Are you afraid of Jesus or do you fear Jesus?
- Todd suggested that we spend some time talking about “the fear of the Lord” and God’s holiness.
- The cartoon about Jesus of the New Testament being the same as God of the Old is HERE.
- The Old Testament speaks at length about the fear of the Lord, and connects it to all kinds of blessings.
- Todd: The fear of the Lord is more of a reverent respect, not feeling as if you want to run away.
- If the fear of the Lord is a good thing, then it has to be different than being afraid of him.
- Being afraid of God is what Adam had after he sinned. His fear made him hide from God.
- But the fear of the Lord has the idea of seeking to know God more.
- Todd: The fear of the Lord is a desire to not disappoint Jesus.
- It’s true God is for you and not against you. On the flip side, we can’t forget God is separate and “other.”
- When I first began reading about the fear of the Lord I saw all kinds of promises.
- I wasn’t satisfied with the standard explanation that “fear” was a deep, reverent respect for God.
- I asked an Israeli about the Hebrew meaning. He said the word also means “terror.”
- People who encountered the presence of God in the Old Testament usually fell down as if dead.
- God told Moses no human can see his face and live, so Moses got to see God’s back as he passed by.
- That encounter left Moses glowing so that people were terrified of him when he got back.
- These stories led me to believe the fear of the Lord was more than “reverent respect.”
- I began asking the Holy Spirit to show me what the fear of the Lord was all about.
- I said so in a small group we attended. A prophet was there and told me this wasn’t an idle request.
- He said, “Make sure you want this because it’s a life or death issue for you.”
- The group prayed for me and the Holy Spirit came so strong I couldn’t remain standing.
- My body felt as if I was attached to electricity, and I could feel myself twitching.
- I didn’t have a revelation of the fear of the Lord.
- A while later the Spirit reminded me of our trip to Niagara Falls when we rode the Maid of the Mist right up to the bottom edge of the waterfall.
- The air and the water vibrated with the power of the falling water.
- That’s the feeling when we encounter the presence of God.
- I’ve only experienced it a few times in my life.
- Aaron: Where is the awe in our normal church services? Most worship services are safe, predictable and boring.
- Todd: You can see the awe of God through his creation.
- Aaron: Recently saw a video explaining the ten dimensions of our universe.
- Patrick: I find awe of God in nature.
- Aaron: Seeing what someone has made isn’t the same as seeing the maker.
- John calls himself “the disciple Jesus loved” in the book of John. He had an intimate relationship with Jesus.
- John has a different reaction to Jesus in Revelation. The glory is so much that he falls to the ground, just like the people who encounter God in the Old Testament.
- How do we reconcile having a beer with Jesus and the fear of the Lord?
- Todd: It’s like having a friend who’s a body builder. He’s your friend, but he can be scary too.
- Another analogy: if your father is a king, you act differently when you’re in the living quarters than the throne room.
- You can hang out and talk casually in the living quarters, but in the throne room you better follow all the protocols.
- Encounters with the “weightiness” of God’s glory aren’t limited to the past. It can happen to you and me now.
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