Hallowed Be Thy Name
This phrase seems simple enough to understand and doesn’t appear to require any explanation. But let’s give one anyway.
I think that it is safe to say that we all agree that the person of God Himself is holy. He is sacred and pure. He is set apart from any other.
Jesus here in Matthew 6 is telling us that the even very name of God is holy as well.
What is God’s name? We call Him many things. Jehovah, Yehweh, God, Father, El Shaddai, Lord, Father, and many others.
God’s name, as written in the original Hebrew, is YHVH (or YHWH in more contemporary versions). This is known as the tetragrammaton. The Hebrew alphabet has no vowels, so any that are placed within, however reasonable sounding, are purely arbitrary. It’s precise pronunciation is also a matter of some debate.
The following is a definition of YHVH from Bible.org
“(2) Yahweh (YHWH):Comes from a verb which means
“to exist, be.” This, plus its usage, shows that this name
stresses God as the independent and self-existent
God of revelation and redemption”
God, by definition of His name and his promises, is not constrained by anything other than what He has said He would or would not do. He is just and righteous, which means He follows his own rules. When He said that He would never again destroy the world by flood, He placed that limitation upon Himself, and He will honor it. It is through Him alone that we can receive redemption, and thereby salvation.
The scribes who copied the Talmud took the name of God so seriously that they had a ritual they were required to perform each time they were about to write His name.
The following is taken from BibleMuseum.net:
“Many of the rules for copying the Scriptures dealt with
the character and heart of the scribe himself.
A scribe had to speak and sing aloud each word as he wrote it.
They washed their hands before each writing session,
not just to make them clean, but rather to prepare the heart
and mind for performing the holy act of writing the Word of God.
They also prayed before each session. Writing a Torah is a
“mitzvah,” a holy act. Before writing “Jehovah,” the name of God,
the scribe had to clean the pen and wash their entire bodies in a “mikveh,”
a pool of natural running water. In writing the Scriptures,
scribes were careful to show great reverence and respect,
even centuries before the Hebrew Scriptures were canonized,
showing that from the earliest times these
writing were recognized as God’s Word.”
We generally use the name “God” when referring to our Creator and we throw that name around as a curse word. It doesn’t mean anything to us. It holds no special meaning or value.
[Exo 20:7 KJV] 7 Thou shalt not take the name
of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will
not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
The Third Commandment tells us that we shall not take the name of God in vain. We are not to treat it as though it were nothing and of no value. Those who do will be found guilty and called upon by God to answer for their actions.
When God was speaking to Moses from the burning bush, Moses asked God who he should say sent him, God told him,
[Exo 3:14 KJV] 14 And God said unto Moses,
I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say
unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
The Great I AM. The one who was, is, and shall be forever. He has no beginning and no end. He always was, before time existed. He is outside of our space-time. He can see forward and backward from the beginning of time to the end and thereafter.
He is also called :
Elohim – Creator, mighty and strong.
Yahweh – Jireh, The Lord will provide.
Yahweh – Rapha, The Lord heals.
Yahweh – Shalom, The Lord our Peace.
Yahweh – Tsidkenu, The Lord our Righteousness.
Yahweh – Elohim, The LORD of Lords.
El Elyon, Most High.
He is known by many, many other names as well.
The many and varied names of God reveal who He is to us. That would be everything. He provides all the things that we need for our daily and spiritual life. It is from Him that we receive the righteousness that we cannot obtain on our own by our own hands.
Call on the name of the Lord. His name has power and authority unlike any that you can imagine. He can rescue you from any trouble, heal your spirit, and give you peace.