Why we should fear the Lord...Always...!

added: 03/13/09 7:55pm edit this journal In this evening hour we decided to make a random bible study and see what we can meditate on for the evening and pray to God about it. We turn to 2Kings 17:28-41, those who have been with us know that we always like to turn to God's word for enlightenment and for solace and direction. Psalm 23:3. Yes we need solace from our fears and need direction to face our problems, our giants. We turn to 2Kings 17:28-41, it says, ["...28So one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and lived in Bethel and taught them how they should fear the LORD. 29But every nation still made gods of its own and put them in the shrines of the high places that the Samaritans had made, every nation in the cities in which they lived. 30The men of Babylon made Succoth-benoth, the men of Cuth made Nergal, the men of Hamath made Ashima, 31and the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak; and the Sepharvites burned their children in the fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim. 32 They also feared the LORD and appointed from among themselves all sorts of people as priests of the high places, who sacrificed for them in the shrines of the high places. 33So they feared the LORD but also served their own gods, after the manner of the nations from among whom they had been carried away. 34To this day they do according to the former manner. They do not fear the LORD, and they do not follow the statutes or the rules or the law or the commandment that the LORD commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel. 35The LORD made a covenant with them and commanded them, "You shall not fear other gods or bow yourselves to them or serve them or sacrifice to them, 36but you shall fear the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt with great power and with an outstretched arm. You shall bow yourselves to him, and to him you shall sacrifice. 37And the statutes and the rules and the law and the commandment that he wrote for you, you shall always be careful to do. You shall not fear other gods, 38and you shall not forget the covenant that I have made with you. You shall not fear other gods, 39but you shall fear the LORD your God, and he will deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies." 40However, they would not listen, but they did according to their former manner. 41 So these nations feared the LORD and also served their carved images. Their children did likewise, and their children's children-as their fathers did, so they do to this day...] So can we have things both ways, fear the Lord and worship other gods at the same place and time and with the same heart? Where is our heart tonite? Is our heart truly with God? Is that TV show to much to turn down? Is your ipod irresistible and can't do without it. These perhaps are trivial hobbies that occupy our time and devotion. But is our faith trial proof? Will we be able to stand if a big problem should come about? Do we need a trial to find out? Those in our reading. Those in Samaria, "...feared the Lord and also served their carved images and what is worst they left a legacy to their children who did likewise and their children's children as the father's did. If your children stumble because of you we have a problem. God will not be pleased for any to offer his children to Molech. So it is not just about you, but the example you are leaving behind. God warns about this below in Matthew 18:4-10, it says, [...4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, 6but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. 7"Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! 8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire...] And we have verse 10 to not forget, ["...10"See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven...] You don't want to have an angel of the Lord visit you at night with bad tidings. You really need to...I need to heed God's message. May he help me heed. Amen. thbg

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