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by Wayne Blank
"Hallowed be Thy Name"
The seventh day of the week was hallowed by the Creator. The Lord's Fourth Commandment (see "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it Holy") commands God's true people to keep the Sabbath holy as a day of rest (after working the other six days - working is commanded too).
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of The Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days The Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore The Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it." (Exodus 20:8-11 KJV)
"And thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar, and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon the garments of his sons with him: and he shall be hallowed, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons' garments with him." (Exodus 29:21 KJV)
God's people are hallowed. Hallowed means sanctified, or set apart. The word saint is a literal form of sanctified. How are God's people sanctified? By obeying Him (see Do You Know Him?).
"Therefore shall ye keep My Commandments, and do them: I am The Lord. Neither shall ye profane My Holy Name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am The Lord which hallow you" (Leviticus 22:31-33 KJV)
The hallowing of the firstborn was a foreshadow of Jesus Christ, "the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead" (Colossians 1:18 KJV) as well as a foreshadow of the true Church of God itself, the "church of the firstborn" (Hebrews 12:23 KJV). See Christ's Pentecost
"Because all the firstborn are Mine; for on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I hallowed unto Me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I am The Lord." (Numbers 3:13 KJV)
The famous "Lord's Prayer" also includes a reference to the Third Commandment, to hallow God's Name (see "Thou shalt not take The Lord's Name in vain").
"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye:
Fact Finder: Hallowed means set apart. How is the word tribulation also about a separating process?