An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Fear Is Healthy

(Proverbs 19:23 KJV)  The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

Again we see the phrase “fear of the Lord”.  I noticed something as I was looking into the Hebrew.  Every time that this word for “fear” (3374) is used as a noun in Proverbs it is part of this phrase.  Maybe I saw it before.  Maybe I mentioned it before.  It stands out to me today.

Proverbs, the book of Solomon’s wisdom, always links fear with the Lord.  It is always considered healthy.  It is good to fear things that are worthy of fear.  Think of what it is like to come into the presence of an eternal, holy God.  Think of what Isaiah said,
(Isaiah 6:5 KJV)  Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
Only the touch of God, through a seraphim, changed this reality. 
(Isaiah 6:7 KJV)  And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
What was done as a special dispensation to Isaiah in a vision is now available through the washing of the blood of the Lamb and the filling of the Holy Spirit.

So?  Fear as you fear not.  And remember, “Greater is He that is in you...”

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