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The fear of the Lord

I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory…” —Revelation of John 14:6-7 NASB

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge… —Proverbs 1:7a KJV

And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom… —Job 28:28a KJV

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. —Psalms 19:9 NKJV

God is our Creator, thus He owns us and has authority over us.

But now, O Lord,
You are our Father;
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all we are the work of Your hand. —Isaiah 64:8 NKJV

Do you thus deal with the Lord,
O foolish and unwise people?
Is He not your Father, who bought you?
Has He not made you and established you? —Deuteronomy 32:6 NKJV

The fear of the Lord is, in the Old Testament, used as a designation of true piety. It is a fear conjoined with love and hope, and is therefore not a slavish dread, but rather filial reverence.

God is called “the Fear of Isaac” (Genesis 31:42, 53), i.e., the God whom Isaac feared.

A holy fear of the Lord is also urged in the New Testament to prevent carelessness in relationship to God, and as an incentive for repentance.

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. —Matthew 10:28 NKJV

Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men… —2 Corinthians 5:11a NKJV

…let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. —2 Corinthians 7:1b NKJV

…work out your salvation with fear and trembling —Philippians 2:12b NASB

submitting to one another in the fear of God. —Ephesians 5:21 NKJV

…serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire. —Hebrews 12:28b-29 NKJV

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
Nor faint when you are reproved by Him;
For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines,
And He scourges every son whom He receives.” —Hebrews 12:5b-6 NASB

THE MOUNTAIN OF FEAR AND THE MOUNTAIN OF JOY—The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Hebrews contrasts the fearsome scene God’s people faced at Mount Sinai with what God offers us in Heaven.

For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that no further word be spoken to them. For they could not bear the command, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it will be stoned.” And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, “I am full of fear and trembling.”

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel. —Hebrews 12:18-24 NASB

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