UNDERSTANDING THE FEAR OF THE LORD
AS we have seen there is a fool and there is a wise man. We have also read that there is a way that seemeth right to a man but the end thereof is death. You ask, what am I trying to say? I’m saying that the minute we’re born into this world we are sinners “already”, condemned by God because of the sin of Adam. God told Adam in the beginning do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die. God knew that Adam and Eve would eat of the tree when he put them in the garden. God did this condemning all mankind to death, so that everyone would have to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour. God did this that we might be given the chance to become sons of God. When we ask Jesus into our heart and ask him to forgive us of our sins, he comes in and we are forgiven. From that point on we are to find out why we are sinners and because we have asked Jesus to come in, it is now possible to be come like him. Jesus must be glorified in us. His life must be lived through us. Jesus said in John 3:14-21
John|3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
John|3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
John|3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John|3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John|3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John|3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
John|3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
John|3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Jesus said that we are condemned already. We don’t have to do anything to be cursed of God because we are born sinners, and the soul that sinneth shall surely die and be cursed.
We have so many people today who ask the question, why me? What did I do to be hurt so bad? or be born deformed, or to see my family addicted to drugs, alcohol, tobacco. It’s a spiritual thing going on in our heritage or because of the God of this world forcing you to rebel against God and his laws. God says, come let us reason together. Most of us don’t know the first thing about God and his ways. God also says, my ways are not your ways.
We all feel that we’re right and we’re afraid to look into God’s will because we will have to change, and men don’t like change. It up sets us, and causes fear. If we only knew the fear of the Lord we would not be afraid of anything but not pleasing him. There is a scripture, For God is not mocked for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap. If we sow to the flesh we shall reap corruption, but if we sow to the spiritual, we shall of the spirit reap life everlasting. (Ephesians 6:8-9) By being born into this world without a knowledge of the rules of the game, we through our own understanding cling to the ways of the world. We look to our enter being for guidance not knowing that the answers are coming from satan speaking to our mind. As we progress deeper and deeper into darkness we become more and more distanced from the real life God wants for us. Every time he speaks, we in the spirit run from God’s voice as Adam did in the garden of Eden, because we know in our spirit we are hiding from him, and we know also the sins that keep us from him. If we only knew the truth, that’s why God has placed the curse and death as the wages of sin. Sin “is” the transgression of the law. With every sin there is a price to be paid. If you do this, this will happen. There’s no hiding from the judgment of God, just a fearful looking for the wrath of God to come because we know we have done wrong and we know also we are going to get it, that’s Gods promise. I set before you this day life and death, blessings and curses, you choose.
Deuteronomy|30:15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
Deuteronomy|30:16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
Deuteronomy|30:17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
Deuteronomy|30:18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.
Deuteronomy|30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Deuteronomy|30:20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
Proverbs|26:2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
God is just and fair, if your wrong, he will judge you that way, but if your right he will also judge you right. The thing he judges with is his law. You break the law, you receive the punishment that goes along with that law. But on the other hand if you know the law and keep it, you also are rewarded for obeying it. God has created us human which means that there are things that we are subject to because of our nature as humans. A human without thinking is driven to fine food, shelter, he by nature breaths, sees, hears, feels, touches, all these are automatic to us. We don’t have to think about breathing, we just do it. The same goes for all of our other senses, we just do it.
There is also other things in our being that does things and behind these things are fear. Everything we do is out of fear, fear of death. By this same fear is how God has chosen to cause us to overecome sin. Everything God has created has the power to create fear in something or someone else. God has told us himself, make me your fear, make me your dread.
Isaiah|8:13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
As we study the Old Testament, we see God sentencing people to death for not obeying his commandments. The reason why God has done this is to make us fear. He wants us to fear him so much that we won’t sin. He also wants us to see why he does things, and he wants us to understand why he has done things. We cannot know God as creator, provider, protector, teacher, saviour, etc. unless we totally fear him. We have to know God better then we know ourselves. If we really don’t know God and who and what he is, we cannot have respect for him. Human-kind will not respect anything unless they fear it.
To better understand this we will look at the book of Proverbs to see what God has to tell us about the fear of the Lord and what it will do.
Proverbs|1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs|1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and
forsake not the law of thy mother:
Proverbs|1:9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
Proverbs|1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
Proverbs|1:11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
Proverbs|1:12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
Proverbs|1:13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
Proverbs|1:14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
Proverbs|1:15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
Proverbs|1:16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
Proverbs|1:17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
Proverbs|1:18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
Proverbs|1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
Proverbs|1:20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
Proverbs|1:21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
Proverbs|1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
Proverbs|1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
Proverbs|1:24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have
stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
Proverbs|1:25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
Proverbs|1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
Proverbs|1:27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
Proverbs|1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
Proverbs|1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
Proverbs|1:30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
Proverbs|1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
Proverbs|1:32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
Proverbs|1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
Proverbs|2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
Proverbs|2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
Proverbs|2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
Proverbs|2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
Proverbs|2:5 “Then” shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs|3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
Proverbs|3:2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Proverbs|3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
Proverbs|3:4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Proverbs|3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Proverbs|3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs|3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Note: All these verses say “let”, in other words you choose to either do it or not, it’s up to you.
Proverbs|8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Proverbs|9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Proverbs|10:24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
Proverbs|10:27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
Proverbs|14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
Proverbs|14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to
depart from the snares of death.
Proverbs|15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than
great treasure and trouble therewith.
Proverbs|15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
Proverbs|16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
Proverbs|19:23 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
Proverbs|20:2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion:
whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
Proverbs|22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
Proverbs|23:17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.
Proverbs|29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
We have been given here one of the keys to the kingdom of heaven which is “ the fear of the Lord”. One of the most important things we can do is study the old testament and the accounts of where God used the Israelites as examples that we might see God in action judging his people, leading and guiding them through every day living, teaching them to obey his voice and hearkening to his directions. Paul shows us in 1 Corinthians 10 how God used the Israelite people to be examples, or, enamples to us, that we might have a picture of what an idolater is, or a fornicator, or how the people temped God and were destroyed. It also shows us a picture of baptism, spiritual and natural, and also how they ate spiritual meat and drink.
1 Corinthians|10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
1 Corinthians|10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
1 Corinthians|10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
1 Corinthians|10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
1 Corinthians|10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
1 Corinthians|10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
1 Corinthians|10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
1 Corinthians|10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
1 Corinthians|10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
1 Corinthians|10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
1 Corinthians|10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, (Warning) upon whom the ends of the world are come.
1 Corinthians|10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.