The Fear of the Lord – Evangelism and Sanctification
The Fear of the Lord was fundamental to God’s unique relationship with Israel. The people were expected to respond to Him with awe and reverence and yet the #1 commandment was to love Him. Although the New Testament was written primarily to Gentiles, the Fear of the Lord was still considered vital by the Jewish writers.
The Greek word for fear, φόβος [fo’-bos] has a different sense (connotation) than it does in Hebrew. The Hebrew is more positive meaning awe and respect. The Greek, which is translated as, “fear, dread, and terror.”
The fear of the Lord and the love of God motivated Paul to share the Gospel to all men.
2 Corinthians 5:9-11
[Therefore] we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.
Through the proclamation of the Word of God, the lives of the new followers of Yeshua were changed.
Acts 9: 31
Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.
PRAY THE FEAR OF THE LORD WILL MOTIVATE MORE PEOPLE TO SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH THE JEWISH PEOPLE.