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One of the gracious offices of the Lord. All the persons of the GODHEAD have this blessed name and character applied to them in the Scriptures of truth; but it should seem to have a peculiar reference to the person of God the Father. Hence the Lord Jesus, with inexpressible sweetness, consigns the case of his church to his Father in the night before his sufferings and death. "Keep, Holy Father, (saith Jesus) through thine own name, those whom thou hast given me." (John 17:12) So again the same or a similar request is made, John 17:15 so also Psalms 121:5. And the Holy Ghost, by Moses the man of God, when giving directions to Aaron to bless the people, appointed this form in reference to the Father. (See Numbers 6:24 see also Isaiah 27:3) And certainly there is a blessedness in the thought, that the church in Jesus is the continued object of the Father's love and care. And what an asylum do believers find in the view, that all the attributes of JEHOVAH are engaged for the security and comfort of his people. What the Lord said to Abraham is in effect said, and from the same cause, to all his seed: "Fear not, Abraham, I am thy shield, and thine exceeding great reward." (Genesis 15:1)

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Hawker, Robert D.D. Entry for 'Keeper'. Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance and Dictionary. London. 1828.

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