“By those who come near Me, I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.” Leviticus 10:3

This is the awe-inspiring proclamation by our Almighty God recorded in the Book of Leviticus. The context is provided in Leviticus 10:1-3:

The Profane Fire of Nadab and Abihu

10 Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke, saying:

‘By those who come near Me
I must be regarded as holy;
And before all the people
I must be glorified.’ ”

So Aaron held his peace.

New King James Version

It is clear that to regard our God the Almighty as holy means following all His commandments. We shall show that furthermore, the Lord’s Prayer is an acknowledgment of His holiness and a means to glorify Him before all people.

As shown in the table below (sourced from Bible Hub), the values of the proclamation of God sum to 1157.

Hebrew (from Bible Hub)EnglishValue of Hebrew words

by those who come near Me314

I must be regarded as holy405
the people115
I must be glorified27
The sum is 314 + 405 + 106 + 140 + 50 + 115 + 27 = 1157.

The number 1157 has 4 divisors {1, 13, 89, 1157}. The sum of the divisors is 1260. Thus, the arithmetic mean of the divisors is 1260/4 = 315.

Conclusion. When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we acknowledge that our Father in Heaven is holy, and we glorify Him.

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