Matthew 6:9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Strong's number for hallowed is G37. It is only used once (recorded twice) by the Holy Spirit in all the N.T. It is used as an imperative to us as something we do at His command.
From G40; to make holy, that is, (ceremonially) purify or consecrate; (mentally) to venerate: - hallow, be holy, sanctify.
Our tendency, due to tradition, is to make the mistake of thinking "hallow" means to put on the shelf, under a glass dome, and forget about it, like you're supposed to do with your 401K nest egg until the end of your working life, as in out of reach in order to ensure it survives. Somehow we've come to believe that if not knowing it means you will be assured of not abusing it, then 'not knowing it' must be the right application of the command to "hallow".
Not so. Look at G40 from which the word derives. It is used over 225 times in the N.T. so we have a full picture of a hallowed object.
From hagos (an awful thing) compare G53, [H2282]; sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated): - (most) holy (one, thing), saint.
This word is used to describe the Holy Spirit. It is used to describe the "saints". Neither of these are to be put on the shelf not to be used or touched. They are both very active and at the same time are very able to be abused.
Therefore, as I pray this prayer to the Heavenly Father that His name is hallowed and ought to be hallowed and will be hallowed on my watch is to declare my intent to know it and use it properly and to protect it from abuse and not allow it to be trampled or profaned. I am to recommit myself to this in the daily prayer (Mat 6:9).
So here's the question: if "hallow" means to use for an intended purpose in the prescribed manner, how is it done if I do not know it? How can I keep it from being profaned or used for illegal purposes if I have moth-balled it under a glass dome and forgotten it and am unskilled in employing it myself?
A LITTLE ODD
Doesn't it seem just a little odd Isa 26:8; 48:1
That we don't ever use the name of our God? Psa 44:20-21
We find His name in how many clicks?
Six Thousand eight hundred and only six? Do the math!
What do we understand by this sign? Pro 30:4
That knowing His name is by design! Rom 9:17
With cautions to use it properly, Exo 20:7
We celebrate His majesty, Mic 5:4; Isa 12:4
And function in the Heavenlies, 1Ch 16:29; Psa 100:2
With victory o'er our enemies! Psa 44:5
We who take part in the 'censorship', Jer 23:26-27
Who boast of close relationship: Pro 30:9; Psa 79:6
- Rarely pass His name through our lip, Zep 3:9
- Place ourselves under His curse's grip; Jer 44:26; Mal 2:2
- Give voice to a shallow courtship; Hos 2:16-17; Isa 54:5
- Won't name the One we worship? 1Ch 16:10; Psa 30:4
- Cut out a big part of fellowship; Mal 3:16
- Practice a strange form of citizenship; Zec 13:9; Jer 12:16
- Deny the essence of stewardship? Psa 45:17
To hallow His name is a Righteous demand; Mat 6:9; Isa 8:13; Lev 22:32
We struggle because we misunderstand -- Num 27:14
... to hallow is not to hide from our sight, Num 20:12
To refuse it! ... but to use it right. Eze 39:7; Exe 30:30
... to hallow protects from misuse and lie, Exe 19:22
AND, to address our Adonai. Zep 13:9
... to hallow reveals for others to see Deu 32:51
Whom we worship exclusively. Isa 29:23
"YHWH of hosts" means an audience where Deu 10:17; Psa 82:1, 136:2
They fight for their share of honor there. Psa 29:2; Jdg 2:12
By name is our praise to approach HIS throne Rev 15:4; 1Sa 6:5; Psa 138:1-2
So the glory goes to YAH alone. Psa 68:4; Isa 12:2,4
The pagans all call on their gods by name; Mic 4:5; Jos 23:6-7
That we don't use our's is to our shame. Jer 10:25
To Whom do we give great glory and fame? Jos 9:9; 1Ki 10:1
To the only god Who for mercy came. Exe 23:13, 34:14; Isa 42:8, 48:11
The LORD intends to make His name known Isa 52:6
To the ones He has chosen for His own . . . Eze 39:7
The Father revealed His name to a man Neh 9:7
to lay a foundation - to Abraham. Gen 13:4
He gave it again to deliver His nation Exe 3:13-15
From slavery on their way to salvation. Exe 33:19, 34:5
When the Son was tasked to disciple His men Joh 17:4,6
He restored His Father's name to them. Joh 17:12,26
And now, before the return of the King
The Spirit is doing the very same thing; Joh 4:23, 16:13
Preparing us for our Kingdom roles ... Luk 12:32; Rev 3:12, 15:4
His name will be known by those He chose! Rev 14:1; Mat 7:21-23