A Study of the Lord's Prayer
Session 5: Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil
Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman
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- What food is the most tempting for you to eat?
- What important promise have you been able to keep, even though it has been hard to do?
- What is the biggest problem or trouble you have ever faced?
For Your Information:
- Matthew 6.13 - "Do not bring us into..." (eisenegkes): The Greek word
means, "bring into, lead into, carry into, cause to enter."
- Matthew 6.13 - "Temptation" (peirasmos): The Greek word could be
translated with, "testing, temptation, trial, trap."
- Note that we pray to God to "not bring us into temptation." (It does not say,
"Do not tempt us.")
- Does God test / tempt people? See the story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22 and
consider what happened to Job. Also see 1 Corinthians 10.13; James 1.13-15.
- Note how Jesus himself dealt with the problem of temptation. Read Matthew 4.1-11 and
- Read Matthew 26.35-42. What connections do you observe between the Lords Prayer
and what happened in the Garden of Gethsemane?
- Read Luther's explanations to the 6th Petition of the Lord's
- Matthew 6.13 - "Evil": The form of the Greek word here could either be
referring to "evil" as an abstract concept, or it could be translated as
"evil one." See Matthew 13.19 and 13.38 where the same Greek construction does
mean "evil one," that is, the devil or Satan.
- Read Luther's explanations to the 7th Petition of the Lord's
- The Doxology ("For thine is the kingdom...") is not included in the oldest and
best Greek manuscripts. It was probably added later, perhaps on the basis of 1 Chronicles
29.11-13, as part of the liturgical use of the Lords Prayer in the early church. It
is possible that Jesus concluded the prayer with some sort of doxology or blessing.
- "Amen": The Greek word a)mh/n is actually a transliteration of the Hebrew word
}m). It means, "so let it be, truly."
- Read Luther's explanations to the Doxology of the Lord's
Blessed is anyone who
endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that
the Lord has promised to those who love him.
For Your Consideration:
- In translating the phrase, "Lead us not into temptation," the contemporary
version of the Lords Prayer reads, "Save us from the time of trial." Is
this a good translation? Is it helpful to you?
- What is one temptation you never want to face? Why would this one be hard for you?
- Does God tempt us? Test us? Try us? What are the differences in meaning between these
possible translations and why are they important?
- What would be best for you: To never face any temptations? To face temptations but
receive help in resisting them?
- Look at the list of temptations Martin Luther mentions in his explanation to the Sixth
Petition. What makes these things so tempting?
- If someone admitted to you that they were struggling with some temptation (e.g., a
chemical dependency, cheating on taxes, adultery), what would you do to help them resist
- Keeping in mind that the Lords Prayer consistently uses plural forms, what
temptations and evils do we face together as a family? a church? a community? a nation?
- What is an evil thing you face daily?
- What is the difference between praying that we not be led into temptation and that we be
delivered from evil?
No testing has overtaken
you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested
beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you
may be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10.13
- Pick one thing that really tempts you. When you pray the Lords Prayer,
specifically keep this temptation in mind.
- Pray the Lords Prayer when you first awake, sometime during the day, and just
before you go to sleep.
- Parents: teach the Lords Prayer to your children. Godparents: remember that you
promised to teach the Lords Prayer to your godchild when s/he was baptized.