Summary: focusing on 3rd statement of the Lord's Prayer
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Opening ILL/ Dialog: Job - many problems. Cattle, sheep, kids - DEAD. day 1
wife - “curse God and die”
Friends - came condemning Job for “???”
Job - one major flaw his tongue
Job cried out... (3:1)
Eliphaz the Temanite answered ... (4:1)
Job answered ... (6:1)
Bildad the Shuhite answered ... (8:1)
Job answered ... (9:1)
Zophath the Naamathite answered ... (11:1)
23 chapters of back and forth, then Job really lets his OPINION of God be heard. For 6 chapters; each is introduced and Job continued: defining God, explaining God, reviewing God...Then
38:1 “Then the Lord answered Job” Job hears the first word and realizes he talked about God, but never “hallowed” Him.
Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? Job 38:3-7(NIV)
God is saying to Job, “you are not on my level.” Do not speak “with authority” about me, speak with reverence toward Me, and towards My place in your Life.
“Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep? Job 38:16
“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail, Job 38:22
“Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?
Do you make it leap like a locust, striking terror with its proud snorting? Job 39:19-20
“Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread its wings toward the south? Job 39:26
Once you can answer these simple questions, Job, then we can talk about your bit of pain and suffering.
Then Job answered the Lord:
“I am unworthy—how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth. Job 40:3-4
Before he heard God, Job could not speak enough. After he heard God, he could not speak at all!
The word for such moments is reverence.
“When you pray “hallowed be thy name,” you climb to a new level of respect for God and reverence for his person. You are ascending to the very heart of God to recognize who His and what He has done for us.” - Elmer Towns Praying Through the Lord’s Prayer
What does it mean to “hallow” His name? The word “hallow” is the Greek word hagios which is the word for holy, “Hallow” means “to set apart as holy, to consider holy , to treat as holy.” The best modern word perhaps is reverence. When you pray “hallowed be your name” you are saying, “let your name be holy and reverence on earth as it already is in heaven.
John Hamby says we are saying, “May your name be given the unique reverence that is due your character and nature as the Heavenly Father.”
When you begin your prayers “Hallowed be thy name,” you are not rushing into the presence of God to demand something, you come into his presence recognizing who God is and what He can do for you.”
The name of God is always an expression of His character. The Psalmist said (20:7) “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember (boast ) the name (character) of the LORD our God”. (NKJV)
His Names are Holy
When we understand that God’s names reveal who God desires to be in relation to us, then we realize that His names invite us to know Him.
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead,….” (NKJV)
“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork”. (NKJV)
We can reverence God and worship him by Praying Through the Names of God. Each of the names of God reveals some aspect of his character.
Elohim – the mighty Creator (Gen 1:1)
Adonai – master or Lord ( Gen 15 – Abraham)
El Shaddai – Almighty (Gen 17 – Abraham)
El-Elyon- Most High (Gen 14 – Abraham)
El Roi - The Strong one that Sees (Gen 16 – Hagar)
El Olam - Everlasting God (Gen 21:22-33)
Jehovah – self-existent one (Exodus 3: 14-15 – Moses)
Jehovah Jireh – the Lord our Provider (Gen 22)
Jehovah M’kaddesh – the God who Sanctifies(Lev 20:1-8)
Jehovah Nissi – the Lord our Banner (Exodus 17:8-16)
Jehovah Rohi – the Lord my Shepherd (Psalm 23)
Jehovah Rophe –the God who Heals (Exodus 15:22-26)
Jehovah Shalom – the Lord of our Peace (Jud. 6:11-24)