Fear

Fear

Mathew 10:22-31

22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.

25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?

26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

The greek for fear in this scripture is phobeō, not to be confused with deilia ( timidity, fearfulness, cowardice ) of 2 Timothy 1:7.

phobeō

Thayer Definition:

  1. to put to flight by terrifying (to scare away).
  2. to put to flight.
  3. to flee to fear.
  4. to reverence, venerate, to treat with deference or reverential obedience.

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In this scripture, Jesus commands to fear not three times;

V 26 - Don't fear false accusations, the truth will always come out.

V 28 - Don't fear death by the hand of man but rather fear God.

V 31 - We are very valuable to God.

We shall focus on V 28, Jesus is telling us that we shouldn't fear death by the hands of man because he cannot destroy the soul but we should be afraid of God who can destroy both body and soul in the second death in hell ( the wages of sin is death, Romans 6:23 ).

As long as you haven't sinned and are at peace with God, there is no need to fear anything, anyone, situation, problem, enemy or devil.

There is a very good reason to fear God, He hates sin, He is sovereign, He is a consuming fire, a fire either purifies or destroys. Since He is the creator and master of man, He can do what He wants with us.

Genesis 3:14-13 - God cursed Adam, Eve and the serpent for sin. GOD, not the devil.

Genesis 6:7 - God wiped out His own creation because of sin.

Genesis 19 - God destroyed Sodom because of sin.

Exodus - God delivered His people, released 7 plagues upon Egypt and drowned Pharaoh and his army in the red sea.

Numbers 14:29 - Israelites murmured against God and a whole generation was destroyed. They never saw the promised land.

Numbers 21:6 - God released fiery serpernts among the Israelites.

Judges - God continually delivered Israel to and from their captivity due to sin and repentance respectively.

1 Samuel 15:26 - God rejected Saul for his disobedience.

Etc, some might say that this is the Old testament. But Jesus didn't cone to destroy the law.

Hebrews 13:8, Malachi 3:6 - God never changes.

Mathew 24:37 - Destruction is coming upon this world when Jesus returns.

James 2:19 - Even demons are terrified of God.

Revelation 22:15, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19-21 - Sinners will not inherit the kingdom of God even if they proffesed Jesus as Lord and Saviour, there is no such thing as eternal grace/salvation because its only the devil who justifies sin.

Mathew 7:23 - False and disobedient Christians will be rejected by Jesus.

Revelations 20:10, 21:8 - Sinners and the devil with his demons will burn in the lake of fire.

Matthew 25:31-46 - Jesus will judge this world.

God is love { John 3:16, 1 John 4:8 } but He cannot behold iniquity { Habakkuk 1:13 }, His nature is to destroy sin, we should take an example from the devil, he was much beloved in heaven but ultimately even he because of sin was thrown out of heaven, how much more you and I who are a little lower than the angels { Psalm 8:5, Hebrews 2:7 }, mere mortals ?

There is nothing to fear other than God.

Fear = to ( reverence, venerate, to treat with deference or reverential obedience ) GOD + to (put to flight by terrifying (to scare away)) in light of His judgement against sin.

Psalms 27:1 - A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear [ yârê - to fear, revere, be afraid ] ? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid [ pâchad - to fear, tremble, revere, dread, be in awe or dread ] ?