The Lord’s Prayer

Teach us to pray; an example to follow.

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The sermon notes of an unworthy servant of God.

    C. Hallowed be thy name ...
        Matt. 6:9-13 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
        This might be considered an obvious point; and it should be. But that does not obviate the need to enjoy what is known and to make sure it is understood fully by all who desire to know.

    1. Hallowed be thy name.

      1. Definition of terms.

      2.     Hallowed be = 37 hagiazo {hag-ee-ad'-zo} Meaning: 1) to render or acknowledge, or to be venerable or hallow 2) to separate from profane things and dedicate to God 2a) consecrate things to God 2b) dedicate people to God 3) to purify 3a) to cleanse externally 3b) to purify by expiation: free from the guilt of sin 3c) to purify internally by renewing of the soul Origin: from 40; TDNT - 1:111,14; v Usage: AV - sanctify 26, hallow 2, be holy 1; 29 5682 Tense - Aorist (See 5777) Voice - Passive (See 5786) Mood - Imperative (See 5794) Count - 40
            37 is a verb, a verb shows action. Is this action on the part of the people of God, or this action on the part of God? The author gets lost in this thought. God is holy, and the doings of God illustrate the holiness of God again and again. The discussions in this study have illustrated the glory of God, and the holiness of God.
            If it is action on the part of the people of God, … well? How can the people of God make the name of God holy? Which is actually a false premise, God’s people cannot make the name of God holy, but they can acknowledge that Holy name, by recognizing and acknowledging that God is holy.

            37 is from 40 = 40hagios {hag'-ee-os} Meaning: 1) most holy thing, a saint Origin: from hagos (an awful thing) [cf 53, 2282]; TDNT - 1:88,14; adj Usage: AV - holy 161, saints 61, Holy One 4, misc 3; 229

      3. ... name, it is holy ... because God is holy.

      4.     Note that this does not say that God’s title is holy. Often a title, or office, is esteemed, such as President, Vice President, Doctor etc., but the name of God is holy because God is holy.
            Psalm 99:1 The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved. 2 The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people. 3 Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy. 4 The king's strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob. 5 Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy. 6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them. 7 He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them. 8 Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions. 9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.
            The name of God speaks of God. If the name of God is Holy it is because the person of God is Holy.

            Verse 1: The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.
            Remember: The Father of all His people, is greater than all things, dwelling in a place which mankind cannot see and does not understand.
            Reading this verse, we see that our loving Father is a King that reigns, we should move (in excitement or fear 07264), our Father sits between the cherubims (on His throne, on the mercy seat), let the earth shake.
            Whether mankind moves in excitement or fear is interesting to consider. Those that have no assurance of a relationship with God, but know God exists, move in fear. The opposite of that is those that have the assurance of a relationship with God, they move in excitement. Then there are those situations when the people of God move in fear because of the person of God, and the things of God are so amazingly powerful, so incredible, so terrible, that when the servant of God knows them, it is fearsome, the people of God are moved.
            Our loving Father sits in His throne, He also sits as a judge. Will our loving Father just overlook the wickedness of mankind? Or, how long will our loving Father overlook the wickedness of mankind??

            Verse 2: The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.
            Great = great. The Lord is great in Zion. Zion is the city of God (Psalm 2:1-6- first reference of Zion encapsulating God; Psalm 9:9).
            He is lifted up above all people. Just discussed this in point II. Which art in heaven. Not referring to physical distance, but the greatness of God (see next verse).

            Verse 3: Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.
            The name of God is to be praised, or thanked, it is great and fearful, and it is holy.
            What a picture of the Father of all His people. The discussion of the name of God is a discussion of God. The name of the Lord God is great, fearful, and holy; because the Lord God is great, dreadful, and holy.
            Remember that it is not the people of the world that know God in this manner, it is the people of God that grow into a precise and correct knowledge of God; and the people of God should be moved.

            Verse 4: The king's strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.
            Do we know God? Do we know the God that loveth judgement, fixes in place equity, that accomplishes judgement and righteousness?
            The King’s strength to love judgement. Our Father loves judgement. This is no surprise after the discussion of righteousness in the Faith = Righteousness study. All that God does is based upon just judgement. Even mercy and grace are based on the three just mentioned, equity, judgement, and righteousness.
            Make note of these three, they are important throughout the bible, and note the strength of the King, which is judgement (04941 mishpat {mish-pawt'} Meaning: 1) judgment, justice, ordinance).
            Equity = 04339 meyshar {may-shawr'} Meaning: 1) evenness, uprightness, straightness, equity 1a) evenness, level, smoothness 1b) uprightness, equity 1c) rightly (as adv) Origin: from 03474;
            TWOT - 930e; n m Usage: AV - equity 4, uprightly 3, uprightness 3, right things 2, agreement 1, aright 1, equal 1, right 1, righteously 1, sweetly 1, upright 1; 19

            Judgement, (same Hebrew word used twice in this verse). = 04941 mishpat {mish-pawt'} Meaning: 1) judgment, justice, ordinance (?) 1a) judgment 1a1) act of deciding a case 1a2) place, court, seat of judgment 1a3) process, procedure, litigation (before judges) 1a4) case, cause (presented for judgment) 1a5) sentence, decision (of judgment) 1a6) execution (of judgment) 1a7) time (of judgment) 1b) justice, right, rectitude (attributes of God or man) 1c) ordinance 1d) decision (in law) 1e) right, privilege, due (legal) 1f) proper, fitting, measure, fitness, custom, manner, plan Origin: from 08199; TWOT - 2443c; n m Usage: AV - judgment 296, manner 38, right 18, cause 12, ordinance 11, lawful 7, order 5, worthy 3, fashion 3, custom 2, discretion 2, law 2, measure 2, sentence 2, misc 18; 421
            Righteousness = 06666 tsedaqah {tsed-aw-kaw'} Meaning: 1) justice, righteousness 1a) righteousness (in government) 1a1) of judge, ruler, king 1a2) of law 1a3) of Davidic king Messiah 1b) righteousness (of God's attribute) 1c) righteousness (in a case or cause) 1d) righteousness, truthfulness 1e) righteousness (as ethically right) 1f) righteousness (as vindicated), justification, salvation 1f1) of God 1f2) prosperity (of people) 1g) righteous acts Origin: from 06663; TWOT - 1879b; n f Usage: AV - righteousness 128, justice 15, right 9, righteous acts 3, moderately 1, righteously 1; 157

            Judgement requires a basis, the rules, the ordinances, therefore judgement carries in its meaning ordinances. Before the Law of Moses, ordinances existed, Adam and Eve are an example.
            Equity = the ordinance is applied to all without favoritism and requires the existence of the ordinances.
            Righteousness is justice and refers to the whole process, from the ordinance to execution of the ordinances, to the judge acting according to what is written.
            When these three are consistently upheld, mercy has meaning; not as the expected outcome, but as the actions of a merciful judge.

            Where are these things in the world today; all seems corrupted from the top to the bottom on earth. But above the heavens is our loving Father, He loves judgement, establishes equity, and executes judgement and righteousness. By these things we know that the peoples over whom the Lord reigns will prosper.

            Verse 5: Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.
            Lift up the Lord our God, bow down at His footstool, He is holy.
            This verse says what mankind needs to hear. Mankind needs to humble themselves, which will be done by lifting up God; and prostrating themselves before the throne of God (verse 1 pictures the throne of God) (Solomon had a footstool at the throne 2Chronicles 9:17-18).
            Why does mankind need to do these things? Because God is holy, and mankind is not. If mankind understood their place before the Lord God, they could have a relationship with Him. God on high, mankind bowed down at His footstool; it would be a better world than is now known.
            Holy = 06918 qadowsh {kaw-doshe'} or qadosh {kaw-doshe'} Meaning: 1) sacred, holy, Holy One, saint, set apart Origin: from 06942; TWOT - 1990b; adj Usage: AV - holy 65, Holy One 39, saint 12; 116
            Interesting how the dictionaries do not tell us what holy means, the dictionaries ascribe the meaning of the word to the beliefs of those who proclaim something holy. This is why the scriptures are used to define the scriptures whenever possible.
            Some scriptures of interest.
              1 Tim. 6:14-16That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
              Everything about these verses shows that Jesus is holy. Consider the blessed and only Potentate. Jesus is Sovereign, the Kings of kings and Lord of lords; meaning Jesus is over all kings and all lords on earth or in the heavens. Jesus/God alone possesses immortality, dwelling in light and no person can approach Him, no person has seen, nor can see Him, honor and power everlasting are His.

              One aspect of holy, seen in the above definition, and in many other uses of words related to holy in the Greek text, is set apart. Set apart can also be stated as separate. God is separate from the things that He created, and separate from mankind. Dwelling in light which no man can approach, or can see. So, when God does deal with mankind, it should not be taken cavalierly.
              Be reminded that God has to look down (humble Himself) to see the heavens and the earth. And, as the verse states, no human being has seen God, and no human being can see God. God dwells in a realm which mankind is not aware of and cannot comprehend if they become aware of it.
              Exod. 33:15-23 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. 16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. 17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. 18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. 19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. 20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. 21 And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: 23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

              Mankind cannot approach God. How then will mankind ever have the immortality and blessing of God without being able to approach unto Him? God has provided a way.

              ... so shall we be separated I and thy people from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. ...
              A reading of the scriptures with this in mind will show that God has instructed His people to separate themselves from the world, as God is separate from the world. God has preached holiness to His people (Romans study; 1:4). This lesson is easily seen in Genesis 12 in God dealings with Abraham. But is also found prior to that in the life of Noah, who was unlike those that were around him, which indicates a separation of Noah from the world in which he lived.

              Psalm 104:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. 2 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: 3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind: 4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire: 5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. 6 Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains. 7 At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away. ...
              ... read all of this Psalm if you have opportunity, all of it is an attempt to describe God. With an emphasis on attempt. The greatness of God, and the holiness of God is also illustrated in the difficulty in describing Him; He cannot be described with a few words of mankind’s understanding.

            Thinking of the dictionary definitions, sacred is a word used to define holy. The Father of all His people is also sacred. Not just perceived as sacred by certain people; God is sacred. Before mankind proclaimed God sacred, He was sacred; He is holy and He is deserving of respect.
            God is holy, clothed with splendor and majesty. He is covered with light as a garment, He stretches out the heavens like a curtain.
            Note the effort made to describe God, this is where holy, or sacred, comes in; not as the final word to describe God, but as another attempt to express the greatness of God to mankind. God stretches out the heavens as a curtain, how can mankind describe God?

            Verses 6-8: Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them. 7 He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them. 8 Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.
            What do these verses say of the Father of all of His people? God cares for His people. They called, and He answered. God spoke to them and they kept His word. And God carried them, although He also punished their doings (inventions).
            What do these verses say of Moses, Aaron, his priests, and Samuel; who called on the name of the Lord? If you consider it, the very fact that they called on the name of the Lord tells us about them, they had done as this psalm says, ...
            5 Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.
            9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.
            ... they humbled themselves, bowing down at His footstool (verse 5), and exalted God, because they knew of the holiness of God.
            The word worship 07812 means to bow down.

            Forgave = 05375 nasa' {naw-saw'} or nacah )Ps 4 : 6 [7]) {naw-saw'} Meaning: 1) to lift, bear up, carry, take 1a) (Qal) 1a1) to lift, lift up 1a2) to bear, carry, support, sustain, endure 1a3) to take, take away, carry off, forgive 1b) (Niphal) 1b1) to be lifted up, be exalted 1b2) to lift oneself up, rise up 1b3) to be borne, be carried 1b4) to be taken away, be carried off, be swept away 1c) (Piel) 1c1) to lift up, exalt, support, aid, assist 1c2) to desire, long (fig.) 1c3) to carry, bear continuously 1c4) to take, take away 1d) (Hithpael) to lift oneself up, exalt oneself 1e) (Hiphil) 1e1) to cause one to bear (iniquity) 1e2) to cause to bring, have brought Origin: a primitive root; TWOT - 1421; v Usage: AV - (bare, lift, etc...) up 219, bear 115, take 58, bare 34, carry 30, (take, carry)..away 22, borne 22, armourbearer 18, forgive 16, accept 12, exalt 8, regard 5, obtained 4, respect 3, misc 74; 654 08802 Stem - Qal (See 08851) Mood - Participle Active (See 08814) Count - 5386
            The word translated as forgave, which means to bear, carry, support, sustain; was discussed in Deuteronomy 1:31, and it was wonderful.

        Verse 9: Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.
            Just mentioned this verse. Remember these two things, present in verses 5 and 9. Lift up God (exalt), and humble yourself (worship); It is God that is holy and not mankind.
            This may be a disappointing realization to some, but mankind does not love judgement, equity, or righteousness, mankind is not good (moral), the administrative rights that God granted mankind does not make them holy. As individuals we are not holy, as a species we are not holy, only God is holy.
            The only way anything of this earth is considered holy is as it interacts with heavenly beings; specifically, God and those that come from God.
            c.f. holy ground,
            The difference between verses 5 and 9 is the place where mankind bows down. Verse five says ‘footstool’, and verse 9 says ‘holy hill’.

              Some thoughts on the place where mankind is to bow down after/while lifting God up.
              1 Chronicles 28:1-3 And David assembled all the princes of Israel, the princes of the tribes, and the captains of the companies that ministered to the king by course, and the captains over the thousands, and captains over the hundreds, and the stewards over all the substance and possession of the king, and of his sons, with the officers, and with the mighty men, and with all the valiant men, unto Jerusalem. 2 Then David the king stood up upon his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my people: As for me, I had in mine heart to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for the footstool of our God, and had made ready for the building: 3 But God said unto me, Thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou hast been a man of war, and hast shed blood.
              This passage is intriguing, what exactly is the foot stool of God? The context of the second and third verses is the house for God’s name (verse 3), which is the house of rest for the ark of the covenant in (verse 2). Further explained in verse …     1 Chr. 28:6 And he said unto me, Solomon thy son, he shall build my house and my courts: for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.
              Is this the footstool that is being referred to in Psalm 99:5?

              Psalm 132:1-10 A Song of degrees. LORD, remember David, and all his afflictions: 2 How he sware unto the LORD, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob; 3 Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed; 4 I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids, 5 Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob. 6 Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood. 7 We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool. 8 Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength. 9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy. 10 For thy servant David's sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.     Now read this in the context, and it is still amazing. Is this referring to the house that is mentioned above? That house that David desired to build?
              The house built for God was a magnificent building, beautiful craftsmanship in stone, cloth, metal, etc., it was the best efforts of mankind at that time; but it is described as the footstool of God.
              Isaiah 66:1-2 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? 2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
              The Lord God is high above the earth and the heavens; remember that God has to bow down to see the earth and heaven. The above verse says that the earth is the footstool of God, therefore it is no stretch to understand that any house built on earth for God is also His footstool.

              Psalm 99:9 ‘holy hill’ means?
              Psalm 2:1-6 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
              The holy hill of Zion, where the Lord has set His king, is?

              Psalm 15:1-5 (A Psalm of David.) LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? 2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. 3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. 4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. 5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
              Through the aggregate of several readings the holy hill, mount Zion, is Jerusalem, specifically the old Jerusalem that was on the sides of the mount, on the top of which the tabernacle was built. David’s palace was built on the southern slope of the same mount.
              As such Psalm 99:5 which says footstool, and Psalm 99:9 which says holy hill are referring to the same place (in a general but specific sense).
              The author would love to run this subject to its end, but like so many things that come up in a study, this subject will have to stop at this point for the continuity of the main study.

      5. Holy is

      6.     Separate and sacred are a few of the words that are mentioned to define holy, which is a word that is trying to define God. They do give us an understanding of a couple aspects of God. But do not provide a full explanation for holy.
            Meanwhile, we have found that holy is not a word that fully encompasses all that God is, it is just another attempt on the part of mankind to explain God; as are these notes. Wholly inadequate.
            Isaiah 6:1-4 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
            Sadly, while we have learned a little about God, who is described as holy, we still have a long way to go; which in this case means we still have a long way to go in understanding God.
            In Isaiah 6 is a vision of God, what an incredible sight, with one of the seraphims saying, holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Hosts. But does the reader know what this means? The vision bears out the magnificence of God, the greatness of God, and that God is worthy of veneration. The seraphim cried saying, the Lord of Hosts is holy.

        1. Untouched by sin? Free from wickedness.

        2.     Revelation 15:1-8 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. 2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. 3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. 4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. 5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: 6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. 7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. 8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.
              Verse 4: Holy is a different word that those discussed earlier in the lesson (37 & 40).
              Holy = 3741 hosios {hos'-ee-os} Meaning: 1) undefiled by sin, free from wickedness, religiously observing every moral obligation, pure holy, pious Origin: of uncertain affinity; TDNT - 5:489,734; adj Usage: AV - holy 4, Holy One 2, mercies 1, shall be 1; 8
              For thou only art holy (3741). Interesting definition to this word. It presents a different aspect to the discussion not previously considered. This word reminds the author of righteous, but righteous speaks of justice and this word speaks of purity. God is undefiled by sin; the wickedness of sin is contrary to the person and nature of God.
              But God, who is undefiled by sin, is interested in righteousness and unrighteousness, equity and inequality, and the equal application of ordinances to all. God stands in stark contrast to the people of this world that have little to no regard for these things. Is the reader surprised that the wicked do not like or support justice, that they believe that they should not be punished according to their actions, the very deeds of their hands; while simultaneously being overly concerned with the punishment of those they do not like. Anytime the judge is a means to an end for a personal vendetta, justice is not present.

        3. God delivers His faithful servants.

        4.     Samuel 2:1-10 And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation. 2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God. 3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 4 The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength. 5 They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble. 6 The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. 7 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. 8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, and he hath set the world upon them. 9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. 10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.
              The second verse says, there is none holy as the Lord. Does the passage describe, or give insight into what being holy is? Turns out the reading is not an attempt to define holy; it is trying to define, or explain God. What we have here is another servant of God, that has experienced some of the things that make God who He is, now trying to explain, or define, God. Just as other servants of God try to express their experiences with God in words.
              Hannah was barren, and has been delivered from this curse, which testifies that God can deliver from the curse of sin which is death, and give life. The blessing of childbirth might not be great to the people of our time, but to the servants of God in the scriptures it showed the blessing of God, and the power of God.