Friday, February 24, 2017


The phrase "fear the LORD" appears in thirty-two verses in the Bible; all are in the Old Testament.  Here are a few examples:
*  Deuteronomy 6:1-2 - "Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you go to possess it:  that you might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments, which I command you, both you and your son, and your son's son, all the days of your life; and that your days may be prolonged."
*  Joshua 4:23-24 - "For the LORD your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until you were passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red sea, which He dried up from before us, until we were gone over:  that all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty:  that you might fear the LORD your God forever."
*  1 Samuel 12:24 - "Only fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart:  for consider what  great things He has done for you."
*  Psalm 22:23 - "You who fear the LORD, praise Him; all you who are the seed of Jacob, glorify Him; and fear Him, all you who are the seed of Israel."
*  Psalm 33:8 - "Let all the earth fear the LORD:  let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him."
*  Proverbs 3:7 - "Be not wise in your own eyes:  fear the LORD, and depart from evil."
*  Jonah 1:9 - "And he said to them, I am a Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, Who made the sea and the dry land.

The phrase "fear not," is found in the Bible sixty-three times, with forty-eight of them being in the Old Testament, and fifteen in the New Testament.  When it appears in the Old Testament, it is telling believers to fear only the LORD; they were not to fear any other thing:  God was saying, "I've got your back!"  The New Testament, because Jesus came to reconcile men unto His Father, emphasizes God's love and grace!  Here are a few examples:
*  Matthew 10:28 - "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
*  Luke 5:10 - "And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon.  And Jesus said to Simon, Fear not; from today on, you shall catch men."
*  Luke 12:32 - "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
*  John 12:15 - "Fear not, daughter of Zion:  behold, your King comes, sitting on the colt of an ass."
*  Acts 27:24 - "Saying, Fear not, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar:  and, lo, God has given you all them who sail with you!"
*  Hebrews 14:3 - "So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."
*  Revelation 1:17-18 - "And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.  And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I Am the first and the last:  I Am He Who lives, and was dead; and, behold, I Am alive forevermore, Amen...."

That being said, what do you think God means when His Word says:
"He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son.  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone:  which is the second death" (Rev. 21:7-8)?

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