[Original in German]

The Hallowed Name

To grasp the deep significance of the words "Hallowed be thy name" Matt. 6:9; in the Lord's Prayer, we might recall that in Jesus' time a name often signified the nature of the name-bearer; it characterized as well as identified him. In his prayer for his disciples at the Last Supper, Christ Jesus said, "I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word." John 17:6;

More clearly than anyone had ever before shown it, Jesus revealed God's true nature. To be sure, the children of Israel acknowledged God as "heavenly Father," but they attributed some very human traits to Him. To them, He could become angry, was sometimes moody, and not always just in favoring some of His children.

Living Our Gratitude
November 6, 1976

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