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As we visited the “fear of the Lord” discussion a couple S-Grams ago, I thought it wise to re-affirm our basis this week. As the Bible is filled with references to remarkable blessings that accompany the fear of the Lord, it’s indeed worthwhile to know exactly what is meant!
Prov.9:10 (& Ps.111) declares, “The fear of the LORD is the
beginning of wisdom!” Acts 9:31 proclaims, “The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord… and it also grew in numbers.” (NLT) …Continued to increase and was multiplied. (AMP)
Solomon captures the whole of the Bible in one simple vs. in Ecc.12:13 (NLT), “That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is …(AMP) the whole duty of every man.” The Message says, “The last and final word is this: Fear God. Do what he tells you.”

We mentioned the great Rev.14 passage a couple wks ago identifying the eternal message (with no expiration date). I saw an angel flying through the sky, carrying the eternal Good News to proclaim to …every nation, tribe, language, and people. “Fear God,” he shouted. “Give glory to him. …Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea..(Vss.6-7 NLT) ¬†And of course, few Bible vss convey the mystery found in Ps. 25:14. “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.”
Wow! So what’s the simple answer? – (Use the Bible to translate the Bible.)
Deut, 6:13 commands, “Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.”
Interestingly, Jesus quotes and clarifies this great and fundamental scriptural command. “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Mat. 4:10)
The Message offers this clear translation of Jesus’ simple explanation of “fear.” “Jesus’ refusal was curt: “Beat it, Satan!” He backed his rebuke with a quotation from Deuteronomy: “Worship the Lord your God, and only him. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness.

…It has nothing to do with being afraid – it’s all about worship! Selah. \o/

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