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October 17, 2021 8:00 am
Just as an orchestra needs to get into if they are to make beautiful music. So we are to get in tune with God before we make our requests to him in prayer. There are certain prerequisites for effective prayer and the opening words of the petition. Jesus taught his disciples reveals one who it is they can come to God in prayer.
Contrary to popular belief, our father is not the father of everyone and welcome to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Boyce preparing you to think and act biblically, only those who been reborn and adopted into God's family, and approach him as father in prayer to them alone is given the privilege of access join Dr. Boyce as he delves further into the invocation we know as the Lord's prayer explaining the petitions we are to make to our God. As we enter into his presence.
The opening words of the Lord's prayer teach who those are who can pray and what are the privileges of access for them.
We say our father who art in heaven, implying that God may be approached as a father by those that only those who have been reborn into his spiritual family is entirely possible, however, that a person might be a member of God's family and know this, and yet no very little about praying. Consequently six petitions. Follow the purpose of each being to instruct us in general terms what we are to pray for, and how we are to do it. The petitions say how would be thy name by kingdom come, thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. The most important thing that can be said about the sentences is that the first three are clearly concerned with God's honor while the second three are concerned with man's interests and, moreover, that this is not coincidental. Andrew Murray says something here that strikes us that once while we ordinarily first bring our own needs to God in prayer.
Then think of what belongs to God and to his interests. The master reverses the order first by name by kingdom of I will then give us lead us, deliver us, the lesson is of more importance than we think. And true worship of father must be first must be all the sooner I learn to forget myself and the desire that he may be glorified. The richer will the blessing be that prayer will bring to myself no one ever loses by what he sacrifices for the father. You know many people think of prayer is something that brings God into line with their own desires instead of something that brings them into line with his will. They learn that sometimes from the prayers of others and naturally themselves as children, many persons were once taught to pray now I lay me down to sleep I pray the Lord my soul to keep if I should die before I wake I pray the Lord my soul to take less. The idea that prayer consists of presenting a list of personal requests becomes entrenched early in their thinking as a person grows older. The pattern repeats itself on a more sophisticated level than the person finds himself offering some small thing to God return for the thing that he wants from them. The idea of a deal. Jacob did this the morning after he had run away from home, to save his life and had seen the vision of the latter extending up to heaven, and of angels ascending and descending upon it was worried about his future. At that point, so he prayed, if God will be with me and will keep me in the way that I go and will give me bread to eat and Raymond to put on so that I come again to my father's house in peace then shall the Lord be my God the stone which I have set for a pillar shall be God's house and of all that thou shall give me I will surely give the 10th under the how noble of Jacob and how like many of our prayers. That is, unfortunately, we often pray first for things that might take us from God for friends that might compete for his friendship or for an ordering of events that might accomplish our plans but not his. Instead, we must learn to begin our prayers with thoughts of God's honor and the advancement of his purposes in history of the first of the six petitions in this prayer establishes the proper order. It's a prayer for God's honor.
It is how would be thy name, the word how load is a word that has lost much of its meaning today simply because it's dropped out of common speech, but it's related to etymologically to other words we do know the Greek word translated here is how load is the word from which we also get our English word holy is the word which is translated in other places as St. or sanctify. Usually it refers to setting something apart for God's use objects that were used in the temple were holy or sanctified because they were set apart for God's use in the temple worship. Christians are called holy. For the same reason I know of only one major text in the Bible in which the word is used of God, but this one text gives us the slightly different meaning of hollowed in the Lord's prayer. First Peter 315 says, but sanctify. That's the word sanctify the Lord God in your hearts and be ready always to give an answer to every man that ask you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear here Peter means you gone the place in your heart that he deserves the same in the Lord's prayer only here the scope of God's rule was much broader. In fact, it's as broad as the first of the 10 Commandments upon which it may be patterned in Exodus 20 verses two and three we read. I am the Lord thy God with but the out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me in the same way we are to pray our father who art in heaven that corresponds to the words I am the Lord thy God, how would be thy name that corresponds to the command that there might be no other gods before him. If I were to rephrase this first part of the Lord's prayer.
I believe I would say my father in heaven.
My first desire is that in everything you might have preeminence how all of these thoughts naturally become more pointed. When we moved from the word how load to the word name. We can ask ourselves what is the name of God. What does it mean to hallow it.
Actually when we do this we soon find that there are many name of God hundreds. In fact, we learn that each describes some aspect of God's character. Thus, when we hallow the name we are honoring God in relation to some aspect of his character and he put this in terms of a question do you hallow the name of God. For instance, do you honor him in his name of Elohim. This is the name that acknowledges God is creator, it's the third word in the Bible. The name that heads the account of creation in Genesis, we are told in the passage that God Elohim created the heavens and the earth was responsible for the sun, moon and stars and planets he created trees in the mountains, the flowers of the field and the planes deformed all living things. He formed man of the dust of the earth and breathed into him the divine breath of life, you honor him as the one and only Creator 18th-century poet Isaac Watts was one of did this, and thus he wrote I sing the almighty power of God that made the mountains rise and spread the flowing seas abroad and build the lofty skies icing the goodness of the Lord that filled the earth with food. He formed the creatures with his word and then pronounce them good Lord, how light wonders are displayed where I turn my eye by a survey the ground I tread door gaze upon the sky creatures. As numerous as we are subject to thy care is not a place where we can flee, but God is present there. When we pray, hallow would be thy name.
We ask that God might be honored as the creator by ourselves and by others. Well, what about the related name, Elohim L.
Joan. This name means God the most high, and it refers to him in relation to his rule over the heavens and the earth do you honor God in that the name Elohim L your own occurs first in the Bible and the account of Abraham's meeting with Melchizedek, the King and high priest of Salem Abraham was returning home after his battle with the kings of the planes and the deliverance of Lawton.
We read in the account and Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine, and he was the priest of the most high God and he blessed them and said, blessed be Abraham of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth. This verse defines the title for it refers to God's sovereign rule over his creation exactly the same meaning occurs in the great hymn of praise to God by Moses in which Moses says remember the days of old. Consider the years of many generations ask my father and he will show the thy elders and they will tell the on the most high provided to the nations their inheritance when he separated the sons of Adam he said the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. We need to ask whether we honor God as ruler of heaven and earth. We do not honor him as ruler of earth. When we doubt his sovereignty in our lives or in the lives of others. We do not honor him when we complain about the state of the world are asked how we are ever going to get through this week this month there this year we honor him when we acknowledge him as the one who does all things well, who cares for us and who continually works as the Westminster shorter catechism says to preserve and govern all his creatures and all their actions. Perhaps you've come to hallow God is Elohim and Elohim L your own will and what about his very great name Jehovah the name by which God reveals himself as Redeemer. You know him as the one was redeemed you and who is saved you from sin.
Let me give you a verse from the early chapters of Genesis that makes this saving relationship clear is Genesis 7 verse 16. In this chapter we read that God had determined to destroy the earth with a flood because of the great wickedness of man.
We also read that with equal determination. He had also planned to save Noah and his family within the great arc God gave Noah the plans for the orcas on the creator. He told him to take into the ark to of every variety of animal, then is Jehovah the Redeemer. He also told him to take in seven of every clean animal, many of which would later be used as blood sacrifices for sin. Story continues and they that went in and went in male and female of all flesh as God Elohim had commanded him in the Lord Jehovah shot him in who saves Jehovah it's Jehovah who saves. That is the meaning of the name Jesus. It is Jehovah who first promised redemption of the fallen Adam and Eve in the garden, Jehovah spoke to know Jehovah appeared to Abraham promising the Redeemer through his seed and it was Jehovah who came to redeem men personally through his son the Lord Jesus Christ. This we experience when we enter into Christ on earth sealed into him by Jehovah, our Redeemer and our God. Do you know God as your Redeemer, you know him as the one who came in Jesus Christ to die for you to lift you out of slavery to your sins and to draw you back to himself in love. You can never honor God properly you honor him in this great aspect of his character is only in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer we see the fullness of God's love.
How about the name I deny this name means Lord is he your Lord the one to whom you give your highest allegiance, one who directs your life. You cannot hallow him as Lord and less you do so practically what about the greatest name of all the Lord Jesus Christ. In him all other names are combined all the characteristics of God are made manifest one hymn writer is written old, could I speak the matchless worth though what I sound the glories forth, which in my Savior shine. I'd sorer and touch the heavenly strings and fight with Gabriel while he sings in notes almost divine. I sing the characters he bears and all the forms along the wares exulted on his throne and loftiest songs of sweetest praise I would to everlasting days make all his glories known we do that, then we shall be truly hollowing God and we will be giving him that place in our lives that he deserves these names and their content. Describe your own feelings toward God. I do not exhaust them. Of course, but they do remind us that there is none in the universe like him. We call them Elohim Elohim L your own Jehovah. I deny the Lord Jesus Christ. But he is also the father the son and the Holy Spirit is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end he is the ancient of days, seated upon the throne of heaven is the child of Bethlehem, crying in a manger. He is Jesus of Nazareth's titles are wonderful, counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting father, the Prince of peace. He is the righteous judge of the University is our rock, our defense, our bulwark our high power.
What more can we say of our God.
We say that he is the way certainly for he is the way the truth and the life. He is the source of our life, the sustainer of life.
He is life itself.
The light of the world, the bread of life uses the good shepherd the great Shepherd, the chief Shepherd is the Lord of hosts is the King of Kings. He is the faithful one. He is love is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob of Moses, David, Isaiah, Elizabeth, Anna, Simeon, John the Baptist is the God of Peter, James and John Timothy Apollo's and Paul and not only is he there God he is mine. Is he your God is so, then you can raise your voice with those of all generations of the Christian church and you can cry over for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise the glories of my God and King triumphs of his grace my gracious master and my God assist me to proclaim to spread through all the earth abroad, the owners of thy name and we do praise the our father.
We know that heaven and earth cannot contain the, nor thy honors but we love the we honor the we magnify thy name and the name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. You're listening to the Bible study gallery featuring the teaching of Dr. James Boyce well were all familiar with what is commonly known as the Lord's prayer. That prayer was actually the Lord's instruction to his disciples. In answer to their question of how they should pray the real Lord's prayer was quite different and dealt with Christ's relationship with his father and with our relationship with him. Find out more in a message entitled the real Lord's prayer. This free CD offers our way of saying thanks for listing give us a call at 1-800-488-1888 will be glad to send you a copy of the real Lord's prayer that number again is 1-800-488-1888. We depend on loyal listeners like you to keep Dr. Boyce's messages on this and other radio stations and available around the world on the Internet.
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But do we really comprehend its meaning is the kingdom of God, past, present or future and what exactly is it like join Dr. James Boyce as he explores the truths that fallacies in the magnitude of the kingdom of God should be evident from the very imperfect nature of the kingdom of God as we see it today that there is yet to be a kingdom in which the rule of the Lord Jesus Christ is recognized for must be such a kingdom and is evident also in many biblical passages that this too will have its earthly aspects is the Christ himself taught this he told his disciples that there was to be a spiritual kingdom throughout the church age. Then, on several occasions.
He taught that there was to be a literal future kingdom as well. One parable he compared himself to a nobleman went into a far country to receive a kingdom and then to return the meantime, however, the nobleman left gifts in the hands of his servants, charging them to be faithful and to be ready to give a good accounting at his return. On another occasion, after the resurrection.
The disciples asked Jesus, Lord, will you, it this time restore the kingdom to Israel. He answered so for you to know the times of the seasons which the father is put in his power. In other words, you're right about the fact of the kingdom, but it's none of your business to know when but ye shall receive power, after the Holy Spirit is come upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and under the uttermost part of the earth for us. The main work of the kingdom of God. The last of those great statements of the witnesses we are his witnesses and we are to bear the message of God's rule price throughout our city's state nation in the world that's next time Bible study our very you to think and act biblically