Mike Morrell (Sites Unseen – Earth's Mightiest Alternative Christian Link Portal) posted the following on his Facebook profile:

A Jew & A Christian explore the Lord's Prayer, together - a cool NPR interview about the new 'A Prayer to Our Father'
WFAE 90.7 FM
WFAE 90.7 FM

I listened, and what follows are my thoughts:

Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson have written a book entitled, "A Prayer to Our Father." NPR decided to interview them. You should listen to the interview before or while reading the following notes.

The interviewer didn't think Muslims would have a problem with referring to God as our father. He doesn't know that not referring to God as the father is one of the central points of Islam. There is no familial relationship of human being and God in Islam. It is the main separation between the Judeo-Christian and Islam.

Nehemia Gordon finds "May your name be sanctified" a call to action but "Hallowed be thy name" as being vague. It doesn't strike me that way at all. It says to me to hold God as Holy in every sense. I also don't find all the Hebrew puns completely missing in the Greek or English, since the words still translate. Neither would Nehemia recognize the puns in Hebrew without studying the word roots, etc. Names in languages have meaning. "Jesus" means "Iesus" means "Yeshua" means YaHoVeH is Salvation means the "I was, I am, I will be" is our father/savior.

One can't Judaize Christ since Jesus was/is a Jew in a certain context also. What can happen though that should not is a diminution of the New Testament message, which message is lacking in the Old Testament else there would have been no need for Jesus. Nehemia doesn't accept Jesus. His Old Testament doesn't require him to rise to it. The world under the Old Testament without the enlightenment of Jesus is retrograde.

Many people calling themselves Christians today are falling to the notion that the chosen one is not Jesus so much as the retrograde.

I sensed a pleasure on Nehemia Gordon's part in participating in the, to me, not so subtle diminution of the message of Christ even as the others on the program appeared to try to more than tolerate it and to even glorify the process of working closely with the orthodox Talmudical, which still finds Jesus anathema.

"Thy kingdom come" versus "Thy kingdom be blessed," again, I don't have any difficulty reconciling the two. To bless is to desire a truthful unfolding. The kingdom can't be blessed while being hidden under a rock. Jesus came to reveal what was not already understood. Coming to that understanding is still in process. The ineffable is to become the here and now. It is not already understood.

As for the difference between "evil" and the "evil one," evil is manifested. There is the evil spirit (one fractured soul) that also manifests in the flesh as shown by iniquitous acts of individuals and groups.

I have many more thoughts on this that run to, among other things, the concepts of Babel and Pentecost. Lastly, I do not intend to and am not cutting off Nehemia. What he will be (become) is not for me to say. My desire is that he be blessed by the enlightening words of Jesus. May his reading go on through the whole New Testament, and may he become a believer in that fuller and fullest message.

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