Some books of the Bible are hard to get through. I mean, do the names scattered throughout three chapters worth of genealogies really matter? Do I need to know how many people were part of each tribe of Israel or how many horses a king possessed? These passages seem unnecessary, especially in light of the Gospel message and the insightful books of the New Testament.
Every few years, I try to complete a reading plan that takes me through the whole Bible in one year. As I was working through this plan a year ago, I happened to be visiting my parents while reading through the book of Leviticus. Leviticus is not very exciting. My dad, a retired pastor, has some really neat resources for Bible study, and on this particular day he showed me a book he owned that had a basic outline of each book and chapter of the Bible. Included in the outline was the overall theme of that particular section. When I found the outline for the chapters I was reading, the noted theme was this: “Holiness matters to God.”
Those four little words exploded in my heart and I suddenly started to see the entire book of Leviticus differently. It’s not just a list of laws that don’t apply to us (Thank you, Jesus!), but it’s a glimpse into how God taught His people to live holy lives – ritually, daily, practically. It’s a book that teaches God’s people how they SHOULD live, that they should be set apart, different from the cultures around them. And this book does matter, even to us living in the A.D. era.
Other passages of scripture are easy to love. They are taught to children and recited among Christians around the world. One such passage is the Lord’s Prayer. I memorized this at a young age, standing with my church family each Sunday and saying, “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.” Hallowed isn’t a word we use much these days, but it means to be treated as sacred, revered. The NLT version says it this way, “Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.”
Did you hear that? “May your name be kept holy.”
Again, we see that holiness matters to God, and it should matter to us too. I have started including these verses every morning in my prayer time, asking God to help me keep His name holy in my heart and in my home. Praying that His holiness would be on display in our local church and His name would become famous in our community. What an amazing thing to experience.
Is God’s name kept holy in your heart?
Thrive in Five – One set of Bible verses, 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Let’s dive into God’s Word.
Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need,
and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.