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The Fear of The Lord, part 4
Jesus linked the idea of the fear of the Lord with the word for seeing or sight. The idea behind that is we really cannot understand the fear of the Lord until we really see life as it is and we really cannot see life as it is until we are born-again. Jesus taught that we need a spiritual rebirth in order to see the Kingdom of God (remember that the fear of God is the combination of fear and seeing).
John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.’” The word “see” in the Greek iseido which means "to understand." This verse is not saying that you need to be born again in order to one day see heaven. It's referring to the Kingdom of God on earth which is righteousness, peace, and joy. Until you are born again you do not have a right perspective on life subsequently you cannot truly fear God.
I think there is an association with Paul's conversion and his going blind. God took three days to re-adjust his sight so that once it was restored he saw life differently. He was filled with wonder and awe over the glory of it all. As with Moses' experience, that kind of experience caused every bush became aflame with the Presence of God, the ground where he walked suddenly was perceived as holy. Nothing seemed small, trivial, or insignificant.
This is why the Pauline epistles contain directives, admonitions, and rebukes over what we might consider insignificant things. We argue with Paul over the freedoms we have based on our theology of grace; Paul’s perspective on life and what we should or should not do came from his ability to see, perceive, and understand the fear of God. Paul taught us that “fear and trembling” before the LORD is descriptive of the inner awareness of the sanctity of life itself. The kind of fear that benefits us the most is from a profound reverence for God and life that comes from rightly seeing. This level discerns the Presence of God in all things and is sometimes called the “Awe of the Exalted.” Through it we behold God’s glory and majesty in all things.
“Fearing” and “seeing” are linked and united. Small says, “The combination of fearing and seeing will elevate us to the level of reverent awareness, holy affection, and genuine communion with God's Holy Spirit.” Those who understand the mission of Jesus understand “yir’ah” in the highest sense of reverence and awe.
We could have endless debates about what we are allowed to do as Christians and what we are not allowed to do – but that would miss the point. This isn’t about the can’s and cannot's of the Scriptures. This is about understanding the fear of God and allowing that reverence to guide us through our lives.
Medication (because laughter is the best medicine) THEME SONGS FOR BIBLE CHARACTERS Noah: "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" Adam and Eve: "Strangers in Paradise" Lazarus: "The Second Time Around" Esther: "I Feel Pretty" Job: "I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues" Moses: "The Wanderer" Jezebel: "The Lady is a Tramp" Samson: "Hair" Salome: "I Could Have Danced All Night" Daniel: "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" Joshua: "Good Vibrations" Peter: "I'm Sorry" Esau: "Born To Be Wild" Jeremiah: "Take This Job and Shove It" Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: "Great Balls of Fire!" The Three Kings: "When You Wish Upon a Star" Jonah: "Got a Whale of a Tale" Elijah: "Up, Up, and Away" Methuselah: "Stayin' Alive" Nebuchadnezzar: "Crazy" God Bless,
Pastor Brad Verse of the week: 1 Corinthians 15:58 Today's Bible reading(s): 2 Kings 20 - 21