Do We Fear the LORD?
Speaker: Tom Leonard, May 26, 2019
1But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. 3But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. 7And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. 9Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. 11And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things. (KJV)
10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. (KJV)
28And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (KJV)
137Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments. (KJV)
1 Corinthians 11:28-32
28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 30For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. (KJV)
Do We Fear God?
Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
Main Point: If we will know and fear God then we will have understanding and wisdom in all of life!
‘Fear’ (phobos) = afraid, terror, dread – comes from the fact that He has the power to judge/discipline us. ‘Sovereign respect for God…makes us dread, above all things, to offend Him.’ Jesus... (Matthew 10:28)
1. Ananias & Sapphira conspired to test the LORD and to deceive the apostles to look generous/spiritual. verses 1-4
*They were not fearing God – the consequences from Him…
2. There were severe consequences for their conspiring & deception. verses 5-10
Psalm 119:137 “You are righteous LORD and your judgments are right.”
3. Great Fear of the LORD came upon all the believers. verse 11
*We must have proper respect and reverence for the LORD! Let us examine ourselves lest we come under judgment! I Cor 11:28