Over the last few weeks I have been thinking about the nature of God and askign myself why he does what he does. Tonight I sat down and with the help of logos bible software looked up and meditated upon every verse in the bible (ESV) which uses the words ‘name’ and ‘sake’. I found that in the NT the church is called to suffer for his name’s sake. In the OT we see that God calls, creates, judges, leads, saves for the sake of his name. Furthermore we see that prayers, particularly in the Psalms, often appeal to God to act for the sake of his name. I encourage you to take a few moments to read prayerfully through the following verses. Sola Deo Gloria!
1 Sam 2:22
. 22 For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own.
1 Kings 8:41, 2 Chronicles 6:32
41 “Likewise, when a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, comes from a far country for your name’s sake 42 (for they shall hear of your great name fand your mighty hand, and of your outstretched arm), when he comes and prays toward this house,
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake
For your name’s sake, O Lord,
pardon my guilt, for it is great.
For you are my rock and my fortress;
and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;
Help us, O God of our salvation,
for the glory of your name;
deliver us, and atone for our sins,
for your name’s sake!
Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
that he might make known his mighty power.
But you, O God my Lord,
deal on my behalf for your name’s sake;
because your steadfast love is good, deliver me!
Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life!
In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!
For the sake of my servant Jacob,
and Israel my chosen,
I call you by your name,
I name you, though you do not know me.
9 “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.
10 Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have tried1 you in the furnace of affliction.
11 For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it,
for how should my name2 be profaned?
qMy glory I will not give to another.
Hear the word of the Lord,
you who tremble at his word:
“Your brothers who hate you
and cast you out for my name’s sake
have said, ‘Let the Lord be glorified,
that we may see your joy’;
but it is they who shall be put to shame.
“Though our iniquities testify against us,
act, O Lord, for your name’s sake;
for our backslidings are many;
we have sinned against you.
Do not spurn us, for your name’s sake;
do not dishonor your glorious throne;
remember and do not break your covenant with us.
9 But I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations among whom they lived, in whose sight I made myself known to them in bringing them out of the land of Egypt.
But I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, win whose sight I had brought them out.
22 But I withheld my hand and acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I had brought them out.
44 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for my name’s sake, not according to your evil ways, nor according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel, declares the Lord God.”
“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 the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came.1
O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”
22 and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. but the one who endures to the end will be saved.
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.
And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
2 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake.
17 You will be hated by all for my name’s sake.
6 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”
through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,
1 John 2:12
I am writing to you, little children,
because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.
3 John 7
For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.
I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you