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Deuteronomy 4:10-14 ~ Forgetting to Fear the Lord (Part 2)

on November 8, 2014

One night when we were having tacos for dinner, I looked at the extra chips and cheese and blurted out suddenly to my son, “Have you ever had nachos?”  Good things are meant to be passed down to the next generation!  This past weekend, my husband and I introduced our boys to some classic comedy movies.  We’ve also acquainted them with music from our generation.  If we so easily perpetuate munchies, movies, and music–how much more should we be passing down the records of God’s power and faithfulness that teach our children to fear the Lord?

The LORD said to me, “Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so.” Deuteronomy 4:10

Let’s focus on in on God’s words:

Gather the people:  God wants everyone to draw near to His presence.  Learning from God requires group participation.  We come together into His presence to hear His Words.

to me:  Personal God, One Teacher, Unified People

that I may LET them hear my words:  What a privilege and honor!

So that they may learn to fear me:  The fear of the Lord is taught by Him.  Learning to fear the Lord requires a humble, submissive, and teachable heart.

All the days that they live on the earth:  God wants us to acknowledge His authority, stand in reverent awe of Him, and live with a profound respect for His character and ways EVERY DAY!

and that they may teach their children so:  We learn so that we can teach.  If we have children–natural or spiritual–one of our purposes in life is to teach them to fear the Lord.  The fear of the Lord is learned by personal experiences with Him; by testimonies of others that speak to His faithfulness, discipline, goodness and love; and by hearing the Word of God!

How did the people respond to God’s request?  They came near (vs. 11) and the Lord spoke (vs. 12)!  If we want to teach others to fear the Lord, we must: draw near Him, hear Him, and fear Him ourselves!

When we water God down, make Him into our image, and put Him on our terms and timetables; we won’t see Him as worthy of being reverenced.  I heard Dick Roberts say something to the effect of: “The problem we have today is that most of us think God is only a half-inch bigger than we are,” and I add, “if we think of Him at all.”  A. W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

How have you drawn near to God today?  Have you heard His Word today?  Are you remembering to fear Him?  How can you teach others to fear Him?

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One response to “Deuteronomy 4:10-14 ~ Forgetting to Fear the Lord (Part 2)

  1. GodGirl says:

    A challenging post. I agree with that Tozer quote. Think we need a little more “awe” when it comes to our relationship with God.

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