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Father-Hallow thy Name

November 28, 2009

The Lord’s Prayer begins with the words “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name”. For many years of meditation on these words I have always thought that these words imply that we should begin prayer with praise and worship. Today I got a fresh revelation that I would like to share with you.

The correct translation should have read “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallow thy name”. The word “be” in the sentence and the “ed” from the word hallow are just translation errors. In the original language, “Hallow thy name” is the more appropriate construction and the meaning changes to putting a demand on God to do something for His name’s sake. Now this is consistent with many verses of scripture in the bible.

The word translated hollow is from a Greek word hagiazō pronounced hag-ee-ad’-zo which literary means to make holy, that is, (ceremonially) purify or consecrate; (mentally) to venerate: – hallow, be holy, sanctify . The root word of hagiazō is hagios (hag’-ee-os) which means to be physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated. (Strong’s Hebrew and Greek dictionaries)

Hence Jesus was teaching his disciples that when they pray they should begin with placing a demand on God’s holiness. That is, according to Numbers 23:19 (KJV): “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”

Below are a couple of supporting verses of scripture:

Ezekiel 36:20-24 (KJV) And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land. (21) But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. (22) Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. (23) And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. (24) For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

You see God’s name is tied to the Covenant between Himself and our Father Abraham. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee (Hebrews 6:13-14 KJV). In the above verses we read that God’s name was profaned when the heathen said that His people had gone out of His land. It’s like saying that God has failed to keep His covenant. Hence God arose and said I will sanctify my great name meaning that He will prove to the heathen that He is a faithful God by gathering back Israel from among the heathens and establishing them back to a position of honour.

Psalms 23:3 (KJV) He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Again in the above verse King David says that God restores and leads us for his names sake. That is He is faithful to the covenant promises.

You see even Christ made promises against His name. He said, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” John 14:13 (KJV). Here again we see that God’s name will be kept holy, sanctified and glorified through answered prayer. Hence the next time you knock your knees to the ground in prayer, put a demand on Jesus to hallow his holy name.

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