Sermon on the Mount – Hallowed Be Your Name


Sermon on the Mount – Hallowed Be Your Name

What’s in a name?

 

Text: Matthew 6:9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

 

While the phrase “Our Father in Heaven” speaks of our access to the Father. The phrase “Hallowed be your name” speaks to the focus of our worship. The question is who or what do we worship? The fact is we will all worship something or someone. Bob Dylan’s song “You Gotta Serve Somebody, fits appropriately here:

You may be an ambassador to England or France,
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance,
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world,
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

You might be a rock ‘n’ roll addict prancing on the stage,
You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage,
You may be a business man or some high degree thief,
They may call you Doctor or they may call you Chief

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

In the phrase “hallowed be your name” there are two key words: “hallowed” and “Name.”

Name – hink of who that person is. We think of their attributes as a person. For example, when I mention the following names what do you think of:

  1. Kennedy family
  2. Donald Trump
  3. Arnold Schwarzeneggar
  4. Harold Camping

 

A person’s name represents:

  1. Identity – who a person is.
  2. Relationship – how are they connected to one another? Are they a relative, a friend or an acquaintance
  3. Authority – what power do they hold?

 

The word hallowed speaks to us about worship as it is a term that means to consecrate or set apart. We worship God and God alone. In essence when we pray “Hallowed be your name” we are asking God to help us see Him as pure and holy and then to show to others His purity and holiness in the world around us. In other words we are declaring that God is Holy and worthy of worship. It is for this reason that we do not come to God just to have our prayers answered but to identify with Him and to allow Him to be manifested in our lives.

Four ways to hallow His Name:

  1. To believe in Him – In Numbers 20:12 we have these words. And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.” God is accusing Moses of not trusting God when he struck the rock to bring forth water. As a result, he faced the consequence of not seeing the promise land. When we treat God as holy we trust Him at His word.
  2. By not fearing what men fear but by fearing God“Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the LORD of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. (Isaiah 8:12-13) Fear of man will be paralyze us and force us to worry about what others think to the detriment of accomplishing anything for God. Secondly, we must be worried about what the world is worried about because we know who holds our future in the palm of his hand. Colossians 3:23-24 –
    Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
  3. We keep His commandments – “So you shall keep my commandments and do them: I am the LORD. And you shall not profane my holy name, that I may be sanctified among the people of Israel. I am the LORD who sanctifies you… (Leviticus 22:31-32). John 14:15 “If you love me keep my commandments.” I John 2:4 – Whoever says “I know Him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in Him.” And then in 1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”
  4. We glorify God –
    Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD has said, ‘Among those who are near me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.'” And Aaron held his peace.
    (Leviticus 10:3). We are not just Christians on Sunday morning but where ever we go we must bring Christ into the situation. We bring Him onto our jobs, the school we attend, the people we meet and so on.

 

Therefore, when we pray Hallowed be your name we are recognizing that God can be believed in. He is to be feared. We are to keep His commandments and we are to glorify His name in all we do. When we understand this we realize that true prayer is coming to the Father to submit to His will.

When we worship we become like the god you worship, even if you don’t realize that you are worshipping. So, when we pray “hallowed be your name” we are asking for God to be revealed in our lives and that we will become a bit more like the Father.

Have you fully dedicated your life to worshipping Him? If not you can do that right now.


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