Living in the Fear of the Lord

UNDERSTANDING THE FEAR OF THE LORD
(PASTOR LEE JACKSON – FFWC)

I. INTRODUCTION – THE WAS A DAY NOT TOO LONG AGO WHEN YOU WOULD HEAR PEOPLE REFER TO A MAN AS A GOD FEARING MAN. THAT MEANT THAT HE WAS AN HONORABLE MAN, HE COULD BE TRUSTED, HE WAS A MAN OF HIS WORD AND HE WOULD DO RIGHT BY YOU, HE WAS COMPASSIONATE AND KIND MAN. IT WAS CONSIDERED A GREAT COMPLIMENT. SADLY, TODAY WE DO NOT HEAR THAT EXPRESSION VERY OFTEN. THIS MORNING, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT THE FEAR OF THE LORD AND HOW IT IS OF GREAT BENEFIT TO US.

II. THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM
PSA 111:10 THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM; ALL WHO FOLLOW HIS PRECEPTS HAVE GOOD UNDERSTANDING. TO HIM BELONGS ETERNAL PRAISE.

III. WHAT DOES THE BIBLE MEAN BY THE FEAR OF THE LORD?
A. HEBREW WORD “YIR’AH”: FEAR, TERROR, AWESOME OR TERRIFYING, REVERENCE, RESPECT, FEAR (OF GOD) (GOD TAUGHT PHARAOH, WHO WAS CONSIDERED A GOD HIMSELF, THE FEAR OF THE LORD (THE ONLY GOD) THROUGH THE TEN PLAGUES.)
B. N.T. GREEK WORD “PHOBOS” (PHOBIA), FEAR, DREAD, TERROR, THAT WHICH STRIKES TERROR (PAUL ON ROAD TO DAMASCUS, ANANIAS & SAPHARIA, PARENTS & CHILDREN, COACH WOODEN, WINNINGEST COACH AT UCLA. )
C. JOB 28:28 AND UNTO MAN HE SAID, BEHOLD, THE FEAR OF THE LORD, THAT IS WISDOM; AND TO DEPART FROM EVIL IS UNDERSTANDING.

IV. WHY SHOULD WE FEAR THE LORD?
A. DEU 10:17 FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS GOD OF GODS AND LORD OF LORDS, THE GREAT GOD, MIGHTY AND AWESOME, WHO SHOWS NO PARTIALITY AND ACCEPTS NO BRIBES.
B. PSA 111:2 GREAT ARE THE WORKS OF THE LORD; THEY ARE PONDERED BY ALL WHO DELIGHT IN THEM. 3 GLORIOUS AND MAJESTIC ARE HIS DEEDS, AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.
C. JER 5:22 SHOULD YOU NOT FEAR ME?” DECLARES THE LORD. “SHOULD YOU NOT TREMBLE IN MY PRESENCE? I MADE THE SAND A BOUNDARY FOR THE SEA, AN EVERLASTING BARRIER IT CANNOT CROSS. THE WAVES MAY ROLL, BUT THEY CANNOT PREVAIL; THEY MAY ROAR, BUT THEY CANNOT CROSS IT.

V. THE FEAR OF THE LORD SHOULD CAUSE US TO TREAT PEOPLE RIGHT
A. LEV 25:17 DO NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EACH OTHER, BUT FEAR YOUR GOD. I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD.
B. 2CH 19:5-7 HE APPOINTED JUDGES IN THE LAND, IN EACH OF THE FORTIFIED CITIES OF JUDAH. 6 HE TOLD THEM, “CONSIDER CAREFULLY WHAT YOU DO, BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT JUDGING FOR MERE MORTALS BUT FOR THE LORD, WHO IS WITH YOU WHENEVER YOU GIVE A VERDICT. 7 NOW LET THE FEAR OF THE LORD BE ON YOU. JUDGE CAREFULLY, FOR WITH THE LORD OUR GOD THERE IS NO INJUSTICE OR PARTIALITY OR BRIBERY.”
C. GOD WAS CONCERNED ABOUT HOW ISRAEL TREATED THEIR WIDOWS, THE POOR AND THE ALIEN AND FOREIGNER AMOUNG THEM.
VI. FEAR OF THE LORD BRINGS US INTO A COVENANT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
A. PSA 25:14 (KJV) THE SECRET OF THE LORD IS WITH THEM THAT FEAR HIM; AND HE WILL SHEW THEM HIS COVENANT.
B. PSA 25:8-13 GOOD AND UPRIGHT IS THE LORD: THEREFORE WILL HE TEACH SINNERS IN THE WAY. 9 THE MEEK WILL HE GUIDE IN JUDGMENT: AND THE MEEK WILL HE TEACH HIS WAY. 10 ALL THE PATHS OF THE LORD ARE MERCY AND TRUTH UNTO SUCH AS KEEP HIS COVENANT AND HIS TESTIMONIES. 11 FOR THY NAME’S SAKE, O LORD, PARDON MINE INIQUITY; FOR IT IS GREAT. 12 WHAT MAN IS HE THAT FEARETH THE LORD? HIM SHALL HE TEACH IN THE WAY THAT HE SHALL CHOOSE. 13 HIS SOUL SHALL DWELL AT EASE; AND HIS SEED SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.

VII. THE FEAR OF THE LORD BRINGS OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WORD
A. DEU 6:24-25 AND THE LORD COMMANDED US TO DO ALL THESE STATUTES, TO FEAR THE LORD OUR GOD, FOR OUR GOOD ALWAYS, THAT HE MIGHT PRESERVE US ALIVE, AS IT IS AT THIS DAY. 25 AND IT SHALL BE OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, IF WE OBSERVE TO DO ALL THESE COMMANDMENTS BEFORE THE LORD OUR GOD, AS HE HATH COMMANDED US.
B. THE FEAR OF THE LORD PROMOTES RIGHTEOUSNESS & GODLY LIVING

VIII. THE FEAR OF THE LORD BRINGS GOD’S BLESSINGS
A. LONG LIFE & OTHER BLESSINGS: DEU 6:1-3 THESE ARE THE COMMANDS, DECREES AND LAWS THE LORD YOUR GOD DIRECTED ME TO TEACH YOU TO OBSERVE IN THE LAND THAT YOU ARE CROSSING THE JORDAN TO POSSESS, 2 SO THAT YOU, YOUR CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN AFTER THEM MAY FEAR THE LORD YOUR GOD AS LONG AS YOU LIVE BY KEEPING ALL HIS DECREES AND COMMANDS THAT I GIVE YOU, AND SO THAT YOU MAY ENJOY LONG LIFE. 3 HEAR, ISRAEL, AND BE CAREFUL TO OBEY SO THAT IT MAY GO WELL WITH YOU AND THAT YOU MAY INCREASE GREATLY IN A LAND FLOWING WITH MILK AND HONEY, JUST AS THE LORD, THE GOD OF YOUR ANCESTORS, PROMISED YOU.
B. PROTECTION: PSA 34:7-9 THE ANGEL OF THE LORD ENCAMPS AROUND THOSE WHO FEAR HIM, AND HE DELIVERS THEM. 8 TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD; BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO TAKES REFUGE IN HIM. PSA 115:11 YOU WHO FEAR HIM, TRUST IN THE LORD– HE IS THEIR HELP AND SHIELD.
C. PROVISION: PSA 34:9 FEAR THE LORD, YOU HIS HOLY PEOPLE, FOR THOSE WHO FEAR HIM LACK NOTHING. PSA 111:5 HE PROVIDES FOOD FOR THOSE WHO FEAR HIM; HE REMEMBERS HIS COVENANT FOREVER.
D. LOVE & COMPASSION: PSA 103:13 AS A FATHER HAS COMPASSION ON HIS CHILDREN, SO THE LORD HAS COMPASSION ON THOSE WHO FEAR HIM; PSA 103:17 BUT FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THE LORD’S LOVE IS WITH THOSE WHO FEAR HIM, AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS WITH THEIR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN—
PSA 118:4-8 LET THOSE WHO FEAR THE LORD SAY: “HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER.” 5 WHEN HARD PRESSED, I CRIED TO THE LORD; HE BROUGHT ME INTO A SPACIOUS PLACE. 6 THE LORD IS WITH ME; I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT CAN MERE MORTALS DO TO ME? 7 THE LORD IS WITH ME; HE IS MY HELPER. I LOOK IN TRIUMPH ON MY ENEMIES. 8 IT IS BETTER TO TAKE REFUGE IN THE LORD THAN TO TRUST IN HUMANS.

IX. WE ARE TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN THE FEAR OF THE LORD
A. DEU 31:12-13 ASSEMBLE THE PEOPLE–MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN, AND THE FOREIGNERS RESIDING IN YOUR TOWNS–SO THEY CAN LISTEN AND LEARN TO FEAR THE LORD YOUR GOD AND FOLLOW CAREFULLY ALL THE WORDS OF THIS LAW. 13 THEIR CHILDREN, WHO DO NOT KNOW THIS LAW, MUST HEAR IT AND LEARN TO FEAR THE LORD YOUR GOD AS LONG AS YOU LIVE IN THE LAND YOU ARE CROSSING THE JORDAN TO POSSESS.”

X. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE LOSE THE FEAR OF THE LORD
A. PROV 1:22-31 “HOW LONG WILL YOU WHO ARE SIMPLE LOVE YOUR SIMPLE WAYS? HOW LONG WILL MOCKERS DELIGHT IN MOCKERY AND FOOLS HATE KNOWLEDGE? 23 REPENT AT MY REBUKE! THEN I WILL POUR OUT MY THOUGHTS TO YOU, I WILL MAKE KNOWN TO YOU MY TEACHINGS. 24 BUT SINCE YOU REFUSE TO LISTEN WHEN I CALL AND NO ONE PAYS ATTENTION WHEN I STRETCH OUT MY HAND, 25 SINCE YOU DISREGARD ALL MY ADVICE AND DO NOT ACCEPT MY REBUKE, 26 I IN TURN WILL LAUGH WHEN DISASTER STRIKES YOU; I WILL MOCK WHEN CALAMITY OVERTAKES YOU– 27 WHEN CALAMITY OVERTAKES YOU LIKE A STORM, WHEN DISASTER SWEEPS OVER YOU LIKE A WHIRLWIND, WHEN DISTRESS AND TROUBLE OVERWHELM YOU. 28 “THEN THEY WILL CALL TO ME BUT I WILL NOT ANSWER; THEY WILL LOOK FOR ME BUT WILL NOT FIND ME, 29 SINCE THEY HATED KNOWLEDGE AND DID NOT CHOOSE TO FEAR THE LORD. 30 SINCE THEY WOULD NOT ACCEPT MY ADVICE AND SPURNED MY REBUKE, 31 THEY WILL EAT THE FRUIT OF THEIR WAYS AND BE FILLED WITH THE FRUIT OF THEIR SCHEMES.

XI. NEW TESTAMENT REFERENCES TO THE FEAR OF THE LORD
A. JESUS SPEAKING: MAT 10:28 AND FEAR NOT THEM WHICH KILL THE BODY, BUT ARE NOT ABLE TO KILL THE SOUL: BUT RATHER FEAR HIM WHICH IS ABLE TO DESTROY BOTH SOUL AND BODY IN HELL.
B. APOSTLE PAUL: 2CO 5:10-11 FOR WE MUST ALL APPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST, SO THAT EACH OF US MAY RECEIVE WHAT IS DUE US FOR THE THINGS DONE WHILE IN THE BODY, WHETHER GOOD OR BAD. 11 SINCE, THEN, WE KNOW WHAT IT IS TO FEAR THE LORD, WE TRY TO PERSUADE OTHERS. WHAT WE ARE IS PLAIN TO GOD, AND I HOPE IT IS ALSO PLAIN TO YOUR CONSCIENCE.
C. GOD’S JUDGEMENT: REV 15:4 -8 WHO WILL NOT FEAR YOU, LORD, AND BRING GLORY TO YOUR NAME? FOR YOU ALONE ARE HOLY. ALL NATIONS WILL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOU, FOR YOUR RIGHTEOUS ACTS HAVE BEEN REVEALED.” 5 AFTER THIS I LOOKED, AND I SAW IN HEAVEN THE TEMPLE–THAT IS, THE TABERNACLE OF THE COVENANT LAW–AND IT WAS OPENED. 6 OUT OF THE TEMPLE CAME THE SEVEN ANGELS WITH THE SEVEN PLAGUES. THEY WERE DRESSED IN CLEAN, SHINING LINEN AND WORE GOLDEN SASHES AROUND THEIR CHESTS. 7 THEN ONE OF THE FOUR LIVING CREATURES GAVE TO THE SEVEN ANGELS SEVEN GOLDEN BOWLS FILLED WITH THE WRATH OF GOD, WHO LIVES FOR EVER AND EVER. 8 AND THE TEMPLE WAS FILLED WITH SMOKE FROM THE GLORY OF GOD AND FROM HIS POWER, AND NO ONE COULD ENTER THE TEMPLE UNTIL THE SEVEN PLAGUES OF THE SEVEN ANGELS WERE COMPLETED.

XII. CONCLUSION –

A. PSA 40:1 FOR THE DIRECTOR OF MUSIC. OF DAVID. A PSALM. I WAITED PATIENTLY FOR THE LORD; HE TURNED TO ME AND HEARD MY CRY. 2 HE LIFTED ME OUT OF THE SLIMY PIT, OUT OF THE MUD AND MIRE; HE SET MY FEET ON A ROCK AND GAVE ME A FIRM PLACE TO STAND. 3 HE PUT A NEW SONG IN MY MOUTH, A HYMN OF PRAISE TO OUR GOD. MANY WILL SEE AND FEAR THE LORD AND PUT THEIR TRUST IN HIM. 4 BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO TRUSTS IN THE LORD, WHO DOES NOT LOOK TO THE PROUD, TO THOSE WHO TURN ASIDE TO FALSE GODS. 5 MANY, LORD MY GOD, ARE THE WONDERS YOU HAVE DONE, THE THINGS YOU PLANNED FOR US. NONE CAN COMPARE WITH YOU; WERE I TO SPEAK AND TELL OF YOUR DEEDS, THEY WOULD BE TOO MANY TO DECLARE.
B. PSA 86:11 – 13 TEACH ME THY WAY, O LORD; I WILL WALK IN THY TRUTH: UNITE MY HEART TO FEAR THY NAME. 12 I WILL PRAISE THEE, O LORD MY GOD, WITH ALL MY HEART: AND I WILL GLORIFY THY NAME FOR EVERMORE. 13 FOR GREAT IS THY MERCY TOWARD ME: AND THOU HAST DELIVERED MY SOUL FROM THE LOWEST HELL.

 

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