Fear of the Lord is....?

Fear of the Lord is....?

Fear of the Lord appears to mean either to fear or revere the Lord. That is evident in the following two verses....

  • Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

    Leviticus 19:14 Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD.

How does He explain "fear?"

  • Job 28:27-28 Then did He see it, and declare it; He prepared it, yea, and searched it out. And unto man He said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

    Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments: His praise endureth for ever.

    Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

    Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

    Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
We are to fear Him and that reverence is wrapped up in....wisdom, understanding and turning away from our carnal nature...pride and arrogance which is the "evil way."

The reward of fearing Him is great....

  • Psalm 25:12-14 What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall He teach in the way that He shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. The secret of the LORD is with them that fear Him; and He will shew them His covenant.

    Psalm 34:7,9 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them. (9) O fear the LORD, ye His saints: for there is no want to them that fear Him.

    Malachi 3:16-17 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon His name. And they shall be Mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
As getting wisdom and understanding is the fear of the Lord, the following carries great power for we are those that "spake often one to another." We are "His jewels."

  • Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
whirlwind .... this is a well posted message . Thank you and yes when it says fear the Lord , it does not mean the kind of fear that the carnal mind would think but a reverence that we know that we serve a Holy God . He is our creator so we worship Him in holyness and reverence .

Leviticus 11:44
I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.