Hallowed be Thy Name..
By Jim Murriner
First lets note that the word "hallowed" means to "sanctify"
To "sanctify" means to set apart,
We have many examples of this in the Word of God.
"Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine."
"And let the priests also, which come near to the LORD, sanctify themselves, lest the LORD break forth upon them."
For us to "Hallow' the name of God, is for us to set it apart
From all abuses, and to use it on in a reverent way.
To do this we must give Him high honour and render His name sacred.
We are to honour and sanctify His name, so that He might apear greater in the eyes of others.
We can not make Him any greater, but we can cause others to see how great He rally is.
When may we be said to hallow and sanctify His name?
I. We "Hallow" and "Sanctify" the name of God, when we give the same honour to God the Son as we give to God the Father.
John 5:23 "
That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him."
II.When we profess His name. And after professing Him, we
Live in a way that brings glory unto Him.
If we profess to know Christ as our personal saviour, and do not live in a way to bring Him glory, we profane the name of God.
"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."
III.We "Hallow" and "Sanctify" the name of God when we have an High Esteem for Him, and set Him High in our thoughts.
"And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God."
"The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice."
"I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most High."
"But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore."
"For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods."
"In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple."
IV.We "Hallow" and "Sanctify" God's name when we only use
It with great reverence. His name is sacred, and must be
spoken of with adoration.
Many times we see it used thusly in the scriptures.
"And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all."
"Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise."
V.We "Hallow" and "Sanctify" God's name when we worship Him as He has appointed.
"Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace."
It is the purity of the worship that God loves rather than the pomp.
It dishonors His name to bring anything into His worship which He has not instituted, as if He were not wise enough to appoint the manner in which He will be served.
"And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not."
"Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. ( What about Christ Mass and Easter)
VI.We "Hallow" and "Sanctify" God's name when we ascribe the honour of all we do to Him.
"Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts."
"But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me."
"Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake."
VII.We "Hallow" and "Sanctify" the name of God, when we obey Him.
"I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart."
The Wise men, not only bowed the knee to Christ, they gave gifts unto Him.
"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."
We hallow God's name not only by lifting up our eyes and hands to heaven and bowing the knee in prayer, but by presenting Him with golden obedience.
The cherubim representing the angels are set forth with their wings displayed, to show how ready they are to do service to God.
"And the cherubims spread out their wings on high, and covered with their wings over the mercy seat, with their faces one to another; even to the mercy seatward were the faces of the cherubims."
X.We "Hallow" and "Sanctify" God's name, by standing for His Truth.
"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."
"Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."