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The Fear of the Lord

Study: The Book of Proverbs
Text: Proverbs 1:7
Title: The Fear of the LORD


  1. The Purpose of Proverbs: to gain knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.
  2. The world ejects it because they do not want to admit that the God of the Bible exists and that are will answer to HIM!!!
  3. We acomplia rimonabant have a “Void of TRUTH” that is being filled with UNTRUTH and we are paying a price for it.
  4. We must get back to God and the TRUTH of God’s Word.
    1. Do not be ashamed of the Gospel or God’s Word.
    2. Embrace it – proclaim it.
      Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The Fear of the Lord is an interesting phrase.

  1. It is found in 30 verses in our King James Bible
  2. One of those verses in the New Testament: Acts 9:31
  3. Twenty-nine verses are found in the Old Testament
    1. 1 – 1 Samuel
    2. 1 – Job
    3. 3 – Psalms
    4. 4 – 2 Chronicles
    5. 6 – Isaiah
    6. 14 – Proverbs

The Fear of the Lord is NOT just an Old Testament idea – it is a Biblical Truth that is relevant TODAY!!!

Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

  1. We must look at the context of this verse.
    1. Consider the conversion of Saul and the affect it had upon the Jews and the New Testament churches.
    2. This demonstration of God’s power no doubt caused this response.
  2. Even in the life of a Believer – recognizing what the Lord has done for you should result in a proper fear of the Lord.
    1. Philippians 2:9-13 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
  3. This is not the same FEAR expressed by the Lost:
    1. Revelation 6:14-17 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

What is this FEAR of the LORD?
1. Recognition of the true God – Who He Is!!!
2. Reverence for the true God – for What He is!!!
3. Respect for this true God

The Benefits of Fearing the LORD:

  1. The Beginning of Knowledge – Proverbs 1:7
  2. The Beginning of Wisdom
    1. Proverbs 9:10 – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
    2. Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
  3. Keeps us Living Right
    1. 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.
    2. Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
  4. Keeps us Living Long
    1. Proverbs 10:27 – The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
  5. Keeps us Living Strong
    1. Proverbs 14:26 – In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
  6. Keeps us Living Well
    1. Proverbs 14:27 – The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
    2. Proverbs 23:17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.
    3. Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
  7. Keeps us Living Rich
    1. Proverbs 15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
    2. Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.

My Birthday Surprise

I want to thank our teens, their parents, Bro. Ron, and our teen workers for the birthday surprise tonight at the Teen SNAC or as the pastor called it “the teen thingy after church – Teen TAC”. The gift cards to Starbucks and Longhorn are greatly appreciated!!! The kind words, the card, and the cake were awesome!!! Heather and I love all of you and are thankful for the opportunity buy acomplia online no prescription to serve our teens and teen ministry.

The Purpose of the Book of Proverbs

The Purpose of this Book
Proverbs 1:2-6

Purpose: To benefit the child of God, to help those who heed its teachings
1. To know wisdom and instruction. Vs. 2a
KNOW: to possess by experience, able to act upon, benefit from, and share.

Ephesians 3:14-19 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Romans 11:33-36 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath buy acomplia online without a prescription been his counsellor? 35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Romans 1:16-32 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

2. To perceive the words of understanding
Preceive: to distinguish, discern, or judge what is true and right; truth and error

Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

3. To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity
Receive – to take away from, to gain
Instruction – discipline, chastening, correction
of wisdom –dealing with others with prudence
of justice –What is Right
of judgement – What is Just
and equity –What is Fair
now how to view and render ourselves in all relationships with sincerity, fairness, and truth.

The Recipients of this WISDOM:
1. To give subtilty to the simple
2. To give to the young man knowledge and discretion
Knowledge: A clear and certain perception of that which exists, or of truth and fact
Discretion: discernment which enables a person to judge critically of what is correct and proper, united with caution

3. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning;
and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
To understand a proverb, and the interpretation
To understand the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.