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Originally posted by wellwhatnow
If God loves me, I have no reason to fear God.
If God loves me, I have no reason to fear Satan.
St. Maximos the Confessor,( Early Church Father,Maximos the Confessor was born in 580,) teaches that the memory of death, when accompanied by the memory of God, is very helpful to the believer in his life in Christ: "Nothing is more fearful than the thought of death, and nothing is more marvelous than the memory of God." For, as he says, the memory of death "produces in the soul salutary sorrow," while the memory of God produces in the soul "joy and gladness." This is why the Prophet said, "I remembered God and was pleased" (Ps. 76,4:LXX), while the wise man of the Old Testament was advised, "Remember the end of your life, and then you will never sin" (Wis. Sir. 7,36). For it is impossible to keep oneself unwounded by sin if one does not experience the salutary "sourness" of the memory of death .
Word of the Month - יראה (Yirah - Fear)
By: Jeff A. Benner
This Hebrew noun is used forty-five times and is most frequently translated as fear. In our English language fear is a state of excitedness, in a negative way, toward something terrible. Before we look at the Hebraic meaning of this word we will examine its use in the common context of "the Fear of the Lord" which appears twenty-seven times.
Proverbs 15:33 (RSV)
The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility goes before honor.
The common understanding of this verse is that if one is afraid of the Lord he will have wisdom but, as we shall see this is not consistent with its use in the Hebrew language. The Hebrew for this phrase is יראת יהוה (yirat Yahweh). When two nouns are placed together they are in the construct state meaning that these two words should be considered one. Another clue that these two nouns are in the construct is the change of the letter ה (h). When the first word of the construct phrase ends with the letter ה (h), it changed to the letter ת (t).
Below is a complete list of construct phrases from the book of Genesis where the second word in the construct is "the Lord" (Yahweh).
The Word of the Lord---(Genesis 15:1)
The Voice of the Lord---(Genesis 3:8)
The Face of the Lord----(Genesis 4:16)
The Name of the Lord---(Genesis 4:26)
The Eyes of the Lord----(Genesis 6:8)
The Garden of the Lord-(Genesis 13:10)
The Angel of the Lord---(Genesis 16:7)
The Way of the Lord----(Genesis 18:19)
The Mount of the Lord--(Genesis 22:14)
You will notice that in every instance the first word in the construct (word, voice, etc) belongs to the second word of the construct (Yahweh). The "fear" in the phrase "the fear of the Lord" is not our fear, it is the Lord's fear. Because God cannot "fear" we must look to the Ancient Hebrew concrete meaning of this word to understand it.
The word yirah comes from the parent root yar which means "to flow" and is related to words meaning river and rain, from their flowing, and to throw in the sense of flowing. From this we can see that when one is afraid the insides begin to shake, a flowing of the insides. But as the word yirah means "to flow" it is not limited to "fear" alone.
In our introductory verse we saw that wisdom comes from this "fear of the Lord." Compare that with Exodus 31:3 - "And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship." It is "the Spirit of God (the Lord)" that gives us wisdom in the same way that "the fear of the Lord" does. The Hebrew word for "spirit" is "ruach" literally meaning the "wind," which is also a flowing. The "fear of the Lord" is his Spirit which flows out of him into us giving us wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
Originally posted by Mcphisto
It says in the Bible, though I dont know where, that if you mock the Devil he will fear you!
Originally posted by GreatTech
but are you freed of all sins for Eternity?
Originally posted by GreatTech
One of my goals in the afterlife, at the risk of sounding arrogant before God, is to destroy Satan completely.
In other words, if we don't give him the power, he can do nothing against those protected by faith in God and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.