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The Fear of God - by Michael Phillips
Proverbs - Part 3 of 26
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Proverbs 1:1-7
Feb 10, 1988 am - THE "FEAR OF THE LORD": ITS IMPORTANCE. "The fear of the LORD" is an expression rarely heard among modern Christians. Thus, you might suppose that it is a trivial matter. But such an assumption is misleading, and if taken to its logical conclusion, damning. Its significance is so plainly taught in Scripture, that to dismiss it requires nothing less than the repudiation of Revealed Religion. Its importance is maintained in a thousand ways, only seven of which I can mention. Our text (and its parallels) suggest something of its importance, 1:7, 9:10). The reasoning from such verses is fairly simple: The chief end of man is to acquire the knowledge or wisdom of God, cf. 4:7 with John 17:3. But such an endeavor cannot even begin apart from Godly fear. If, therefore, you hope to fulfil your end in life, you must fear the LORD. Every part of Scripture commands this Godly fear. The Law of Moses. These precepts, of course, were issued at Mount Sinai. They related to every detail of the Jewish life, from the worship of God to the washing of clothes! But its sum and substance can be boiled down to two words: "Fear God". Exodus 20:20, "And Moses said to the people, "Fear not, for God has ... More >>>

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