Proverbs is in a section of the Bible known at "Wisdom Literature." The other books in this section are Job, Psalms, Ecclesiastes and The Song Of Solomon. The focus of these books is instruct men in the ways of the Lord. The Book of Proverbs is a collection of teachings from Solomon to his son, showing the young man how to live his life in a manner that was pleasing to the Lord. Proverbs mainly referring to wisdom. Proverbs 1:7 is the first point.
A. What does the phrase "the fear of the LORD" refer to? When we think of fear, we associate the word with terror. Webster's Dictionary defines fear as "a feeling of anxiety and agitation produced by the presence or nearness of danger, evil, pain, etc." For many, this would describe the feeling you get when you see a snake, or going to the dentist. Surely, this is not the point that Solomon was referring to.
B. What, then, does it mean to fear the Lord? When we truly fear the Lord, we will recognize that He is the Master and we are the servants. This attitude will manifest itself in our having a respect for God, His word and in our having a desire to do what He tells us to in His Bible. ( Pro. 8:13). People who do not walk in line with God's Word do not fear the Lord, regardless of what they profess with their lips. Therefore, when we fear the Lord, there is an elements of dread at what His wrath can do, but there is also such a respect for Him and for His will that nothing else matters but doing that which pleases the Lord.
Oswald Chambers, said "The remarkable thing about fearing God is that, when you fear God, you fear nothing else; therefore, if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.") C. Would you describe your life as one lived in the fear of God? Does the dread of His wrath prompt you to holiness? Does respect for Him and for His will propel you toward obedience and godliness? We need to fear of the Lord in our lives!
According to this book, the fear of the Lord will produce certain...
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