Devotional Thought for Today – 09/13/21

Do We Really Fear God (2 Kings 17:33) - YouTube

They feared the Lord, and served their own gods… 2 Kings 17:33

CONTEXT: Here in 2 Kings 17 the evil reign of Kings in Israel continues. Here we have the Northern Kingdom (Israel) being taken into exile and the consequences thereof. It is also a display of God’s sovereign Grace and Mercy. Matthew Henry breaks it down as: Reign of Hoshea in Israel, The Israelites carried captives by the Assyrians. (1-6) Captivity of the Israelites. (7-23) The nations placed in the land of Israel. (24-41)

Our main text for today is an oxymoron. One would think it impossible to fear the Lord and at the same time serve their own gods? Yet that is exactly what the Israelites were doing. They claimed (falsely v.34) to fear the Lord, but hold fast to the pagan customs of their captors.

Today we have much the same problem going on in the “church” across America and much of Western Civilization. People claim to “fear God” here I am using that to mean be a “Christian” yet they have real issues with the Bible and Church.

A 2020 Barna Research poll showed that the vast majority of churchgoers expect some kind of “experience” every time they attend:

https://www.barna.com/research/current-perceptions/

Do you see the problem? I hope you can, they have made church-going about them serving their own gods (themselves) and not about the fear of the Lord, the Worship of the true and living God.

If you are in a church that emphasizes your “experience” RUN! Beat feet to another solid bible preaching church. If you only attend church to get that feel-good “experience” PRAY! Get on your knees, in your prayer closet, whatever it takes to get right with God, less you be as chaff and cast into the fire

Fear of Thee

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Mi carne se ha estremecido por temor de ti,
Y de tus juicios tengo miedo. (RVR 1960)

Treasury of David by C.H. Spurgeon

My flesh trembleth for fear of thee. Such was his awe in the presence of the Judge of all the earth, whose judgment he had just now been considering, that he did exceedingly fear and quake. Even the grosser part of his being, — his flesh, felt a solemn dread at the thought of offending one so good and great, who would so effectually sever the wicked from among the just. Alas, poor flesh, this is the highest thing to which thou canst attain!

And I am afraid of thy judgments. God’s words of judgment are solemn, and his deeds of judgment are terrible; they may well make us afraid. At the thought of the Judge of all, — his piercing eye, his books of record, his day of assize, and the operations of his justice, — we may well cry for cleansed thoughts, and hearts, and ways, lest his judgments should light on us. When we see the great Refiner separating the precious from the vile, we may well feel a godly fear, lest we should be put away by him, and left to be trodden under his feet.

Love in the previous verse is quite consistent with fear in this verse: the fear which hath torment is cast out, but not the filial fear which leads to reverence and obedience.

SUNDAY”S SERMON

A Holy Fear of God and His Judgments
by John Cotton (1693-1757) Preached November 3, 1727