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And He Shall Be Your Fear

September 16, 2014

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And  He  Shall Be  Your Fear    

People have  all sorts  of fears,  simply because  we realize  our vulnerabilities.     We have no personal power  to stave off huge attacks  of enemies,  diseases,  storms,  false prophets,  economic disasters,  or the end  of this world.     In the days  of Isaiah,  Assyria was attacking Israel,  and Israel  was afraid.     They had all sorts  of theories  about the impending attack  as they frantically talked  about their looming threat.

But,  in all their anxiety,  they never thought  of going  to the LORD,  their Creator  and Redeemer  in prayer.     They only concentrated  on the dangers  they were facing.     Their experience  was a lesson  in reality  for them  in their situation  —  and it serves  as a lesson  for all  of God’s people  down through the ages.

So,  we read  what Isaiah says  in Isaiah 8:11-15,

For thus  the LORD spoke  to me  with mighty power  and instructed me not  to walk  in the way  of this people,  saying,
      “You are not  to say,  ‘It is a conspiracy!’
      In regard  to all  that the people call  a conspiracy,
      And  you are not  to fear  what they fear  or be in dread  of it.
      It is the LORD of hosts  whom you should regard  as holy,
      And He  shall be  your fear,
      And He  shall be  your dread.
      Then  He shall become  a sanctuary;
      But  to both the houses  of Israel,  a stone  to strike  and a rock  to stumble over,
      And a snare  and a trap  for the inhabitants  of Jerusalem.
      And many  will stumble  over them.
      Then they will fall  and be broken;
      They will even  be snared and caught.”

This is not only a lesson for the Israelites  and for us today,  but it is a prophecy  about Christ Jesus,  our Savior.     God instructed Isaiah  to not be afraid  of the things  the Israelites were afraid of.     Much rather,  Isaiah is instructed  to regard  the LORD  “as holy”.     “And He  shall be your fear.”      God,  in all His holiness  is in full control  of every situation,  so we need  to truly respect  His authority  and ways.     All the fearsome things  that happen  in this world  have no power  to destroy us eternally.     But,  God Almighty  does have the power  to condemn eternally  —  and save eternally.     So,  the most important thing we need  to do  is “fear” Him  and pay close attention  to all  of His word.

Amazingly  —  Then  He shall become a sanctuary.”     When we respect God enough  to always go  to Him  in prayer,  He keeps us safe.     That’s because we are trusting His love  and wisdom.     He is our  “sanctuary”  in Christ Jesus,  our Savior.

Our  “sanctuary”  —  our Savior  —  is also “a stone  to strike  and a rock  to stumble over”  to all those who refuse   to totally trust  in Him.     Instead of believing  in Jesus’ saving love,  they mock Him  and think of Him  as an imposter.     Jesus’ sacrifice  on the cross  just doesn’t look powerful enough  to save anyone  —  because they are looking  for a worldly “saving”  —  instead of an eternal life saving.     In their worldly,  wrong thinking,  “They will even be snared  and caught”.     Their lack  of faith,  trust,  and understanding  of God’s wisdom  traps them.

Trusting  our LORD,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Thank You  for assuring us  we don’t have to be afraid,  because You are  in control.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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