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The Fear of The LordTHE FEAR OF THE LORD!

The Old Covenant:  was a conditional covenant. If kept, it would bring blessing – if disobeyed it would bring cursing!

 We see this oft-repeated cycle in the history of the nation of Israel. When the people obeyed God, He was pleased with them and would bless them, when they disobeyed Him, He would often allow them time to change, but if they persisted in their sin, He would become angry and judge them and visit them with a curse in the form of punishment!

 This produced in the people a fear of God

 We can see this very clearly in this vision of the prophet Isaiah:

Isa 6:1-8  In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim, and one cried to another and said: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory! And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips,  and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of  hosts.Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.

 Isaiah was completely undone and his sin exposed when in the presence of God. He was in great fear and expectant that God would punish him. Thankfully God relented and instead cleansed Isaiah of his sin!

 The New Covenant:  is an unconditional covenant in the sense that Jesus as man’s representative fulfilled all of God’s law completely to every jot and title!

 Mt 5:17  Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfil.

 He took the punishment upon Himself that should have been upon mankind so that sin could not only be forgiven but taken away.

Isa 53:4-5 Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

 On the cross, Jesus exhausted completely the fiery judgment and anger of God against all sin, past, present and future!

 It is Christ’s obedience as a man who now frees God to visit man with His salvation. The only work for man to do is receive the salvation that God offers!

Rom 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience (Adam) many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience (Christ) many will be made righteous.

 As a believer, when we sin, fall short or make mistakes, we no longer need fear God’s punishment because we know Jesus exhausted that punishment on the cross 2000 yrs ago.

 Our only response is to point to Jesus obedience and say, “Thank you lord that Jesus took the punishment for all my sin. His blood has washed all my sin away,  therefore I now receive your forgiveness. I no longer need fear you but revel in your unconditional love!”

Meditation Point: Jesus has exhausted all of Gods judgment and anger against sin upon the cross. I can now enjoy a relationship with God that is free from fear or punishment!









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