More on the Fear of the Lord

July 15, 2010 — Leave a comment

A couple of weeks ago I posted a list of some of the blessings that come from fearing the Lord.  I didn’t want to let too much time pass before I share some important scriptures on fearing the Lord.

Throughout the Bible, the chief reaction we see when people have an encounter with God is fear.

  • Abraham feared God

Genesis 22:12

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

  • Joseph feared God

Genesis 42:18

18 On the third day, Joseph said to them, “Do this and you will live, for I fear God:

  • Moses feared God

Exodus 3:6
Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

  • When Jacob encountered the Lord at Bethel he was afraid.

Genesis 28:16,17

16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”

  • When the Israelites saw what the Lord did in Egypt they were afraid.

Exodus 14:31
And when the Israelites saw the great power the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

  • David was afraid of the Lord after he saw the Lord strike down Uzzah.

2 Samuel 6:9
David was afraid of the LORD that day and said, “How can the ark of the LORD ever come to me?”

  • Job feared God

Job 1:1

1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.

God expects us to fear him.

Joshua 4:24
He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God.”

Joshua 24:14
“Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.

Psalm 2:11
Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling.

Psalm 19:9
The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.

Psalm 33:8
Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him.


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