“Our Father who is in heaven hallowed[i] be his name…” (Matt. 6:9) Special, sacred, holy and set apart is God. No one set Him apart. He just is (from the beginning and always, continuously and ever will be) holy.
Human words are wholly inadequate to describe God. Words developed by people describe the world as we see it, but we cannot see God. God is spirit. God is in the heavens, the spiritual places. What we know of God and the words we use to describe Him are inadequate for the task. Yet, all we have are our own words, to describe God. Continue reading
“Our Father who is in heaven[i]….” Matt. 6:9) This is the second in a series of blog posts on the Lord’s Prayer. You can read the first post about the simple, but profound, recognition that God is Our Father.
Jesus continued with the recognition who God is by stating that the Father is in “heaven“. We might be tempted to picture God in the clouds, but the popular idea of God in the clouds is not at all accurate. God the Father is outside of time and space. Time, space and matter that makes up the Universe in which we live were created and are contained and sustained by God. They emanated from God; but they do not contain God.
“Our Father…” (Matt. 6:9) begins the only prayer that Jesus taught. Though Jesus prayed often, the only insight we have into the prayer life of Jesus and his relationship with the Father is contained in what we know call The Lord’s Prayer. This is the beginning of a series of blog articles on that prayer Jesus taught us to pray.
Jesus starts with acknowledging, “Our Father”… God the Father, the maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen, the God who exists before and beyond time and space, who made everything out of nothing, who spoke and it all came to be, who holds the entire universe in balance, the breadth and depth and width and height of which we cannot even visualize.
This God, who is greater than anything we could possibly imagine, who is the God of gods, the Lord of lords, the King of Kings, who holds all things together by His will, this God who does not need us, this God nevertheless instructs us to call him our Father! That, by itself, is worth contemplating. Continue reading
If anyone is willing[i] to do His will, he will know[ii] of the teaching, whether it is of God…. (John 7:17)
Jesus said these words in response to people who questioned what he was saying because he was uneducated. (John 7:15) Jesus did not have the credentials or the experience people thought he should have. How ironic!
Jesus did not gain his knowledge in the usual way, of course. He did not graduate from the Pharisaical seminary. He did not have a diploma. He was I AM. He did not need a diploma! Continue reading