Keep up the good work.
then, in this way: 'Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name. 10 'Thy kingdom
come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
11 'Give us this day our daily bread.
12 'And forgive us our debts, as we also
have forgiven our debtors. 13 'And do not
lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the
glory, forever. Amen.' 14 "For if you
forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly
Father will also forgive you. 15 "But if
you do not forgive men, then your Father will not
forgive your transgressions. Matthew 6:9-15 (NAS)
The English word "hallowed" comes from the
Greek word "hagiazo" which means to make holy
(e.g., to purify or consecrate ceremonially), to
venerate. The word "venerate" means to regard
with reverential respect or admiring deference; or
to honor with a ritual act of devotion.
Is God's Name Truly Hallowed In Your Life?
As you live your life, whose name do you put
first in your life...to regard as holy? Who is
it that you venerate or give your reverential
respect to? Do we live our lives so as to show
others that God's name is truly holy or hallowed?
Do you think that God wants us to speak or live
any way that we like...just as long as we say in our
prayers that His name is holy or hallowed? Or
do you think that God wants us to live our lives
consistently with the way we approach God in prayer?
no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil
and full of deadly poison. 9With it we
bless our Lord and Father; and with it we curse men,
who have been made in the likeness of God; 10
from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing.
My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.
James 3:8-10 (NAS)
Let's look at some scriptures that talk about the
holiness of God's name:
Speaking God's Name Inappropriately
The scripture gives many warnings about those who
use God's name in common ways, or in cursing or
blasphemy, or in ways that are vain or without
shall not take the name of the LORD your God in
vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who
takes His name in vain." Exodus 20:7 (NAS)
O that Thou wouldst slay the
wicked, O God; depart from me, therefore, men of
bloodshed. For they speak against Thee wickedly, and
Thine enemies take Thy name in vain.
Psalm 139:19-20 (NAS)
And men were scorched with
fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who
has the power over these plagues; and they did not
repent, so as to give Him glory. Revelation 16:9
Actions that Profane God's Name
Even though we may never speak God's name or use
His name inappropriately, the scripture speaks of
how our unholy lives may profane God's name.
Some examples follow:
shall be holy to their God and not profane the name
of their God, for they present the offerings by fire
to the LORD, the bread of their God; so they shall
be holy. Leviticus 21:6 6 (NAS)
I will also set My face against
that man and will cut him off from among his people,
because he has given some of his offspring to Molech*,
so as to defile My sanctuary and to profane My holy
name. Leviticus 20:3 (NAS)
As for you, O house of Israel,"
thus says the Lord GOD, "Go, serve everyone his
idols; but later, you will surely listen to Me, and
My holy name you will profane no longer with your
gifts and with your idols. Ezekiel 20:39 (NAS)
Remember this, O
LORD, that the enemy has reviled; and a foolish
people has spurned Thy name. Psalm 74:18 (NAS)
* note: Molech was a false god that some
worshiped in the Old Testament times.
How Can We Be Holy Before God?
to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and
to make you stand in the presence of His glory
blameless with great joy, to the only God our
Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory,
majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and
now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25 (NAS)
It is through being
clothed with Jesus
Christ that we can be made to stand before God
blameless (see Lesson 1).
Examples of Honoring God's Name
Jesus says in Matthew 6:9 that we should give
glory to God's name in this way or manner. The
scriptures provide many additional examples as to
how men verbally gave glory to God's name; a few of
which are included below:
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Thy name in all
the earth, who hast displayed Thy splendor above the
heavens! Psalm 8:1 (NAS)
I will be glad and exult in Thee; I will sing
praise to Thy name, O Most High. Psalm 9:2 (NAS)
I will tell of Thy name to my
brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will praise
Thee. Psalm 22:22 (NAS)
In God we have boasted all day long,
and we will give thanks to Thy name forever. Selah.
Psalm 44:8 (NAS)
As is Thy name, O God, so is Thy
praise to the ends of the earth; Thy right hand is
full of righteousness. Psalm 48:10 (NAS)
Thy name, O LORD, is everlasting,
Thy remembrance, O LORD, throughout all generations.
Psalm 135:13 (NAS)
"Father, glorify Thy name." There
came therefore a voice out of heaven: "I have both
glorified it, and will glorify it again." John
"Who will not fear, O Lord, and
glorify Thy name? For Thou alone art holy; for all
the nations will come and worship before Thee, for
Thy righteous acts have been revealed."
Revelation 15:4 (NAS)
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