Hallowed be Thy name.
Question: What is the “name” we are to hallow?
Answer: The Bible has given us many names for God which the Hebrews used at various times in their history, such as Jehovah, Elohim, Yahweh, Lord God, Almighty. But in the Hebrew
language, the word “name” is not simply referring to what a person is called. It means nature or character, and refers to the qualities which make up the true essence, or being, of the one named.
For instance, if someone asks what your best friend is like, you might say, “funny, kind, a good listener, loves to rescue stray animals.” You are telling about your friend’s character, or nature. You might even be asked to find one word that best describes your friend. In Bible stories, the
names of many people are symbolic of certain human characteristics, or natures, as found in the original language.
We read in the textbook that the seven synonymous names for God — Mind, Spirit, Soul,
Principle, Life, Truth, and Love — are “intended to express the nature, essence, and wholeness of Deity.” (S&H 465:13-14)
And, elsewhere, Mary Baker Eddy writes: “Our system of Mind-healing rests on the apprehension of the nature and essence of all being, — on the divine Mind and Love’s essential qualities.” (S&H 460:5)
That citation is telling us that by learning more of God’s nature through His names, we are not only adoring Him, but we are laying a foundation for “Mind-healing,” too. That is worth learning!
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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