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You Got to Fear Something – Luke 12:4–7

March 1, 2020

““And I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after these things do not have anything more to do. But I will show you whom you should fear: fear the one who has authority, after the killing, to throw you into hell! 

Yes, I tell you, fear this one! 

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten in the sight of God. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered! Do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

We have nothing to fear but fear itself.  While a great political speech, it is completely untrue.

We all have something to fear. Actually, we have someone to fear. We are to fear the One who can throw us into hell!  Too many people punch out at this and lose the context of how to live with that fear.

Here is the good news, the One who can throw us in hell is also the One who values us more than many sparrows. (I’ve always wondered if this is an example of Biblical understatement. I hope so, otherwise it is not much of a compliment😁)

We all need to remember the order of the fear and fear not.  Just because we are valued by God doesn’t mean He has relinquished His authority to punish.  The fear of falling into the hands of an angry God underlies the gloriousness of the fear not.  

We cheapen the cross when we stop appreciating the fearfulness of God.  We steal the glory of grace.

A world that doesn’t fear the One who can throw them into hell is a world that has something to fear that is way more dangerous than fear itself.  The only way to escape the fearful One is to flee to the merciful One, who is the same One.

My meditation for the day will be the wrath of God.

https://ref.ly/Lk12.4-7 via the Logos Bible Android app.

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