‘Fear God’ Ecclesiastes 12.13-14 VOTD

“Having heard everything, I have reached this conclusion: Fear God and keep his commandments, because this is the whole duty of man. For God will evaluate every deed, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”

Ecclesiastes 12.13-14

The book sounds like an adolescent trying out all kinds of ideas. God lets us see Solomon’s experiments in life.

Solomon’s life started out well and went downhill. His book starts at the bottom and finishes at the top.

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2-18-2016 War And The Fear Of God

The Israelites divided into Northern and Southern Kingdoms, Jehoshaphat king of Southern Judah, attempted political correctness, by trying to get along with everyone. Jehu, God’s prophet, said, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Therefore the wrath of the LORD is upon you” (2 Chronicles 19:2 NKJV). However, because Jehoshaphat obeyed the LORD in other matters, God helped him in a war. “And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the LORD, worshiping the LORD” (2 Chronicles 20:18 NKJV). “And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel” (2 Chronicles 20:29 NKJV). A nation stays in war because it has not put “the fear of God” in its enemies.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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Fear God!

Lessons by this title have been added to the Archive:

http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/feargod.html

http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/vreestgod.html

Some teach that we ought not to fear God.

Yet the word fear is used in connection with God more than 300 times in the Scriptures, both in the Old
and in the New Testament. Everyone on earth is commanded to fear God! Let us perfect holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1).

May the Lord bless you.
Roy Davison

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(#30) The Proverbs of Solomon 10:24-25-Why Are You Running Away?

Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Judgments Solomon made about individual cases brought to him for Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10), or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 10:24-25:

“The fear of the wicked will come upon him, And the desire of the righteous will be granted. 25 When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.”

Wicked people have more reason to live in fear because they do not honor God’s Wisdom in their lives, they naturally assume others also live as they do. Therefore they cannot assume anyone else lives honorably. Other Proverbs show this, as well: Proverbs 28:1: “The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion;” Proverbs 29:25: “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.” A guilty conscience makes one afraid, but one who “trusts in the LORD” feels “safe” and “bold as a lion.” Governments who fear their own citizens will govern badly and fail. Corporations who fear honest competition will resort to dishonorable methods and lose their appeal. The Word of God, and Book of Proverbs in particular, is full of references to “the fear of the LORD,” using “fear” meaning “awe and respect” of God. “The fear of man,” however, brings its own “snare.” The Psalmist said in Psalm 118:6: “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Jesus Christ taught: “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). This was echoed in Hebrews 13:6: “So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’”  Propaganda Merchants drum home the doctrine of “Fear” of nearly everything and everyone. Harlotwood spews this doctrine in its movies. People who live in fear have difficulty having love, because: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).

Then there are people whose conscience makes them flee for good reason: they have done something worthy of death. Proverbs 28:17: “A man burdened with bloodshed will flee into a pit; Let no one help him.” This follows God’s principle of capital punishment in Genesis 9:6: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.” God’s Law given through Moses continued this relationship in Numbers 35:33: “So you shall not pollute the land where you are; for blood defiles the land, and no atonement can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it.” Those who are “burdened with bloodshed” would include abortionists, other murderers, inciters of riots, racial hatred propagators, and any other hateful person who prompts violent deaths. Their consciences should disturb them and make them run for cover and hide from right-thinking people, for murder victims must be vindicated by the death of their murderers.

Contrast this with the “desire of the righteous” who will be rewarded in this life and the life to come. After the “whirlwind” (tornado) of judgment has passed over the land, the “wicked” will have lost all they live for, while the “righteous” will have their honorable “everlasting foundation” upon which to rebuild their lives.

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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A Wonderful Old Testament Passage About Worship

People living under the New Covenant with God through Jesus aren’t called to replicate or duplicate everything done by our ancestors during their worship of God under the Old Testament, but there are certain aspects of proper worship that God requires today as much as he did then. One of which is found in Psalm 5.7:

But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; in fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.

Attitude counts when we come to worship! A person can lift up this verse and apply it to present day followers of God without doing it any damage. As the church we are the household of God where God’s mercy is found (1 Timothy 3:15) and when we worship we are to look with respect to the dwelling place of God – the place our eyes desire to see (Revelation 4).

Many of our own “spirit” problems and many of the denominations “truth” problems could be and would be solved if we only showed the proper fear during worship. Worship directed toward an Almighty God is not meant to be a free-for-all, do as we please, let’s get spiritual or a laissez les bons temps rouler thing. Nor is worship meant to be something done out of a routine where a dependence on pleasing God is based upon something we’re not doing instead of what we are doing!

Psalm 5:7 shows us that there is meant to be a joy in coming to worship God in remembrance of the great things he has done, and the great things he is going to do. Psalm 5:7 also shows us that there is meant to be a recognition of who we are and who God is, and that when we recognize the difference, fear (a holy respect) will be shown in our hearts and in our actions. This is why Psalm 5:7 is a wonderful Old Testament passage about worship.

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REPORTER: Fear of the Lord

The fear of the Lord is that understanding of God’s greatness and power and man’s accountability toward Him. A scriptural and saving knowledge of God is the greatest need of every person. An unknown God can neither be trusted, served, nor worshiped. Belief in God is the foundation principle of the Christian faith. The writer of the book of Hebrews said, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him,…” (Hebrews 11:6)

The fear of the Lord leads to finding the knowledge of God. “If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:4-5) The fear of the Lord awakens feelings of gratitude and love. The fear of the Lord leads us to the Bible so that we might gain the knowledge of God.

The fear of the Lord causes us to depart from evil. God commanded, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.” (Proverbs 3:7) He also said, “…By the fear of the Lord one de­parts from evil.” (Proverbs 16:6) No one who knows himself should be conceited. There is no experience more humbling than to come face to face with our own sins. One who thinks he knows everything will never come to fear God. Watch and pray constantly against the spirit of self-conceit.

The fear of the Lord produces a satisfied life. “The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfac­tion; he will not be visited with evil.” (Proverbs 19:23) A Godly life is a happy and satisfied life, here and hereafter. The fear of the Lord pro­duces a true life. True life, genuine satisfaction and freedom from sin are all blessings of the fear of the Lord.

The fear of the Lord will cause you to obey the gospel quickly. To become a Christian you must hear the gospel and believe (John 6:44-45), repent of sins (Acts 2:38), confess Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized into Christ. (Romans 6:3-4)

–Charles Box

(From “The Report,” bulletin of the Walnut St. church, Greenville, Ala.)

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