Once again, there' are many lessons in each of the chapters.
But today I want to focus on the fear of the Lord and what Jesus taught about it.
Earlier this week we were talking about worry and anxiety, here again we see how to fight them.
27 What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!
28 “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.[a] 29 What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin[b]? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
Yesterday as my family and I were driving to our mid-week service at church, we were listening to one of Joseph Prince's teachings on God's love and the “Fear of the Lord.”
He mentioned one day a minister came up to him and asked him, “What about the fear of the Lord?”
Pastor Prince said, “What about it?”
The minister said, “Well the Bible says we should fear the Lord.”
Perhaps you’ve heard people explaining what the fear of the Lord is, but do you know where this idea comes from? It comes from Jesus. Remember how he quoted scripture to silence the devil in the wilderness in Matthew 4, ? Well let’s compare what Jesus said with the actual scripture he quoted. See if you can spot the difference:
What Jesus said: “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” (Mat 4:10)
The original text: “Fear the Lord your God and serve him only.” (Deu 6:13)
Did you spot the difference? Moses said, “Fear God,” which Jesus interpreted as, “Worship him.” Whenever you read an exhortation to “fear the Lord” in the Bible, you can rightly interpret it as “worship the Lord.” Jesus gives you permission.
So Jesus changed out the word, “Fear” with, “Worship.” It must be that these two words are synonymous in the mind of Christ, and who else to interpret the fear of the Lord than Jesus himself! So, when we worship the Lord we are really, “Fearing the Lord.”
Jesus is the Writer of the Scriptures! The Writer must define what the words mean.
Contrary to what we usually hear, the fear that He talks about comes from love not from being afraid...Joseph Prince then mentioned something really true... people tend to hate what they fear. For sure this is not something God has in mind.
Romans 8:15 - Fear is just one step away from hate. Children will always hate the people that they fear.
Children will follow true authority. Having a slavish fear is not the right way to fear the Lord.
Only those who are secure in the everlasting love of the Lord know what it is to truly fear the Lord.
It is to tremble in his presence knowing he is surely good, he is surely supreme, and he surely loves me.
Fear has no place in a healthy, loving relationship. It’s important that you get this. You can’t balance fear and love. They are like light and dark. You cannot have a part of your heart shouting, “I love you Lord” while another part whispers, “but I’m afraid of you.” Why not? Because you will never give yourself wholly to someone you’re afraid of.
It's like I was saying yesterday in my post about receiving/giving mercy. Only when we understand and accept how much God loves us is when we can fully enjoy the life that He has intended for us to live!
“The fear of God that the Self Righteous have is that God will judge them for not being righteous enough. The fear of God that the Christ-righteous have is that God has qualified them to share in the Kingdom and that He is on their side and they therefore cannot be shaken or moved and that this awesome God will judge their enemies with fire!”- Paul Ellis
Have a great day sisters, you're loved :-)