must be done in kindness with thanksgiving.  It is summed up in the phrase:  “you shall sacrifice it so that you may be accepted.”  In the following Scripture, there is a warning against a superficial attempt to satisfy God without considering overall what is good and acceptable.  “He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.  For Moses said, ‘HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER’;  and, ‘HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER, IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH’;  but you say, ‘If a man says to his father or his mother, whatever I have that would help you is Corban (that is to say, given to God),’ you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or his mother;  thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down;  and you do many things such as that.”  Mark 7:9-13.  

The last paragraph commands us to not profane the LORD’S holy name.  Profaning the LORD’S holy name should be abhorrent to us.  The LORD is both Almighty God and our Heavenly Father.  

First, the LORD is Almighty God.  The LORD’S sovereignty rules over all (Psalm 103:19), including the authority and power to cast people into hell.  “But I will warn you whom to fear:  fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell;  yes, I tell you, fear Him!”  Luke 12:5.

Second, the LORD is our Heavenly Father.  There are many Scriptures which speak of the loving care of our Heavenly Father.  Here are some.  

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”  Ephesians 1:3-6.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-7.

“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba!  Father!”  Romans 8:15.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:32.

But, despite these excellent reasons to not profane the LORD’s holy name, we still need and get help!

“Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went.  I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst.  Then the nations will know that I am the LORD,” declares the Lord GOD, “when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight.  For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land.  Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean;  I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.  Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you;  and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.  You will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers;  so you will be My people, and I will be your God.  Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness;  and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I will not bring a famine on you.  I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, so that you will not receive again the disgrace of famine among the nations.  Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and your abominations.  I am not doing this for your sake,” declares the Lord GOD, “let it be known to you.  Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel!”  Ezekiel 36:22-32.

The above Scripture sharply informs us that the LORD Himself will protect His own name.

“… I will be sanctified among the sons of Israel;  I am the LORD who sanctifies you, who brought you out from the land of Egypt, to be your God;  I am the LORD.”  Verses 32-33.

“9 “Pray, then, in this way:

‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10.


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