Lord’s Prayer notes #2: Hallowed be thy name

Following are the rough teacher’s notes from week 2 of a recent eight-week adult Sunday School series on the Lord’s Prayer. See also week 1, week 3, week 4, week 5, week 6, week 7, and week 8.

Petition 1: “Hallowed be Thy name”

1. “Hallowed”

Hallowed: “Understood and worshipped as holy”

Where do we see God’s holiness? Multifaceted thing…
– His law: Psalm 19:7-11
– His power to save: Ex 15:9-13
– His mercy and truth: Ex 34:6-7
– His awesome name: Psalm 99:1-9

2. Problems

2.1. We’re bored with His holiness

  • Moses trembled
  • The people said, “We can’t bear it!”
  • Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah – confessed their sins & people’s, felt unworthiness
  • Isaiah – “Woe to me!”
  • Ezekiel – Fell on his face

Us: No fear of God

Even dread…
Is 8:13-14 “It is the LORD of hosts whom you should regard as holy. And He shall be your fear, and He shall be your dread. Then He shall become a sanctuary…”

Jer 2:19 “…the dread of Me is not in you,” declares the Lord GOD of hosts.

2.2. We grumble at His care

We say…
– The Lord doesn’t send the rain
– The Lord doesn’t send the traffic patterns
– The Lord doesn’t send the struggles at work
– The Lord doesn’t send the difficulties with our children or with our parents
So…we’re free to grumble
– Like the Israelites – instead of crying out to God
We act like He wouldn’t listen anyway

2.3. We take credit for the good

When God blesses our efforts with success, we don’t give Him the glory. We attribute it to our…
…smarts
– Nebuchadnezzar, “The king reflected and said, ‘Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?'”
…or to luck
…it just worked out

2.4. When people don’t know we bear Christ’s name

When we calculate that people won’t know we bear Christ’s name, we don’t bother honoring Him
– On the road – unkind
– On the internet
– in public
This is treachery

2.5. When people *do* know we bear Christ’s name

  • At work – waste time – don’t care about our master/boss’s success
  • At home – lead our wives & children/brothers & sisters for our convenience
  • Talking with others – very concerned that they like us, unconcerned with whether we are honoring God
    We’re called to be ambassadors, “Be reconciled to God!” -> we’re poor ambassadors

2.6. We’re embarrassed

  • At the thought of desiring everyone in our land to honor Christ
  • At the thought of the civil magistrate giving glory to God
    We don’t want this!

2.7. We don’t approve of God’s judgment on evil, either

Psalm 34:16 “The face of the LORD is against evildoers, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.” – chafe!

Summary:

Apathy
Grumbling
Taking credit for what God has done
Treachery
Poor ambassadors
Ashamed
Don’t approve

“Hallowed be Thy name”?
We’re working against it!

We must repent!

3. Repentance

3.1. For grumbling: 2 things

3.1.1. Thanksgiving – some things are His provision

Theft -> don’t trust in things
Toil -> patience and diligence and faith
Government slowness -> Longing for God’s perfect government

3.1.2. Otherwise, petition

Psalm 13
Psalm 74:1-11, 18-23
Seems sacreligious!
Unrighteous judge, Luke 18:6-8
“will He find faith on the earth?” What’s it mean
It means crying out to God and not giving up

3.2. For apathy: holy fear

Romans 3:10-18
We do not want to be found to be the worthless slave, Matt 24:45-51

Not servile fear
God’s holiness is to be trembled at
Nehemiah
Daniel
Isaiah
-> Trusted Christ for their salvation AND trembled at God’s holiness

“Hallowed be Thy name”

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