An analysis of the motifs of defilement and holiness in light of God’s actions relative to His Name, the land and the nations: An exegesis of Eze 36:20-23 within the broader context of Eze 36:17-38
Keywords:Holiness, Defilement, Profanation, Sanctuary, Name of God
The name of God is as constitutive of His being as His being—there is no dichotomy. The Scripture presents God as jealously guarding his name in the same way He guards His holiness. Throughout God’s dealings with Israel He often demonstrated a keen interest in the influence exerted on behalf of His name especially in relation to non-Israelites. Honoring God’s name is exemplified through a life of obedience. The judgment and restoration of God’s people are intricately associated with the honor of His name. Defamation of God’s name results not only in personal consequences to the individual but the land and those associated with it are also adversely affected. Often times as it is the case in Ezek 36 God’s decision to save His people emanates from His unwavering commitment to the holiness of His name.
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