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.

Sunday, October 8, 2023

Be Very Afraid

(Psa 130:4 KJV)  But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

(Proverbs 8 also read)

This seemed like an awkward match:  Forgiveness and fear.  My nature position would be that in embracing “forgiveness” (5547) I would be far away from fear.  One lesson for us here is a glimpse into what the Bible means when it says God is to be “feared” (3372a).  

The Hebrew concept of fearing God includes craven fear but it goes beyond that.  It encompasses the aspects of awe and reverence.  This means that when we come to know God and understanding from the point of view of family, we have a healthy respect for His power and screaming justice but also the tempering balm of His lovingkindness.  It works for a powerful combination.  It motivates us for all the right reasons.

So?  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.  And bask in the security of that fear. 

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