Posted by: Heather | August 7, 2011

Let the Servant Be Like His Master

“Our Father who art in heaven,” starts Jesus in his famous prayer, “Hallowed be thy name.”

Did you catch that? Twice Jesus uses circumlocutions to avoid saying the four letter name of God.
He speaks of the “father in heaven” and prays that his father’s name be kept holy, set apart. He doesn’t say “Let X (the four letter name) be hallowed.” He doesn’t say it. Ever. Not once. Never.

Interesting prayer. Why should he have to pray such a thing? It wasn’t fashionable in his day to throw around the four letter name of God. But it’s becoming fashionable in certain circles of Jesus’ followers to use the four letter name of God.

It is enough that the servant be like his master. The servant need not be better than his master. Let’s strive to be like Christ, walk as he walked, and move in him rather than go over his head into a realm he never led us in.

We don’t need to follow the strange doctrines of well-intentioned teachers who lead us away from following Christ.

“Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21).

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