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  • Fear Of God

    1. 1. Fear of The Lord Stephanus Elia
    2. 2. Psalms 25: 14 <ul><li>“ 14 The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship ] of the Lord have they who fear Him , and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning.” (AMP) </li></ul>
    3. 3. Fear Of The Lord <ul><li>“ The fear of the Lord is the beginning of intimacy with God” </li></ul>
    4. 4. Exodus 19: 1-25; 20: 18-21 <ul><li>1 In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt—on the very day—they came to the Desert of Sinai. 2 After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain.3 Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, &quot;This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: 4 'You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Exodus 19: 1-25; 20: 18-21 <ul><li>5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.&quot;7 So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the LORD had commanded him to speak. 8 The people all responded together, &quot;We will do everything the LORD has said .&quot; So Moses brought their answer back to the LORD. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Exodus 19: 1-25; 20: 18-21 <ul><li>The LORD said to Moses, &quot;I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will always put their trust in you.&quot; Then Moses told the LORD what the people had said.10 And the LORD said to Moses, &quot;Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow . Have them wash their clothes 11 and be ready by the third day , because on that day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, 'Be careful that you do not go up the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Exodus 19: 1-25; 20: 18-21 <ul><li>13 He shall surely be stoned or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on him. Whether man or animal, he shall not be permitted to live.' Only when the ram's horn sounds a long blast may they go up to the mountain .” 14 After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes. 15 Then he said to the people, &quot;Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain from sexual relations.&quot;16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled . </li></ul>
    8. 8. Exodus 19: 1-25; 20: 18-21 <ul><li>17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain trembled violently, 19 and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Exodus 19: 1-25; 20: 18-21 <ul><li>20 The LORD descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up 21 and the LORD said to him, &quot;Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see the LORD and many of them perish. 22 Even the priests, who approach the LORD, must consecrate themselves, or the LORD will break out against them.&quot; </li></ul>
    10. 10. Exodus 19: 1-25; 20: 18-21 <ul><li>23 Moses said to the LORD, &quot;The people cannot come up Mount Sinai, because you yourself warned us, 'Put limits around the mountain and set it apart as holy.' ” 24 The LORD replied, &quot;Go down and bring Aaron up with you. But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the LORD , or he will break out against them.” 25 So Moses went down to the people and told them. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Exodus 19: 1-25; 20: 18-21 <ul><li>Exodus 20:18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, &quot;Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” 20 Moses said to the people, &quot;Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” 21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Fear Of The Lord <ul><li>Israel under Egyptian bondage & slavery. </li></ul><ul><li>God used Moses to bring Israel out of Egypt </li></ul><ul><li>Israel out of Egypt = Us being born again </li></ul><ul><li>Moses = Christ </li></ul><ul><li>What was Moses’ & the Israelites destination? </li></ul><ul><li>It was NOT the Promised Land. </li></ul><ul><li>Exodus 5:1 “Let my people go, that they might worship me in the wilderness.” </li></ul><ul><li>Israel’s route was: </li></ul><ul><li>Egypt -> The Red Sea -> Desert of Sinai -> The Promised Land </li></ul><ul><li>Why not going straight to the Promised land? </li></ul><ul><li>Promised Land => Place of idolatry </li></ul>
    13. 13. Comparisons of Attitude <ul><li>Israel in Egypt </li></ul><ul><li>Abused & suffered </li></ul><ul><li>Lived in worst house </li></ul><ul><li>Ate worst food </li></ul><ul><li>Wore worst clothes </li></ul><ul><li>Worked to build inheritance for others </li></ul><ul><li>Constantly wanting to go back </li></ul><ul><li>Moses in Egypt </li></ul><ul><li>Raised by Pharaoh as his grandson </li></ul><ul><li>Lived in beautiful palace </li></ul><ul><li>Ate best food </li></ul><ul><li>Wore best clothes </li></ul><ul><li>Had all a man could want </li></ul><ul><li>Never wanting to go back to Egypt </li></ul>
    14. 14. The Road to The Promised Land <ul><li>Moses encounter with God at Sinai at the burning bush. </li></ul><ul><li>Israel had their chance to have encounter with God but didn’t want it. </li></ul><ul><li>Egypt: Place of Slavery and Bondage </li></ul><ul><li>Prosperity but full of fleshly desires and culture self-indulgence </li></ul><ul><li>The Red Sea: Place of Deliverance </li></ul><ul><li>Sea consists of water & salt. One of the most saline (salt level). </li></ul><ul><li>Water represents the cleansing from sins. </li></ul><ul><li>Salt represents: </li></ul><ul><li>Medicine: to heal us from illness </li></ul><ul><li>Currency/value (Latin: Salarium => salary): to restore our value </li></ul><ul><li>Thirst: to create thirst for God </li></ul><ul><li>Flavor in food: to bring great flavor in the life of others </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation: to preserve the life of others from hell </li></ul>
    15. 15. The Road to The Promised Land <ul><li>The Desert of Sinai: Place of Affliction </li></ul><ul><li>Dry, Extreme heat & coldness, hostile, isolated, lack of food & water, little chance of human survival. </li></ul><ul><li>The Promised Land: Place of Abundant </li></ul><ul><li>Land full of milk & honey, full of God’s abundant. </li></ul><ul><li>John 10:10 Jesus come to give abundant life. </li></ul>
    16. 16. The Desert of Sinai: Place of Affliction <ul><li>Dry, Extreme heat & coldness, hostile, isolated, lack of food & water, little chance of human survival but yet God’s provision, protection, & presence was enough. Not abundant but sufficient . </li></ul><ul><li>For 40 years: manna & pigeons, oasis/water, tiang awan & tiang api, protection) </li></ul><ul><li>The Desert is the place of affliction for our flesh but attraction to God. </li></ul><ul><li>Where Moses had his 1st encounter with God. </li></ul><ul><li>God wanted Israel to have intimacy with Him. </li></ul><ul><li>God wants to have intimacy with us. The reason why we’re created. (Adam had intimacy with God before the Fall) </li></ul>
    17. 17. The Desert of Sinai: Place of Affliction <ul><li>Psalms 25: 12-14 </li></ul><ul><li>12 Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD ? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him . 13 He will spend his days in prosperity , and his descendants will inherit the land . </li></ul><ul><li>14 The LORD confides in those who fear him ; he makes his covenant known to them. </li></ul>
    18. 18. The Desert of Sinai: Place of Attraction to God <ul><li>The fear of the Lord is the beginning of intimacy with God. </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of the Lord is not being scared of God. </li></ul><ul><li>Exodus 20:20 Fear not; for God has come to prove you, so that the [reverential] fear of Him may be before you, that you may not sin. </li></ul><ul><li>Being scared because of hiding something like Adam </li></ul><ul><li>A person who fears God has nothing to hide. He’s afraid of being away from God (like Moses) </li></ul><ul><li>Jim Baker’s story </li></ul><ul><li>Many Christians are madly in love with God, but don’t have fear of God </li></ul>
    19. 19. The Desert of Sinai: Place of Attraction to God <ul><li>The fear of the Lord is acquired through spending quality time in God’s presence </li></ul><ul><li>(Exodus 20:20) </li></ul><ul><li>By spending quality time in God’s presence we learn to: </li></ul><ul><li>Wait upon God </li></ul><ul><li>Let God deal with our sins </li></ul><ul><li>Hear from God </li></ul>
    20. 20. Wait Upon The Lord <ul><li>Spending quality time in God’s presence requires waiting. </li></ul><ul><li>Exodus 19:10 And the LORD said to Moses, &quot;Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes 11 and be ready by the third day, because on that day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. </li></ul><ul><li>Exodus 19:24 …But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the LORD </li></ul>
    21. 21. Wait Upon The Lord <ul><li>Spending quality time in God’s presence requires sacrifice, price to pay, & preparations. </li></ul><ul><li>Exodus 19:14 After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes. 15 Then he said to the people, &quot;Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain from sexual relations. </li></ul>
    22. 22. Let God Deal With Our Sins <ul><li>Exodus 20:18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, &quot;Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” </li></ul><ul><li>The Israel experienced most powerful miracles (Red sea parting, manna, pillar of cloud & fire, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>They loved the atmosphere of miracles but couldn’t handle His glory because everything got exposed. </li></ul><ul><li>Atmosphere of miracles = sins undetected </li></ul><ul><li>Presence of His glory = everything got exposed </li></ul>
    23. 23. Let God Deal With Our Sins <ul><li>“ There’s nothing hidden that shall not be revealed. There is nothing secret that shall not be brought to the Light.” Luke 12:2 </li></ul><ul><li>Israel was out of Egypt, but Egypt was not out of Israel. </li></ul><ul><li>Many Christians was out of the world, but the world was not out of them. </li></ul><ul><li>They still love the world. </li></ul><ul><li>God’s glory came down & exposed our sins </li></ul>
    24. 24. Hear From God <ul><li>Exodus 20:19 and said to Moses, &quot;Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” </li></ul><ul><li>God wants to speak to us directly, individually. </li></ul><ul><li>When God speaks is our fleshly desires will die. Painful! </li></ul><ul><li>Ibrani 4:12 Sebab firman Allah hidup dan kuat dan lebih tajam dari pada pedang bermata dua manapun; ia menusuk amat dalam sampai memisahkan jiwa dan roh, sendi-sendi dan sumsum; ia sanggup membedakan pertimbangan dan pikiran hati kita. </li></ul>
    25. 25. Fear of The Lord <ul><li>God wants us to have intimacy with Him </li></ul><ul><li>The fear of the Lord is the beginning of intimacy with God. </li></ul><ul><li>Before entering the Promised Land (The Place of Abundant), God wants to prepare us in the Desert (The Place of Affliction to our flesh, The Place of Attraction to God). </li></ul><ul><li>The desert is the pleace where God wants us to learn to that God is sufficient for us. </li></ul><ul><li>Once we learn to be contend with God, He’ll take us to the Place of Abundant because He know that His blessings will not hinder us from having intimacy with Him. </li></ul>

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