The Bible does not tells us to eliminate fear from our lives. Rather, the Bible repeatedly commands us to fear not our enemies but the Lord. Jesus in his ministry will say, “do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” Matthew 10:28. We need a biblical understanding of fear. The only rightful recipient of our fear is the Lord. It is by fear of the Lord that we are able to live obedient lives.
- As Moses recounts Israel’s relationship with the Lord since making a covenant at Sinai 40 years prior, what were the primary sins of the people?
- As they now are commanded to enter the promise land, what must Israel do to be obedient and successful?
- Why is it important we fear the Lord?
- How do you respond to things you fear?
- What does the Bible mean when it says ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”? What is fear of the Lord?
- What are the things you fear most?
- How can we cultivate a biblical fear of the Lord?
- Perhaps surprisingly, the Bible commands us to fear the Lord and also hope in the Lord. Are these contradictory or complimentary?