The fear of the Lord, an expression that occurs many times in Scripture, 142 in the ESV in various forms, is not well understood in the Church today. For many, the phrase represents a weak and flabby description of an overly saccharine spiritual being of some sort. It certainly does not include the concept of the LORD, God the Almighty who spoke all things into being and who controls all things.
Join with me in examining the fear of the LORD and seeking an understanding of life in the Kingdom of Heaven in the here and now as guided by that fear. I have chosen to take an introductory look at the subject through the lens of the life of Moses.
When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
A burning bush which was not consumed. That alone was very startling to a shepherd, even one who had been a prince of Egypt. I'm quite sure that each of us has supervised a bonfire with the intent to make sure it was fully consumed. This was certainly different. But it was the voice, the voice of the LORD, God the Almighty, emanating from the fire. Not a gentle, soft voice, but a voice that immediately demanded attention. A voice that thundered, "I am the God of your father...." And Moses was afraid to look upon God. A stomach churning, heart-stopping fright; a life-transforming fright that was the beginning of the transformation from shepherd to leader and emancipator of his people.
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 15
Evening: Psalm 90
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