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The Lord’s Prayer is probably the most recited prayer in the Bible. It is beautifully written, poetic and simple, but Jesus did not intend for us to merely recite it. This prayer contains a series of index sentences, which are used as a memorization technique in oral societies. For more on this, please check out Part 1 of this series.
Let’s take a look at the first verse of this prayer, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” Matt 6:9 (KJV). We discussed, yesterday, about the pronoun, our, so let’s look at the next word, Father. The Greek word for Father is Abba, which is a word of endearment meaning Daddy. Jesus is telling us that we can call our holy creator, Daddy. The Jews so reverence the name of God, Yahweh, that they will not spell it out in full on paper in fear of the…
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