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.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Fear or Permission?

(Proverbs 13:13 KJV)  Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

Why would someone fear a “commandment” (4687)?  After all, it is just some words.  We have a saying, “Rules are made to be broken.”  We also have come up with “It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.”  Our entire legal system is based on finding ways around the law.  What is to fear?

He “fears” ( 3372a) because he understands.  If I don’t read the label I don’t know the correct dose.  If I don’t know the correct dose I take or eat what I feel like.  It is like the candy that says on the label, “A fat free food.”  True, but it is all sugar.  If you understand that and have a healthy fear, you are good to go.  If you don’t, watch out.

So?  Understand and fear the standards and commands of God.  That will help you grasp the awesome glory of grace and forgiveness.  It will encourage you to embrace the obedience of a righteous life.  It will bring eternity within reach. 

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