I think the way most of us were taught, we tend to think that Jesus came up with this on the spot, spur of the moment, but I don't think so. I think a
great deal of thought went into it.
My own analysis doesn't do it justice of course, but for some reason this surfaced for me today, and as I was running through it again, by memory (as
with most of us), I was struck by it's compactness and the utter simplicty and perfection enfolded within it, like layers of an onion, wrapping around
and around its core teaching. Jesus even told us that this, instead of long speeches and showey affairs is how we are to pray, meaning with utter
brevity, and precision-directness.
For the following, I'll give a line (in bold italics) and then offer my own impressions and interpretations of what it means for evaluation, and for
fun and enjoyment, because that's what contemplating God's word from the lips of Christ evokes for me, that upwelling of excitement at the prospect of
a mutually shared testimony, and what better place for it to arise than from the Lord's Prayer itself.
Our father, who art in heaven
By "our" Jesus is here inviting us, immediately, into a relationship of mutuality with an all-inclusive "father" which is implicate in the use of and
assumption of the father being "our" father (both his and ours included). By "father" Jesus here is referring to something much much more than a mere
"bearded man in the sky" (and as a bearded man he was "grounded" anyway!), but something infinitely more substantial than a traditional family
framework of father to children. By saying "our father who art in heaven
" he is making that distinction. This is not an earthly father, but a
heavenly one, and by heaven, he is referring to a higher domain and order of existence, not some king or creature say on a distant world, but more
along the lines of father as center and source and as a first/last cause AND as the living spirit of the universe, the spirit of truth and life, which
remains the same from age to age.
Hallowed be thy name
This is the same as saying sacred be thy name, and by not naming the name, it demonstrates that the same one most high God (of the very highest) goes
by many names in many domains, unto God as a first father of creation (apex), so by saying this, the all-inclusive sharing of a mutual father is
extended to include anyone who calls on God by ANY name, and since OUR is already established, this all-inclusive one must also be the same one shared
by Jesus himself as son of God.
Thy kingdom come
Now that it has been established who we are addressing, God is also invited immediately to participate in a co-creative sharing with man of his
eternal, heavenly kingdom, such that..
Thy will be done
Thy will, not self will, not as man would have it, but as God would will it to be. This is a statement of acceptance of God's will, and repudiation of
the selfish will of man, a bracketing of sorts requesting that only the very best of the best be our highest aim, when bridging the gap between what
is, or the world as we find it, and what ought to be, or the world as God would have it be, through us, his children. This does not imply absolute
submission to a higher authority, but a shared invitation, that we might consider, and ask for God's guidance. It's not about the subjugation of the
human will, but the harnessing of it, so that God's will might become our own innermost heart's desire.
On earth as it is in heaven
This is actually the famous alchemical, hermeneutical statement - "as above, so below."
It spells out the precise method by which the will of God will become manifest, from the unmanifest, as a reflection, by the higher order, to the
lower, from the unmanifest perfection to manifest reality, earth here being synonymous with manifestation or that which is caused to occur when the
higher will orders the lower (by permission and invitation).
that's a start anyway - will come back and post some more and finish off this analysis, but can you begin to see the simplicity here on the far side
of complexity? It's not only brief and concise but it contains a whole serious of self referential nested hierarchies all the way along. Incredible!
edit on 30-4-2012 by NewAgeMan because: edit