The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom
The Foundation of Wisdom and Understanding
"… the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding." Psalm 111:10
The Fear of God is mentioned more times than any other aspect of devotion. The reverential awe, respect and fear of God must be the fundamental attitude of our Faith. Any view of God, which does not lead us to fear God and obey His Law cannot be a Biblical view. "Great and marvellous are Your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are Your ways, King of the ages. 'Who will not fear You, 0 Lord and bring glory to Your Name? You alone are Holy. All nations will come and worship before You, for Your righteous acts have been revealed." Revelation 15:2-4
When something is repeated in Scripture, it emphasises its importance. Loving God, His Name, His Law and His Word is mentioned 88 times in the Bible. Trusting God and His Word occurs 91 times. There are 278 references to fearing God in the Bible. "And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul." Deuteronomy 10:12
Our Lord's Devastating Condemnation of Hypocrisy
The most devastating condemnation of hypocrisy is given by the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 23:
Much Talk But Little Action
"Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: 'The scribes and the pharisees sit in Moses' seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
Pride and Arrogance
"But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces and to be called by men, 'Rabbi, Rabbi.' But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ and you are all brethren. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in Heaven. And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.
God Resists the Proud But He Gives Grace to the Humble
"But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Compromise and cowardice in an age of deceit
For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7
Why do Christian leaders compromise and praise blasphemous communists?
Why do so many remain silent about the colossal crimes of communists who have murdered multiplied thousands of Christians?
Praising a Persecutor
We have heard some unbelievable praises and eulogies for the man who destroyed one of the greatest countries in Africa. Robert Mugabe, a Marxist blasphemer, who boasted that he was greater than Jesus Christ, who had ordered the massacre of missionaries, who unleased the North Korean trained 5th Brigade to slaughter tens-of-thousands of Matebele in the 1980s, who since 1990 ordered that no visas be granted to any missionaries to Zimbabwe, who destroyed one of the finest agricultural economies in all of Africa, leading to catastrophic starvation where more than half of the population of Zimbabwe fled the country, is now praised in eulogies from Christian ministries and politicians!
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