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Preacher - L. John Bost
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AFTER THIS MANNER PRAY ("The Lord's Prayer")
The Lord continues, "...but deliver us from evil" (Matt 6:13). Though temptation is a good thing because it tries our faith, and if our faith is strong, yields patience, and makes us stronger (Romans 5:3-4):
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope...
But it is not God that tempts us! James writes in James 1:13-15:
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
James describes one who is tempted to sin (a trial of his faith and dedication to obeying God's laws) and is shown to be weak. He yields and sins. But the point I want to emphasize is that it is not God that tempts. Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed. He may also be tempted when he is threatened with harm if he refuses to renounce God. A weak Christian may yield, and sin.
Our savior is teaching us to pray that we not be tempted severely and be put in a position to have to suffer to remain faithful.
For Yours Is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory Forever
The doxology is most appropriate and has a positive value in affirming the fact of the kingdom's being already established. This is inherent in the use of the present tense. The addition of this doxology automatically requires another construction upon "Thy kingdom come" other than that of a petition for the kingdom to be established.
Adam Clarke breaks down the three parts of the doxology:
By the kingdom, we may understand that mentioned Matthew 6:10, and explained Matthew 3:2.
The kingdom, power, and glory are God's now and forever. That means that He, not man, has the authority to make and enforce the laws that govern the kingdom. And, that means that all things must be done to the glory of God.
Albert Barnes breaks down the doxology given by our Lord at the end of the "Lord's Prayer:"
Thine is the kingdom - That is, thine is the reign or dominion. Thou hast control over all these things, and canst so order them as to answer these petitions.
Our Lord teaches us, "After this manner pray..."
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