[CF Devotionals] 2011-02-27 - Fear of the Lord

The Ten Commandments ~ Part 67
Tenth Commandment ~ Part 9

The Decalogue Conclusion ~ Continued

Remember what we said previously, about this appearance of God back? "God's appearance on the mountain is one to cause fear and awe in the nation. The giving of the law is a frightening time for the people. Its seriousness is not to be misunderstood. The appearance here is reminiscent of the death of Christ on the cross, with the darkness and the thunder, etc. (see Matt 27:45, 51)

It is interesting that here is the giving of the law, and at the cross was the freeing from the results of the breaking of... that same... law, but the surrounding incidents was very similar. The sounds that are heard are like those of a trumpet. The presence of God is being manifested before the people. God appears in the midst of smoke and fire. and Moses speaks to God.

The reaction of the people is one of fear. In fact, the Latin Vulgate translates this as 'Terrified and panic-struck'. One cannot face the living God and remain untouched. John, the beloved discipl,e tells us of his confrontation with the risen Christ in Rev 1: 17

And when I say Him, I fell at His feet as a dead man.

This is the disciple of whom we read

There was reclining on Jesus' breast one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved (John 13:23).

The fact is that none will be able to stand before the one who is our Creator, who is our Savior, without fear, without awe. Do you ever think of God in a context the generates fear or awe? Is this an appropriate reaction to God for the believer?

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7).

How do you feel a more appropriate response to God can be developed?

The Conclusion of the Series will be continued in the next installment.

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