Let’s put verses 7 with verse 23—our verse for the day. Verses 7 and 8 say: “Fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” How can we come near the Lord and be afraid at the same time? Don’t we usually move away from those who frighten us?
There is a word that we use that is the meaning here when we sing: “Our God is an awesome God!” When something is awesome, we want to draw near, not pull away. This is really the way it is with God. There’s no near to fear God if you want to love and serve God. When we love someone, we might say that we are “afraid” to hurt them. This is not a negative, but something very positive.
Tuesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament
books of history and the Hebrew “Writings.”
This year in the season of Advent to Epiphany
we read Joshua and Proverbs 1—3.
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