You are to fear YHVH your God, serve him, cling to him and swear by his name.
Deuteronomy 10:20 CJB
Is fear an emotion or a reaction?
In the age of emotional pandering, feelings of joy and love have been made into idols. Worship services with the goal of entertaining the masses who flock to them have become the “holy” rock concerts of our day. What this type of worship creates is an environment of religious hedonism. The constant seeking of emotional pacification has replaced the biblical concept of worship.
But I can enter your house
because of your great grace and love;
I will bow down toward your holy temple
in fear of you. Psalm 5:7
Fear and terror are by-products of interacting with an all-powerful being. One cannot enter into the presence of YHVH and not be overwhelmed by His power. Today, modern believers either treat Him as a security blanket, or an ATM. They fail to realize that He was the one who caused great and miraculous things to happen for the Children of Israel to be set free from the bonds of slavery in Egypt. Yeshua said to His followers in Matthew 10:28, “Do not fear those who kill the body but are powerless to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who can destroy both soul and body in Gei-Hinnom.”
After being restored to Torah, I realized just how much I had wondered from this concept. At the core of our belief is a fear of YHVH. Why do we eat clean animals only? Why do we keep Shabbat? Why do we do anything written in the Torah? Because we fear Him.
“So obey the commandments of YHVH your God, living as he directs and fearing him.” Deuteronomy 8:6
Fearing YHVH is ESSENTIAL to our faith and until we have a genuine fear of Him, our hearts will wander and we will continue to put our faith in things that will simple keep us “safe.” Modern Medicine, our government, diet and exercise, and the love of our families will not bring us peace or safety. On that day, we will be begging for the YHVH who stretched out His hand and caused the Egyptians and Israel’s neighbors to be horrified at the very thought of Him. We will beg the God who did such amazing and horrifying wonders to rescue us again.
But then his people remembered
the days of old, the days of Moshe:
“Where is he who brought them up from the sea
with the shepherds of his flock?
Where is he who put his Holy Spirit
right there among them,
who caused his glorious arm to go
at Moshe’s right hand?
He divided the water ahead of them,
to make himself an eternal name;
he led them through the deep
like a sure-footed horse through the desert;
like cattle going down into a valley
the Spirit of YHVH had them rest.
This is how you led your people,
to make yourself a glorious name.”
Isaiah 63: 11-14 CJB
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