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The Fear of the Lord

Jeremiah 26, 35, 36; John 20

“’Perhaps when the people of Judah hear about every disaster I plan to inflict on them, each of them will turn from his wicked way; then I will forgive their wickedness and sin.’…When they heard all these words, they looked at each other in fear and said to Baruch, ‘We must report all these words to the king.’…The king and all his attendants who heard all those words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes…After the king burned the scroll containing the words that Baruch had written at Jeremiah’s dictation…”

Jeremiah 36:3, 16, 24, 27

God’s heart is to forgive wickedness and sin as his people repent of their sinful ways. The prophetic words he speaks to us are to call us back to himself.

How we respond to God’s prophetic words is a reflection of how we are responding to God himself. Jeremiah trembled at God’s words; the people were fearful upon hearing them; but, the king scorned God’s prophetic word and burned the prophetic scroll. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. In the last days the people of the world are warned of God’s judgments, of demonic worship, murder, magic arts, sexual immorality, and thefts (Revelation 9:20, 21); but, they do not repent. Those who fear God’s Word will be calling for repentance in each generation. Just like in the time of Jeremiah, we can either fear God’s Word and repent, or ignore God’s Word and burn it.

“Lord Jesus, your Word is like a fire within me, consuming my pride, my sin, and my fear of man. Glorify your name and your Word in my life and in this generation.”