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Deuteronomy 6

Good Morning “God Fearers.”  Today we’re in chapter 6.

Proverbs 9:10 reminds us that “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”  Each time the word “fear” is used in the Old Testament it comes from the Hebrew root word “Yare” and in the New Testament the Greek word is always some version of “Phobeo”.   From this word we get phobia.  Why does that matter?  Because modern teachings have sanitized this “fear” of God.  We’ve come to understand it as only “awe”, or respect.  The definitions of the orig words used denote trembling, pants wetting, fall like dead men fear.  Although standing in awe of Him is definitely part of it - fear is more than that.

In this chapter, Moses reminds the people to obey these commands, “fear the Lord”, teach them to all generations so that they might in turn do the same.  If “fear of God” is the “beginning of wisdom”, and we understand wisdom to be knowledge applied - then apart from true “fear of God” we are not applying Scripture.  Hence, we’re not growing.  If we’re not applying it we’re surely not living it.  How well then are we being salt and light?  Look around before you answer.  

Israel understood that remembering Gods power, and His demand for righteousness brought fear, and fear brought obedience.  Lose fear, lose obedience.  

Moses urges them not to forget!  Remember Him in everything.  Morning, noon and night!  Write His commands everywhere as reminders.  Don’t get lax and forget in the midst of His incredible blessing.  It’s easy to remember Him when we’re struggling and “NEED” Him, but do we remember Him when things are awesome?  

Love you all!  Dig in!