Jeremiah 5:22 “Fear ye not Me? Saith the Lord: will ye not tremble at My presence,
which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it:
and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?”
For several days, as I am looking for other verses….I keep turning past this one..
My husband and I have never preached on it….
….and it seems odd to have it “stick out”….
…….for Jeremiah is full of this type of conversation between the Lord and his faithful prophet, about Jerusalem and Judah.
Jeremiah, God’s prophet, is seen many times….shaking his head in disbelief….at the stubbornness of Judah and Jerusalem to hear the truth……to turn again to the Lord….to mend their ways.
How many times in this book does Jeremiah prophesy against his own people because of their failure to honor the Lord God,…..Who had chosen, called, lead and blessed them so many times?
Jeremiah 5:1 “Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgement (does honest dealing), that seeketh the truth (who wants to know what is really My Word); and I will pardon it (Jerusalem).”
The very place of the temple….and it’s sacrifices….is also the very place where the fear of the Lord was refused.
Jeremiah 5:23-24 “But this people hath a revolting and rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.
Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God, that giveth rain,…”
For that reason, they were always running after some other gods to fear, instead of the Lord God.
Jeremiah 5:3 “O Lord, are not Thine eyes upon the truth?
Thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved;
Thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction:
they have made their faces harder than a rock;
they have refused to return.”
Just what is….”the fear of the Lord”?
We can probably all think of the verse:
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom….” (Proverbs 1:7)
We know this means to reverence Him….it is not “I am afraid”…..but rather a concern for anything in my life that will dishonor our God, because of His great love to us….and our love to Him.
In other words, the fear of the Lord comes from worship and love.
And why does He want us to fear Him?
Because when we fear the Lord, we do not fear others…
Reverence and awe of God, puts us into our rightful position before Him…..and before others.
We are not afraid of speaking the truth, for we fear God….not man.
Proverbs 14:26-27 “In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and His children shall have a place of refuge.
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.”
Psalm 31:19-20 “Oh how great is Thy goodness, which Thou hast laid up for them that fear Thee; which Thou hast wrought for them that trust in Thee before the sons of men!
Thou shalt hide them in secret of Thy presence from the pride of man: Thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.”
Because those that fear Him are ever before His eyes….He has promised to….
Psalm 34:7-9 “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them.
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.
O fear the Lord, ye His saints: for there is no want to them that fear Him.”
Because in the end…..all knowledge,…
…..all our searching for place and honor,……and every delight we can have in this world……
……in the end….it will only matter if we feared the Lord.
Everything else will fade, wrinkle, and be blown away.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
(This was from one of the richest men on earth….Solomon.)
To fear the Lord is to obey Him with diligence……desiring nothing that will injure HIs honor………it is to bring all that is our life,……and place it in His capable hands and leave it there….
…for there our treasure is….with Him.
…for He is the Lord of all.
Jeremiah 5:22 “Fear ye not Me? Saith the Lord; will ye not tremble at My presence….”
Jeremiah 7:28 “But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the Lord their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.”
Isaiah 57:11 “And of whom hast thou be afraid of or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not remembered Me, nor laid it to thy heart? Have not I held My peace even of old, and thou fearest Me not?”
(I must admit to being afraid these last few months….not of corona virus….
….and not of the political scene (altho sometimes it makes me sad)….
….but of the terrible lack of……the desire to see and hear the truth in our country.
No, I am not talking of my “truth”…..or the “truth” someone else speaks…..but the real Truth…..which is God, and His Word.
In all the chaos of life…..what or Who do we look to? Who or what do we believe? Who or what do we trust in?)
God is truth. How much have we been seeking Him?
John 1:17 “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
Nothing places the Truth squarely in front of us more than the fear of the Lord.
He is the truth.
He does not change…..His faithfulness is eternal….His Word is everlasting….His Power is untouchable.
Jeremiah 5:22 “Fear ye Me not? Saith the Lord: will ye not tremble at My presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?”
In scripture, the sea is often a picture of the chaos of humanity….both in a good sense and bad: (Isaiah 57:20-21, Isaiah 60:5)….
….seemingly placid on top……it can be in turmoil underneath.
Warm at the surface, when warmed by the sun…..it is freezing cold, beneath.
Yet the sea is at the bidding of God….always.
Storm, wind, tide, and tidal wave…..all obey the fiat of the Master’s Voice and Will.
A patch of sand keeps the waves, except when He bids it pass over it….and then it returns submissively, into it’s place, afterward.
Again, the fear of the Lord is our reverence of Him….it is not “I am afraid”…..but rather a concern for anything in my life that will dishonor our God, because of His great love to us….and our love to Him.
And when we fear Him…..He places peace within, which is like the cleft of the Rock…..the storm may roar around, but we are safe in Him….in His Truth, and grace.