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Hallowed Be Thy Name (Part One)

21 Aug

Matthew 6:9-13 9 1 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our 1 daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from 1 evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Jesus’ first task in teaching his disciples how to pray was to create in them an ardent zeal, desire and passion to protect and lift up the sacred name of Yahweh; thus distinguishing His will from their own. You will notice that he started this lesson with a declaration of praise: “Hallowed (or holy) is your name,” not petitions or requests!  When we come into God’s presence, we are to do so with this thought first and foremost in our mind: Hallowed (holy, awesome, sacred, terrifying) is thy most wonderful and glorious name: the name which is above all other names.  The word hallowed is translated from the Greek word a`gia,zw which is generally accepted as meaning “to set apart or to sanctify; to purposefully and intentionally distinguish between what is holy and what is common: between the sacred from the profane.   This word can be easily found in the LXX as far back as in Genesis 2:3, where we find this word used to describe how God intentionally ‘set apart’ the seventh day by declaring it be a day of rest and dedicated to be used as something special apart from the regular activities of the other six creation days.

When we come into God’s presence, we must have enough sense to rightly discern just how opposite our fallen adamic nature is from His; thus praying with true piety and reverential fear.  When one stops to examine the significance of the cross (in regards to our prayers in light of accepted New Testament theology) the mind should at once begin to rejoice at the incredible resources that we as believers have been given access to all because of the obedience of one man: the Lord Jesus Christ.  Can you name any other great leader in all of history that granted to their subjects unlimited access to theur throne anytime of the day or night.  Yet for those of us who are true believers in Jesus Christ, that fulfill in our spirit the essential and basic requirements for Christian living and who strive to maintain the accepted practices of the Christian life: we have been given open and unrestricted access to the very presence, source and author of all of creation by means of his Holy Spirit, which he gives with abundance to those that ask. Even the seemingly least and most insignificant in God’s kingdom (a kingdom that cannot be received or lived out by any earthly methods or means) have been granted equal access, strength, and ability to draw nigh to God; thus to approach the very throne room of his grace where Christ sits as the divine intercessor and mediator for all that put their trust in Him.  He does this by declaring us “not guilty” to the Father in the presence of the holy angels as well as to silence Satan, the accuser of the brethren, who just like a child seemingly has to be told over and over again that God chooses not to hold anything against those whom he has called to love him and receive his salvation in their inner man. This is true for all God’s children who sincerely love him no matter what their present circumstance our situation may be.


A`gia,zw is translated in the Greek LXX from the Hebrew Old Testament word q’dosh142 times (plus once in the book of Judith), much more than from any other Hebrew word. Therefore it may be safely assumed these words have very much in common and may even be held in the readers mind as almost identical (in regards to their respective languages) although q’dosh may in certain cases have a somewhat larger meaning that that is generally recognized as being attributed to a`gia,zw, as there are generally many more Greek words that are available to describe Hebrew words than vice versa; as the Greek language is by comparison a much larger entity of words.

[2] John 16:23-24 “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full”.

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