Fear of the Lord

In Your Bible: Proverbs 9: 9-11

The wording “Fear of the Lord” (also seen in Proverbs 1:7 and Proverbs 10:27), is mentioned 104 times in the Old Testament but only 5 times in New Testament! Jesus is the difference—he shows us how to follow what God wants for us. Yes, Solomon said, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

Biblical Fear

Even before our salvation experience, the fear of the Lord (Respect, Honor, Devotion, Obedience, Amazement) at what God does may be revealed to us! Solomon’s God inspired statements on Wisdom refers to Christ Jesus:

Give instruction to a wise man and he will become even wiser;
Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning. 
The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the beginning and the preeminent part of wisdom [its starting point and its essence],
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding and spiritual insight.
For by me (wisdom from God) your days will be multiplied,
And years of life shall be increased (Proverbs 9:9-11 AMP).

Revere God

The classical definition of fear of the Lord is reverential awe. * To me this means giving God proper place in my life, actually yielding my will to his, and living to please Him rather than myself.

Therefore, love the things God loves and hate the things God hates. We have developed a high tolerance for evil. But, Jesus came to show how much God loves man. Believe it. Solomon said, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Prayer: Father, I do believe you love me. Selah.

* Sermon Notes by Chuck Smith, blueletterbible.com

Good Advice

Children, obey your parents in the Lord [as His representatives], for this is just and right. Honor (esteem and value as precious) your father and your mother—this is the first commandment with a promise—That all may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth (Ephesians 6:1-3 Amplified Bible).

Ephesians 6:1-9 Amplified Bible
Ephesians 6:2,3 New Century Bible
Ephesians 6:1-9 The Message
Ephesians 6:1-9 In your Bible

Paul gives guidance in practical matters. He literally says a child of God—a believer (man, woman, child, or a master or slave) can and must be a living witness to the power of Christ in his life.* Obedience is a key outward sign of trusting the Lord.

Children

Paul uses a direct command from Exodus 20:12 and Deuteronomy 5:16 (honor your father and mother), the first command with a promise . . . Then everything will be well with you, and you will have a long life on the earth (Ephesians 6:2,3 New Century Version).

Our model here is the Christian family with Jesus as the head. Paul also challenges fathers [and mothers] not to exasperate their children or provoke them to anger. That is not what Christ would do.

Children are to be nurtured with the love and patience of the Lord. The love is there, but the patience is often lacking. In this combination, love strengthens the patience.

Slaves and Masters

The appeal continues with advice to slaves . . .respectfully obey your earthly masters but always with an eye on obeying your real master, Christ (Ephesians 5:6 The Message).

Paul gives similar guidance to masters, . . . no abuse, please and no threats. You and your servants are both under the same Master in heaven. He makes no distinction between you and them (Ephesians 6:9 The Message).

Prayer: Father, I know I owe everything to you, give me strength to me see this guidance for living to honor you.

Question: How do these guidelines impact your understanding of how God wants you to implement your family responsibilities?

* What the Bible is all About, Henrietta C. Mears, Regal Books, Glendale, California, 1974, p. 503.