Prayer Part 2: "Hallowed Be Thy Name, continued"
Posted on 10/07/2007 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.
TRANSCRIPT: (may not contain everything found in the audio above)
Good morning and welcome! I hope you came with a heart that is seeking after a closer walk with God, but regardless of why you're here, the heart of God is seeking after a closer walk with YOU, and that's why we're here.
Our purpose for gathering here this morning is to get closer and lead others closer to God by inviting the presence of his Holy Spirit through prayer, praise and worship, and the Word of God.
Let's all stand to our feet and open this service with prayer.
Lord God, thank you for another day to worship you. Thank you for drawing us ever closer to you, and for revealing more and more of your nature, your character, and yourself to us.
We pray for Magdalen and for her job search. We ask that you would guide her to the right places, and that you would open the doors through which you would have her go.
We pray for Tay who desires to relocate and prosper in business. We ask for your guidance and direction, and for your blessings to be upon Tay as Tay seeks an ever-closer walk with you.
We pray for Tamara's friend Smuck, that you would walk with him through his hard time, that you would take care of Boomer's knee, and that you would reveal yourself to Tamara in ways she has never seen you before in the fullness of your character and ways.
And Lord, I pray for a special blessing to be poured out upon everyone here or listening later. Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us, and make us more like Jesus as we seek a closer walk with you.
And it's in Jesus' name we pray.
Please click-touch the pulpit for a notecard, and let's worship God with song.
THERE IS A RIVER
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of our God
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of our God
So I will rejoice
I will rejoice
and be glad
There is a fountain full of grace and it flows from Emanual's veins
It came and it healed me
It came and refreshed me
It came and washed my sins away!
Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord
Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord
And he will lift you up
(higher and higher)
And he will lift you up
Cast all your cares upon the Lord
Cast all your cares upon the Lord
Because he cares for you
Because he cares for you
Thank you Jesus...
Lord I love you...
Christ is coming...
Thank you Lord for your presence with us here today. Thank you that your name is a strong tower, and we can run to it and be safe. Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Bless the reading of your Word, as we seek to know more of your nature and your ways, so our daily time of prayer with you can be what you designed it to be.
Thank you Lord.
You can be seated.
For the past few weeks we've been talking about the model of prayer Jesus gave us. Last week we talked about eight of the names of God, and also saw that calling God by just any name we choose is not an option.
For those of you who weren't here, we used the example of a spouse being called by someone else's name. Men, just imagine if you came home from work one day and your wife gave you a hug and kiss and said, "I'm so glad you're home, Brad."
"Brad?" you ask, "Who is Brad? My name is John."
How would you react if her reply was, "Well Brad is the name of our neighbor's husband. And Brad is a man. So that's why I called you Brad."
First of all, you would probably wonder what kind of drug she was on, or what type of mental illness runs in her family. You would most likely wonder if she is cheating on you with Brad.
At any rate, you would certainly not be happy about your wife calling you by the name of the man next door, and most men simply would not tollerate it.
Women, imaging some evening your husband did the same thing, called you by some other woman's name, perhaps some woman at the office who you have seen flirting shamelessly with him. I would imagine any of you would completely come unglued.
So how can we insist that it's acceptible, perhaps even profitable, to call God by the names of false gods? There is a debate in the church suggesting we should call God "Allah" for the sake of the Muslims. If Allah were truly just the word "God" in another language, that would be another story. But the fact is that "Allah" is the name of an ancient moon God, and "Allah" is the specific name of the false god of the Muslims.
Scripture tells us God's names. Why should we call him by the name of another?
In Exodus chapter 34, verses 12 through 14, we read this:
12 Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst. 13 But you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images 14 (for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God)
Can you imagine adding the words to this, "But if you want to calld the Lord your God by the names of their false gods, that will be a good thing and the Lord your God will be very pleased with you." We could rather imagine the opposite being said, and in fact nothing of the sort would need to be said. Rather, God instructed them to destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and cut down their idols, for God's name is Jealous.
The word used here for his name is "qanna" (ka - nah'), which means not bearing any rival, and speaks of the severe anger caused by such. So call God "Allah" if you wish, but do so at your own risk and peril, for the name of the Lord is Qanna, Jealous, and he has already instructed us to destroy any trace of any other god from our lives, not attribute its name to him.
And this is the first of the remaining eight names of God in this study -- Qanna, our God is a jealous God.
Jehovah Tsidkenu - The Lord Our Righteousness
We need to never forget that God is righteous, and as Scripture says, we should live holy lives for our God is holy. We also can take comfort in the fact that the Lord IS our righteousness, and we are righteous when we remain in and walk with him in his paths.
This name of God is first found in Jeremiah 23:5-6 which says,
5 "Behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
6 In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: (Jehovah Tsidkenu) The Lord Our Righteousness."
The context of this passage is a condemnation of false prophets, those who would say to the enemies of God, "The Lord says you will have peace," and to those who walked in their own paths doing what is right in their own eyes, "No evil shall come upon you."
Have you heard from any false prophets lately? They often display what they consider to be righteous anger against those who stand up for righteousness and the need to order our lives according to the Holy Word of God.
They believe God no longer can work in the way he always has, because this is "a new world," "times have changed," and we live under the mercy, not the judgment, of God.
Scripture tells us in James 4:4, "Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God."
The word "world" here means the order or adornment of. This simply means the carnal way of living. One example would be someone who says, "Yes, I'm a Christian, but I like to have a little fun. There's nothing wrong with entertaining myself with worldly music and watching movies some of the goody-goody Christians would preach against. They forget that we're saved by grace, and God doesn't expect us to be in church all the time anyway. We can't reach the lost if we're too holy to have a little fun."
While some of these statements could be true, someone who says these things is usually a friend of the ways of the world, and has not sold out completely to purity and holiness.
These are just great-sounding reassurances that they are okay, even if they still love the ways of the world. And yet Scripture tells us that this makes us an enemy of God, "Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God."
You see, God is Jehovah Tsidkenu, The Lord Our Righteousness, and to compromise with unrighteousness is to compromise the very name and nature of God. He wants ALL of us, not just the part we're willing to give.
In our passage from Jeremiah, we see that the people of God are going to be led into captivity because of their compromise with sin. And God is making a promise through the prophet that they will be delivered from captivity and exile by Jehovah Tsidkenu, the Lord Their Righteousness.
Are you held captive by the ways of the world? If you have a dissatisfaction, an itch, that continues to grow when you're away from worldly pleasures, then they still have their claws in you, and Jesus is waiting to set you free.
Make up your mind today, right now, that you will turn your back on anything that does not please God and does not build purity and holiness in you, and Jehovah Tsidkenu, the Lord Your Righteousness, will establish his righteousness in you, and will set you free.
Jehovah Mekoddishkem - The Lord Who Sanctifies You
Some might say that since it is the Lord who sanctifies us, there is nothing we need to do to be sanctified. In fact, as long as we've said a sinner's prayer, we should just live our lives as we think best, and trust God to do all the rest.
And yet this name of God, Jehovah Mekoddishkem (M-Qadesh), was first used in Leviticus chapter twenty. Let's read this from Leviticus chapter 20, verses 7 and 8:
7 Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God.
8 And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I am the LORD who sanctifies you.
In the liberal mindset of the modernized church, this verse would probably be dismissed as being outdated by grace. And yet all of Scripture is the Word of God, and this passage reveals something to us of the nature and mind of God.
First he tells the people to consecrate themselves and be holy, because God is holy. He goes on to say, "And you will keep my laws and perform them. I am Jehovah Mekoddishkem (M-qadash), the Lord who sanctifies you."
It is only by discarding selected verses and chapters of Scripture that we can come to the conclusion that God doesn't care what we do and doesn't expect anything from us.
He expects us to seek after him and use our free wills to choose righteousness instead of compromise and sin. Why? Because he is Jehovah Mekoddishkem, the Lord who sanctifies us, and he does this by giving us his Word as a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, and then by giving us the Holy Spirit to give us the power to live by that Word. And then, as we read in the New Testament, "IF anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father;" God sent us Jesus to be both the sacrifice for our sins and the one who delivers us from its power so we can choose to consecrate our lives to God, for he is Jehovah Mekoddishkem, the Lord who Sanctifies us.
The Everlasting God
El Olam means the Everlasting God, the God of Eternity, the God of the Universe, the Eternal God, and the God of Ancient Days, or the Ancient of Days.
In Revelation, Jesus says he is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. And not only is he the beginning of all things and the end of all things, he is greater even than this. He is El Olam, the Everlasting God. He has no beginning, and he has no end.
Do you think something in your life is overwealming, or possibly even too big to overcome? Just take a moment to look at your problems from a God-sized perspective. After all, God is on your side, and he has a vested interested in you. No matter what you're facing, it is but a tiny needle-sized dot in the long span of time. And the very first moment of time until the dawn of eternity is but a tiny needle-sized dot in the everlasting horizon of eternity.
And even eternity, as daunting and unimaginable as it may seem, is but a tiny needle-sized dot in the shadow of El Olam, the God of Eternity. Whatever you're facing today, this too shall pass, and El Olam, the Everlasting God, is on your side and he will bring you through.
Elohim - God
This name of God is used more than 2,000 times in the Old Testament and means God, Judge, and Creator. It is first used in Genesis chapter one and verse one, "In the beginning, God..." And whether this is a name or a title, Before the world had been formed, while it was still emptiness, In the beginning, Elohim, God. And God created.
Sometimes we seem to forget this. Oh sure, we remember it in our heads, but we fail to grasp it with our hearts. We suggest that God is not fair, he is not just, he doesn't do enough to help us, his ways of doing things and allowing people to spend eternity in hell just isn't right.
And we determine what is right and wrong, passing judgement on God when he does not agree.
But before our minds became twisted so that we can be led astray by our warped conscience, and before mankind existed, or there were mountains and oceans and skies, before the trillions of starts which are scattered for trillions of light years were set on fire, there was God.
Our feeble human minds cannot even begin to comprehend the greatness and transcendence of our God. How can we assume to understand his mind, and either second-guess or speak on his behalf?
And yet he knows us all by name, and knows us more intimately than we can know ourselves, and he has mercy on us and makes his Word, his mind, and his heart known to us. How amazing and indescribable is Elohim, our God!
Jehovah Jireh - The Lord Will Provide
This name of God is used only once in the Bible, in Genesis chapter 22 verse 14. Remember Abram, "Great Father," who was old and had no children? And God named him Abraham, "Father of Many," and gave a child to him and his wife who was also much too old to have a child.
And God tested Abraham, telling him to sacrifice his son. You see, even though Isaac was a gift from God, a manifestation of God's amazing promise, and the only child of Abraham and Sarah, it was important the Abraham put his trust in the maker of the promise rather than what he believed to be the manifestation and path of that promise, and it was important that Abraham love and obey God more than he loved his own son.
You see, Abraham believed that God was his provider, and in reflecting upon this event, a New Testament passage says that Abraham believed God could raise up Isaac from the dead. Abraham believed God would keep his promise, no matter how hopeless things appeared to the natural mind.
So Abraham took Isaac into a mountain and was about to sacrifice him there to the Lord.
Let's pick up this story in Genesis 22:11-14.
11 But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.”
12 And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.
14 And Abraham called the name of the place, (Jehovah Jireh) The Lord Will Provide; as it is said to this day, "In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided."
How many of us trust God enough to give up what we believe to be our source of hope and provision? Or to give up something or someone we love? If we know God has spoken to us and it is in complete agreement with the Holy Scriptures, we can obey with full confidence that whatever God tells us to do will be good, and he will provide and keep his Word no matter how impossible our obedience seems to make it.
I especially like the last statement in that passage, "In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided." This mountain was a mountain of obedience, and not an obedience of a light, comfortable command, but of one that seemed too great of a burden to carry.
But it was not in the valley of comfort that God revealed himself as the provider, but it was on the Mount of God, the mountain of complete obedience and surrender to the will of God, that God revealed himself as Jehovah Jireh, The Lord Our Provider.
Jehovah Shalom - The Lord Is Peace
The first and only place this name is used is in Judges chapter six, verse twenty-four. Let's read this, starting with verse eleven.
11 Now the Angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites.
12 And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him, and said to him, “The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor!”
13 Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”
14 Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”
15 So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”
16 And the LORD said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”
17 Then he said to Him, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is You who talk with me.
18 Do not depart from here, I pray, until I come to You and bring out my offering and set it before You.” And He said, “I will wait until you come back.”
19 So Gideon went in and prepared a young goat, and unleavened bread from an ephah of flour. The meat he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot; and he brought them out to Him under the terebinth tree and presented them.
20 The Angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread and lay them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And he did so.
21 Then the Angel of the LORD put out the end of the staff that was in His hand, and touched the meat and the unleavened bread; and fire rose out of the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. And the Angel of the LORD departed out of his sight.
22 Now Gideon perceived that He was the Angel of the LORD. So Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord GOD! For I have seen the Angel of the LORD face to face.”
23 Then the LORD said to him, “Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.”
24 So Gideon built an altar there to the LORD, and called it (Jehovah Shalom) The Lord Is Peace. (And it remains to this day.)
Gideon felt as though God had abandoned his people. When the angel of the Lord told Gideon that he would be used to deliver his people from the hand of their enemies, Gideon pointed out that his clan was the weakest of all, and he himself was the least in his family. But the angel demonstrated the power of God to Gideon, and he then believed that this unbelievable word was indeed the Word of the Lord.
In the middle of hopeless despair, and in the midst of his realization that God had called him to do something that, to the natural mind, was doomed to failure, Gideon built an altar to the Lord. And it's very interesting what he called it. "So Gideon built an altar there to the LORD, and called it (Jehovah Shalom) The Lord Is Peace."
Do you have impossible circumstances in your life? Has God called you to do something you feel inadequate to accomplish? When the Lord is in it, he will bring a peace deep within. And just as the altar Gideon built remained, so the peace of God will remain so long as you stay on the path on which God has placed you, for he is Jehovah Shalom, The Lord Our Peace.
Jehovah Sabaoth - The Lord of Hosts
A host is an army, so we can translate this name as "The Lord of Armies." In our increasingly politically-correct climate, we have gotten quite soft. Many of the church has bought into the pacifist mentality that loving your enemies and turning the other cheek means we are never to use force.
Hannah was without child, and she prayed and prayed for children, but remained barren. So she made a vow to the Lord, and said, "O Jehovah Sabaoth, Lord of Hosts, if you will look on the affliction of your handmaid, and remember me, and will give to me a son, then I will give him to you all the days of his life."
She addressed God as the Lord of Armies, and promised her son to his service. While Samuel was a prophet, not a soldier, he delivered the Word of God to the armies of the Lord.
In one particular place, Samuel delivered the Word of the Lord to king Saul, that he was to kill everyone, including the women and children and all of the livestock.
What does Saul do? He saves the women and the animals. Of course, as is often the case, the results of disobeying the voice of God were disasterous. But Samuel was dedicated to the Lord of Armies, and gave very strong orders concerning battle.
Today, we're afraid to own a gun, and often find ourselves arguing about whether we should ever fight in a war or use force, if necessary, to defend ourselves. It will help us keep a proper perspective if we remind ourselves that the very nature and name of God is Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts.
As the Lord of Hosts, he is coming again as the conquering king. And as the Lord of Hosts, he directs us in battle. Some of us he guides to local law enforcement or to a battle field. All of us he calls to fight, reminding us that our true battle is against powers of darkness, and giving us orders to fight compromise in our own lives, and destroy the works of darkness wherever we encounter them.
We also can know that any battle we are facing, as long as we follow orders from God, we will be victorious; for it is not a man or an idea that we follow, but we serve Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts.
I believe it is a very good idea to find or create a list of the names of God with their meanings, and put it somewhere we can read often, perhaps in a place where we pray. In fact, Lord willing we will create a printable list and put it up for download on the website. Make sure you're a member of the Second Life group Second Life Christians, and we'll send out an announcement. Or if you're listening by podcast, just check the site in a few days.
Our God is
El Shaddai, Lord God Almighty
El Elyon, The Most High God
Adonai, Lord and Master
Yahweh, Lord, Jehovah, the Great I AM
Jehovah Nissi, The Lord My Banner
Jehovah Raah, The Lord My Shepherd
Jehovah Rapha, The Lord My Healer
Jehovah Shammah, The Lord Is There
Jehovah Tsidkenu, The Lord Our Righteousness
Jehovah Mekoddish, The Lord Who Sanctifies You
El Olam, The Everlasting God
Elohim, God, Judge, Creator
Qanna, Jealous, Zealous God
Jehovah Jireh, The Lord Will Provide
Jehovah Shalom, The Lord Our Peace, and
Jehovah Sabaoth, The Lord of Hosts
I'd like for the altar workers to come to the front now.
If you don't have a personal relationship with the God we've described here, then you have an empty space deep inside. God is calling to you, drawing you to himself so that you can have peace and true joy, and so that emptiness inside can be filled to overflowing.
Just take a moment to talk to him now. He's listening for your voice, waiting for you to come home.
Just say this with me from your heart. Say, "Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive me for my sins, and wash them all away. Make me a part of the family of God, and teach me how to have a personal relationship with you. Fill me with your Holy Spirit, and help me follow you all the days of my life. Thank you Jesus. Amen!"
This altar is open. Feel free to get out of your seats and make your way to the front to pray, worship, or just spend time waiting on God. If you need prayer or ministry or just gave your life to Jesus, please instant message someone on the ministry team.
If you'd like to just talk with others, please make your way to the room on your left, where we'll all meet in a few minutes for fellowship.
Lord, thank you for your Word, and for revealing yourself and your nature to us through your names. I pray that these seeds of your Word would fall into fertile soil, and that our prayer lives and our lives in general would be positively impacted. And we ask this in the name of Jesus.