Our text will come from Exodus 20:20. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
The term “fear not” appears more than 350 times in the Holy Bible. The first mention is in Genesis 15 where the Lord tells Abram not to fear him because He was there to bless him and protect him. From there the term shows up over and over again. The last mention is in Revelation 1 where John the apostle after seeing the Lord in Heaven falls to the ground as “dead.” The Lord tells him not to fear. I guess if anyone saw the Lord Jesus Christ in his glory as John did they would do the same nevertheless I’m sure it will be comforting words to hear when we all get up to Heaven.
I used the illustration of Daniel in the Lion’s Den. If anyone had a right to be fearsome it was Daniel, nevertheless he was not.
Over and over the Lord tells his people not to be afraid because he is their helper and redeemer and yet we have a hard time with believing those words. It’s like we just don’t have the faith to accept the Lord’s plea to fear not.
One of the strangest verses that have this phrase in it is Exodus 20:20, our text. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
Right after the giving of the 10 commandments from the mountain top which all the people heard then the Lord says in other words to “don’t be scared for I want you to be scared.” It’s almost a paradox. The idea is that if you are doing right you don’t have anything to fear, but I want you to know that if you are not doing right you have to answer to me and that will be fearsome.
In Hebrews 10:31 the Lord says that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
In 2nd Corinthians 5:10 Paul tells of the Judgment Seat of Christ of which all Christians will face and then he says in the next verse “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord” etc.
It’s like the Lord is telling us to do right and you won’t have anything to be afraid of but if you don’t do right you have a lot to be afraid of.
Remember, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Proverbs 9:10)
May the Lord bless you with his words, “Fear Not.”