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Healthy fear!

Scripture reading for January 25th: Exodus 19-20

God carried the whole nation of Israel out of slavery in Egypt with a display of His power in the plagues.  They walked out of Egypt, laden down with silver and gold and other valuables.  God’s presence guided them in the Pillar of Fire and in the Cloud.  God was in their midst and provided miraculously in sending the manna and quail and then providing water from the Rock.  These children understood the mercy of God, but their fear of God was lacking!  This holy fear is the best foundation for a good connection with a Holy God.  (Proverbs 1:7)

God led the children of Israel to Mt. Sinai where He gave instructions through Moses to the people.  They were to refrain from sexual relations, wash their clothes, and consecrate themselves in preparation for hearing God.  (Exodus 19:10-16)  On the morning of the third day, there was thunder and lightning, a thick cloud, and a loud trumpet blast.  When the trumpet sounded, everyone in the camp trembled with fear!  (Exodus 20:18-19)  The people begged Moses to speak to them, but did not want God’s voice.

God’s purpose was to instill in them the “fear of God to keep them from sinning.” (Exodus 20:20)  The ten commandments that Moses received revealed God’s standard of holiness.  They are the mirror for our soul showing our own need of mercy and forgiveness.  They drive us to God for mercy through His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is only by grace that we are saved from the penalty of sin. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

As you read Exodus 20:1-17 today, ask the Lord to reveal his holiness to you and open your eyes to your need for holy fear.  Look at the commandments and see how they help us to love God and love our neighbor.  For those who have trusted in Christ, the Holy Spirit now writes the law on our hearts and brings us into the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:1-3)  Jesus perfectly obeyed the law by following the Spirit!

“Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid.  God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” Exodus 20:20

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