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The Fear of the Lord / The Fear of God

The Fear of the Lord / The Fear of God

What is the fear of the Lord, and why would the Bible tell us to have a fear of God?

The Fear of God is a good thing. But why fear God? To understand, in this Bible Devotional out of Job 28 and Hebrews 12, Pastor Nelson reviews what the fear of the lord is, and is not.

 

From the Video: Two Key Bible Verses about The Fear of the Lord / The Fear of God:

  • Job 28:28 – “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom.”
  • Hebrews 12:28–29 – “Let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”

 

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What is the Fear of the Lord | What is the Fear of God – Should we be scared?

(Video Transcript)

Maybe you’ve been reading the Bible, or heard a pastor say something about the Fear of the Lord and thought, Fear God? That doesn’t sound right! I though God was Love, so why fear God?

Well. The Fear of the Lord is a familiar phrase all throughout the Bible, it certainly doesn’t mean to be scared of God as if He is some unpredictable lose cannon. However, contrary to what some have been taught on the other side of the spectrum, the Fear of the Lord does not just mean to have a healthy respect for God. The fear of the Lord means so much more than either of those.

Hebrews 12:28–29 offers a balanced perspective, saying “Let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”

When you teach young children about fire, you generally wouldn’t teach that fire is something only to be scared of… if you did, birthday parties, and camp fires would be a nightmare!

No. Fire, when properly understood offers beauty like in a candle lit service, or great usefulness, like heating our homes, or cooking our meals.

To Fear the Lord starts with understanding Him correctly. God is all powerful and all knowing. He is love, and he is judge. For an unbeliever, the eternal judgment of God for sin, is something to be genuinely afraid of. For the believer, remembering that God will lovingly discipline us, in order to teach and correct us when we wander from his will, that discipline is also something we should fear.

Job understood this balance well when he said, “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom.” We are to fear the Lord not because we are scared of God, but because we understand His power and response to sin. To fear the Lord is to revere God – because of his character, and worship Him in awe – because of his Love.

That’s today’s Bible Munch.

 

Read Job 28

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Job 28

Job Continues: Where Is Wisdom?

28 “Surely there is a mine for silver,

and a place for gold that they refine.

2 Iron is taken out of the earth,

and copper is smelted from the ore.

3 Man puts an end to darkness

and searches out to the farthest limit

the ore in gloom and deep darkness.

4 He opens shafts in a valley away from where anyone lives;

they are forgotten by travelers;

they hang in the air, far away from mankind; they swing to and fro.

5 As for the earth, out of it comes bread,

but underneath it is turned up as by fire.

6 Its stones are the place of sapphires,[a]

and it has dust of gold.

7 “That path no bird of prey knows,

and the falcon’s eye has not seen it.

8 The proud beasts have not trodden it;

the lion has not passed over it.

9 “Man puts his hand to the flinty rock

and overturns mountains by the roots.

10 He cuts out channels in the rocks,

and his eye sees every precious thing.

11 He dams up the streams so that they do not trickle,

and the thing that is hidden he brings out to light.

12 “But where shall wisdom be found?

And where is the place of understanding?

13 Man does not know its worth,

and it is not found in the land of the living.

14 The deep says, ‘It is not in me,’

and the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’

15 It cannot be bought for gold,

and silver cannot be weighed as its price.

16 It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,

in precious onyx or sapphire.

17 Gold and glass cannot equal it,

nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.

18 No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal;

the price of wisdom is above pearls.

19 The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it,

nor can it be valued in pure gold.

20 “From where, then, does wisdom come?

And where is the place of understanding?

21 It is hidden from the eyes of all living

and concealed from the birds of the air.

22 Abaddon and Death say,

‘We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.’

23 “God understands the way to it,

and he knows its place.

24 For he looks to the ends of the earth

and sees everything under the heavens.

25 When he gave to the wind its weight

and apportioned the waters by measure,

26 when he made a decree for the rain

and a way for the lightning of the thunder,

27 then he saw it and declared it;

he established it, and searched it out.

28 And he said to man,

‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,

and to turn away from evil is understanding.’”

Footnotes:

Job 28:6 Or lapis lazuli; also verse 16

English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

 

 

 

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