Lesson 6 The Fear of the LORD
Lesson 6 will be divided into 3 parts and will be the last lesson about GOD the FATHER. Lesson 7 will begin our study of GOD the SON. I trust you are enjoying our study and I welcome comments as long as they display love, kindness, and respect.
In this lesson we will look at fear. It would seem that there is a wrong and a right kind of fear. There are many precious messages in the Scripture that speak to my heart. One of my favorites is “Fear not”. This phrase is used some 50 times. Here are a few of the passages where this phrase can be found: Genesis 15:1; Genesis 26:24; Exodus 14:13; Isaiah 43:1; Luke 2:10; and there are many others.
JESUS used a variation of this phrase when HE said in John 6:20 “It is I; be not afraid.”
This lesson, however, is about the other kind of fear, the kind we are to have - the fear of GOD.
Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
Psalm 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
II Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
Lacking in this type of fear will bring sin and disillusion into our lives, as well as possible tragedy. Abraham sinned because “And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.” Genesis 20:11. He wrongly thought he was beyond the fear of GOD and was free.
Romans 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes. This is a picture of degenerate man.
What Does It Mean - FEAR OF THE LORD or FEAR OF GOD?
Proverbs 14:26-27 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
Fear of the LORD or fear of GOD does not mean that we stand before the presence of GOD and tremble with a physical fear. Dr. C. I. Scofield describes the fear of the LORD as “reverential trust with a hatred of evil.” Fear of the LORD means piety. It expresses our religious duty toward GOD.
Deuteronomy 4:10 Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.
From this verse we can see that the fear of the LORD is essential, but it is not something we can inherit from our parents. It must be taught to our children and to other people so that each generation may learn to fear GOD. Fear is what GOD requires from each of us. Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
What things are we not to fear?
We are not to fear idols or other gods.
II Kings 17:38 And the covenant that I have made with you ye shall not forget; neither shall ye fear other gods.
We are not to fear man.
I Samuel 15:24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. Saul got into a lot of trouble because his fear was misplaced.
We are not to fear earthly calamities for they signify the return of our Saviour.
Luke 21:25-28 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
The true believer does not fear future punishments.
Hebrews 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
We are not to fear “fear”.
Job 15:24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
I Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Care here is worry or fear.
The only fear that remains is a holy fear of the LORD GOD HIMSELF, and that we are to have in abundance.