Monday, September 26, 2011

Fear of the Lord #7

The fear of the Lord is to the evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate. Proverbs 8:13

How do we look at sin? Often we are concern more about the consequences of sin than committing the sin itself. Sometimes it seems that many of us try to see just how close do we try to get to sin without touching it or actually getting involved with it. We’ll watch it on television or on the internet without realizing the affect it has on us. In Luke 3:7 God likens sin to venomous snakes. He liken sin to the stench of a sepulchral (a place where human flesh has rotted) in Romans 3:13. In 2 Peter 2:22 He likens sin to the vomit of dogs and 2 Timothy. 2:17 God likens sin to cancer or gangrene. These are all things that we naturally run away from. We would not want to get close to any of these things, we run from them! Is this how we treat sin? God hates sin so much and must deal with it and has dealt with it at Calvary! He sent the Lord Jesus to die to pay the penalty of sin, which is death. So why would we run back to that which we have been set free from and has cost Him so much?

Someone has once said, “What the Lord is looking for is men and women who fear God and hate sin!” These two things go together and are illustrated for us in the life of Job. We read in Job 1:1 that Job was a blameless man, meaning that the life he lived before others was one of integrity. He was also an upright man, meaning that he sought to live his life in a way to please God. But the foundation for Job’s character was the fact that he feared God and shunned evil. Job sought to live out the words latter repeats, “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding (Job 28:28).

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