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At first glance, this seems like a straightforward teaching about prayer. But the concluding verses emphasize that God can be trusted to uphold God's honour - and therefore, we can trust God to give us what we truly need for life.
Verse 1. Isn't it interesting that even Jesus prays? Takes time to be with God.
His followers, however, seem more preoccupied with inter-group rivalry / status with John the Baptist. Sort of like, "The church down the street has ... What's wrong with you that we don't have ...? Why don't you ...?"
But as usual, Jesus patiently responds to his followers.
Verses 2 to 4. (And compare / contrast with Matthew 6:9-13 which is closer to the prayer we use.)
Bruce Malina and Richard Rohrbaugh comment (Page 272, see footnote below.) on "hallowed be your name:"
The English word "hallow" means to sanctify, make holy, make sacred, ... to set someone or something apart.
With the command here in the passive voice, God is commanded to "hallow" his person, his status as God (his "name," his reputation / honour), i.e. to act, and thus reveal himself to be the God he is, to make known his ... personage.
(Comments in parentheses are mine.)
What follows are 4 things God can then do in order to demonstrate the honour of his reputation, his name: Come, Give, Forgive, and Protect:
- "Your kingdom come" is the whole meal deal. This asks for an end to life on earth as it is, an end to all oppression, injustice, and unrighteousness, and instead for God's realm to replace all earthly rulers and rules.
- "Give us each day our daily bread" may be a reference to the manna, the bread from heaven, that was provided enough for each day during the 40 years in the wilderness between the time of fleeing slavery in Egypt and entering the promised land. (See Exodus 16.) And it may be a reference to the feast yet to come in the future life to come. But it most certainly addresses the very real and present concern of Jesus' followers - to have enough to eat that day.
- "Forgive us our sins ..." is kind of boldly stated - "for we ourselves forgive!" Frankly, I'm hoping God will have a higher standard of forgiveness than anything I have been able to realize.
- "Do not bring us to the time of trial" requests that we ourselves do not have to face the direct testing by Satan as Jesus did at the start of his ministry. (See Luke 4:1-13.)