Fear of the Lord

Mar 20, 17 Fear of the Lord

Today we look at what it means to have a fear of the Lord.

We ought review our conduct of – hypocrisy, self righteousness in reverrnce to God.

Meanwhile, the crowds grew until thousands were milling about and stepping on each other. Jesus turned first to his disciples and warned them, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees – their hypocrisy

As they were crossing the lake, Jesus warned them, “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod.” (Mark 8:15 NLT)

The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear (Luke 12:1 – 12:3 NLT)
Herod was an example of Abusive authority, pride, no reliance on God. 

The Bible stated clearly what outcome Herod had when he stepped out of authority and accepted himself as a god.

The people gave him a great ovation, shouting, “It’s the voice of a god, not of a man!” Instantly, an angel of the Lord struck Herod with a sickness, because he accepted the people’s worship instead of giving the glory to God. So he was consumed with worms and died (Acts 12:22 – 12:23 NLT)
Fear of God is greater than the Fear of man

Fearing people is a dangerous trap,  but trusting the Lord means safety.  (Proverbs 29:25 NLT)

“Dear friends, don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot do any more to you after that. (Luke 12:4 NLT)
Reverential fear of God and yet His love for us 

But I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he’s the one to fear. “What is the price of five sparrows – two copper coins ? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows (Luke 12:4 – 12:7 NLT)

Fear and wrath isn’t just in the Old Testament

Most Christians single mindedly look at the New Testament for love and forgiveness and forget about reverential fear of the Lord; it is also anchored in the New Testament

It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10:31 NLT)

The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers. (Acts 9:31 NLT)

And I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants. (Jeremiah 32:39 NLT)

God looks out for those who fear Him

Joseph’s fear of the Lord when tempted by Potiphar’s wife. Even before the times of Moses and the Commandments, Joseph showed wisdom and fear of God and fled  adultery/ sexual sin.
 No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.” (Genesis 39:9 NLT)
Midwives feared the Lord and were blessed 

So God was good to the midwives, and the Israelites continued to multiply, growing more and more powerful. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own (Exodus 1:20 – 1:21 NLT)
Why Fear the Lord? 

1) because He is all-glorious and powerful 

“O Sovereign Lord ! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you! (Jeremiah 32:17 NLT)

Then this message came to Jeremiah from the Lord : “I am the Lord , the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me (Jeremiah 32:26 – 32:27 NLT)

Isaiah 6: 1-5

Isaiah’s encounter with God where even the angels could not face God’s countenance and glory and had to have their faces and feet covered with their wings. Isaiah then remarks his spiritual gift of prophesy from the mouth – unworthy – before God’s glory.

2) Because of His love and grace 

Lord , if you kept a record of our sins,  who, O Lord, could ever survive?  But you offer forgiveness,  that we might learn to fear you (Psalm 130:3 – 130:4 NLT)

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. (Romans 2:4 – 2:5 NLT)
3) Because of His Justice 

His justice shakes all earth and heavens. Nothing withstands it except for His Kingdom

From heaven you sentenced your enemies;  the earth trembled and stood silent before you.  You stand up to judge those who do evil, O God (Psalm 76:8 – 76:9 NLT)

When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the ram’s horn, and when they saw the flashes of lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear. 

 And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!” 

 “Don’t be afraid,” Moses answered them, “for God has come in this way to test you, and so that your fear of him will keep you from sinning (Exodus 20:18 – 20:20 NLT)

When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.” (Hebrews 12:26 NLT)
This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain. (Hebrews 12:27 NLT)
Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire (Hebrews 12:27 – 12:29 NLT)

4) We do not have some kind of Bargain arrangement with God 

You can’t buy God off in any way because HE has bought you 

God’s need for purity requires that sin needs an offering of redemption 

Jesus paid the price in full for our sins 

So that the will of God and purpose for our salvation is fulfilled in our redemption 
They will be my people, and I will be their God. And I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me (Jeremiah 32:38 – 32:40 NLT)
Fear of the Lord leads to life,  bringing security and protection from harm.   (Proverbs 19:23 NLT)
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom

Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment. (Proverbs 9:10 NLT)

Proverbs 9:10, fear of the Lord, wisdom

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