THE LORD'S PRAYER
"Our father which art in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come your will be done on 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. For yours is the kingdom and the
Power and the glory forever. Amen" Matthew 6:9-12
Jesus' disciples asked him to teach them how to pray. The same way John the Baptist taught his disciples. The Lord's prayer was his answer both to them and his contemporary disciples as well. The word disciple means student. The word rabbi means teacher. First they had to acknowledge, God as their father. The exact same way Jesus Christ acknowledged him as his father.
Next they needed to be taught God's name is holy. It is not a curse word, or a word to be used carelessly. It is definitely not to be used for blasphemy purposes. It is to be treated as what it is, holy. Worthy of worship, and praise.
God's kingdom is coming to earth. "When the kingdoms of the earth have become the kingdoms of our Lord." During the great tribulation period mentioned in the prophetic book of Revelations.
God's perfect will has been done in heaven since the fall of Lucifer and his fallen angels. And it will be perfectly done on earth, when Jesus Christ sets up is 1,000 year reign on earth. From his temple in Jerusalem!
When we are asking God to give this day our daily bread, we also mean our daily provisions. And not one loaf of bread more than we need. And enough to help out our neighbors as well. Jesus Christ, as the spotless lamb of God slain from before the beginning of the world. Did not need to have any nonexistent sins forgiven.
The same was not true for his disciples and it is not true for us either. Our sin debts either need to be paid by Jesus Christ, or we pay sin's penalty for ourselves. Which is not to be recommend under any preexisting circumstances. But we need to forgive our debtors, those who have sinned against us.
If we want to have God's forgiveness for our sinful debts. Even Jesus Christ was tempted by the devil in the wilderness. After John the Baptist baptized him in the river Jordan. We are to resist temptation with scripture the same way Jesus did. He did not argue or plea bargain with the devil.
As his disciples we are to follow in his exact same footsteps. God will help us when we are tempted. But he will not necessarily keep us from temptation as part of our being tested. And he will not allow us to be tempted above the current level we are able to withstand.
"Deliver us from evil," I was carefully taught could be completed by deliver us from the evil one, the devil. Satan means adversary, and the devil means the tempter. God can and will deliver us from our mutual enemy if we earnestly seek him. Satan is nobody's friend. There is no rock n'roll party in hell!
The last portion of the Lord's prayer deals with the sovereignty of God. His is and will be the kingdom. The absolute power and glory forever. When we use Amen. It means completion and let it be done. "So let it be written and so let it be done." Was the law during the Media Persian empire. It meant once enacted into law, it could not be changed. The same thing belongs to God's holy word!
Love in Christ Jesus!
Commentary by Roxanne Lea Dubarry
Roxy Lea 1954
Roxy 1954/ October Country
June 28, 2020