Church of Jesus EM

Sun, Feb 24, 2019

In the Fear of the Lord

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In the Fear of the Lord
(Is11:2-3; Ac9:31)

God is to be feared (Ps76:7).
For there is no one like Him, He is to be feared (Jer10:7), and
Those who fear Him He blesses abundantly with
Life, forgiveness, answer to prayers, mercy, healing, food, promise fulfilled etc.

To fear means to revere, to honor, and to be overwhelmed by majesty.
While religions create environments and images of the divine to bring out fear from men,
Faith is knowing the Lord who is to be feared (Ps76:7), and
The life of this faith is to delight in the fear of the Lord and make it the duty of man (Ecc12:13; Is11:2-3).

Because of the ancestor of mankind, Adam, sinned (Ge3:4-6, 10),
All men naturally have the fear of the divine.

The Bible illustrates those who testified their fear of the Lord when they were tested:
Noah, once warned of the judgement by a flood,
In holy fear he built an ark to save his family (He11:7);
Abraham who gave his only son as a burnt offering (Ge22:12); and
Isaac who gave his own life as a burnt offering (Ge31:42) etc.

It was only natural for their descendants, the Israelites, to fear the Lord (Jer10:7) for
They saw the deliverance of the Lord and what He did to the Egyptians (Ex14:13).

The Law which they received demanded them to fear the Lord (Ex20:18-20; Dt10:12), and
The sanctuary was the house of the Lord where in reverence they worshipped (Ps5:7) for
Jehovah His glorious and awesome name was (Dt28:58).

While their kings were to always put a scroll of a copy of the Law before them (Dt17:18),
David remembered all his life the death of Uzzah because he mishandled the ark (2Sa6:8) and
Thus ruled in fear of the Lord (2Sa23:3), and
His son Solomon built the Temple of Jerusalem and consecrated it to the Lord.

In spite of it, however, the history of Israel was one of repeated rise and fall for
The people feared the Lord but also worshipped other gods (2Ki17:33), as
Depicted in the life of Job who suffered because of his fear of the Lord (Job1:8-12).

Yeshua said, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days” (Jn2:19), because
Through the death and the resurrection of the temple of His body,
As the Spirit of the fear of the Lord would rest on Him and
He would delight in the fear of the Lord according to the prophecy (Is11:2-3).
He would let those who fear the Son to also fear the Father (Jn5:23).
As such those who saw His great works trembled in fear (Mt9:8; Mk4:41, 5:25; Lk7:16).

As He died, He said, “It is finished” (Jn19:30), declaring that He:
1) Revealed His fear for the Father who alone can save Him from death (He5:7);
2) Condemned the devil the proud one (Is14:14-15; Eze28:12-17); and
3) With His blood redeemed all men (Eph1:7).

Yeshua resurrected and let the disciples touch His body so that
The doubting disciple would confess Him as the Lord, the One to fear (Jn20:27-28).

He sent the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of the fear of the Lord (Is11:2) and
He lets the believers fear the Lord (Is11:2; 1Co12:3).

The man of the Spirit is he who
Delights in the fear of the Lord Jesus Christ and makes it his duty to fear (Ecc12:13)
The name of the Lord (Dt28:58), His body the church,
The word of the Lord (Ps111:10), one another (Eph5:21).
Therefore, he worships, serves, prays, treats his brothers in reverence as he does the Lord for
Those who fear the Lord while they are on earth will
See in heaven the Lord whom they fear (Mal3:16).

O Lord,
Hear this one thing.
Let me and my family and all those You have given me
Fear the Lord! Amen.
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