|Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
| FEAR THE LORD
The original Old Testament writings were written in Hebrew, while the New Testament was written in Greek. In the scriptures the same word may be applied several different ways; so in order to find the true meaning of any word it's imperative to have a good Hebrew and Greek Dictionary.
This is a subject very near to my heart. The Lord demands us to fear Him. What kind of fear is being spoken of here? Lets search it out:
Fear (Heb: yare) used of a person in an exalted postion, yare connotes "standing in awe".
This is not simple fear, but reverence; whereby an individual recognizes the power and postion of the individual revered and renders him proper respect. In this sense, the word may imply submission to a proper ethical relationship to God. [this is a quote from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testaments].
When I use the scriptures speaking of fearing the Lord this is what I am speaking about.
And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not. And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
Not only did Jacob discover that God is everywhere [being Omnipresent]; but he also was aware of the Holiness of the Almighty Living GOD; and he showed his respect and awe of GOD.
The other Hebrew word for "Fear" is yir-ah. This also is in reference to showing "reverence" of God.
What is our role or position with GOD in relation to how we are to treat Him?
Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
Many will say this is Old Testament which doesn't apply to us under the new covenant of grace. Well let's see what the New Testament says:
Fear in Greek is phobeo: to show referential fear.
A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
This brings up the subject of calling the Holy God Daddy. I have a major problem with this. We are told to revere and honor Him. To worship and serve Him. He is not our Daddy. He is our Holy Heavenly Father. No where in the Bible does it say we are to call Him Daddy nor does it say anything about crawling up in His lap. We are to approach the throne of God with boldness, but not to bring Him down to our level; He will raise us up to Him.
On my Home page I explain what Abba means in the greek. It is not Daddy, but it is Father with a note of Him being our Father as a child of His not that of a stranger.
We must remember whom we are speaking of here.
And he said, Draw not nigh hither; put off thy shoes from off thy feet; for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
Jesus Christ is God as well as the Holy Ghost and the Father. Elohim [el o heem] means plural majesties in perfect union forming One GOD. Jesus is not a man, He came as a man but He is God and not to be mistaken for a man!
Jesus was part man and part God while He was here on Earth. He is called the first-fruit; meaning the first to ascend from death to go to the Father. This still does not make him man! We are not equal to Jesus and never will be!
The first sin was man trying to be equal with God and we are still doing it! This is a move of satan to destroy the church! We are not little Gods.. nor will we ever be God's.
I know this will upset some of you and for that I am sorry, but what I have said stands. I can support every positon I have taken here with scripture.
Father God, Holy Lord, cover each of us in your shield of grace and love. Open our eyes to see clearly your truths, and to honor You as our Holy Father. Thank you for dying for us and setting us free from the bondages of sin. I adore you. Abba hold us all close to your bosom. in the name of Jesus amen.
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