Tuesday, August 01, 2006
The Model Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Have you ever thought about this model prayer and what it truly means?
"Our Father which art in heaven" - That's pretty self explanatory right? God resides in heaven.
"Hallowed be thy name" - I just looked up hallowed and it means to make or set aside as holy and to respect or honor greatly; revere. So he tells us to respect his name right? Well what's His name? I guess that question is up to interpretation and religion but it seems that He has a name just like you and I do. If he wants us to respect, sanctify and make his name holy within us, why don't Christians call him by His name?
"Thy kingdom come" - So this means that His kingdom is coming. Most people think His kingdom is coming after Armageddon right? Ok. Well what about this question. Where is His kingdom coming? Well, when you say the word 'come', doesn't it usually mean that whatever it is will work its way towards where you are? So if it's coming to us, then does that means that it's coming to the earth? God's kingdom is coming to the earth....? Well that's makes sense if we look at the next sentence...
"Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." - So if God's (or Jehovah's) kingdom which is in heaven now is coming to the earth in the future (do we believe that yet?), than of course Jehovah's will is going to be done here on the earth. He wants whatever's going on in heaven (which is basically a paradise rule by Him) to be done here on earth as well.
Let's stop here. Interesting stuff right? Within those three sentences, we learn or speculate a lot. God's kingdom is going to come to the earth! Well I looked up earth in the back of my Bible and I came across these verses.
Genesis 1:28 "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth and subdue it..." God's purpose for the earth is for us humans to fill it and to bring it under cultivation. Do you think His purpose is the same for the earth or has it changed?
Psalm 37:29 "The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever" This tells us that the land or the earth is going to be populated by righteous people forever and ever. So this brings up and interesting issue. How does this correlate with the viewpoint that all righteous people are going to heaven? hmm...
Matthew 5:5 "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" So the inheritance for meek ones is the earth. What time frame are we talking about here? Well when you think of inheritance, don't we think of after someone dies? So how do we figure this one out? After a meek one dies and is resurrected, they come back to earth?! hmm...
So what's all this talk about earth? What about heaven? Hmmm.... Research people. Research!It's amazing what you can find out when you really read and dissect the Bible.