“Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.”
“For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us.”
The Lord sets the rules and is our judge. It’s better to live in reverential awe of God with little than live in the world without Him.
What are we being taught here? Really, it’s the same drum beat that runs through the whole bible: lean into God to the find joy, peace, love that we’re so desperately seeking.
What kind of God are we to fear? This isn’t horror fear, this is the reverential awe reserved for the very few, but on a whole different level. Let’s remember who were dealing with here.
“13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 14 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.”
That whole process needs to be given more than lip service. His heart went out to her. We have a God of love who doesn’t want to see us hurt. He told the boy to get up, and death departed. The kid was dead, now he’s not. That must have inspired a whole bunch reverential awe, fear, to those who were there. Why doesn’t it do that today?
This is the God we’re dealing with. The one who takes death away, the one who gave up all the comforts of the universe to come down and get beaten to near death, spit on and then tortured to death to save the very people who were mocking and killing him.
This God is our king, the maker of all the laws, our judge. I have a hard time getting my mutton head around it all.
He will save us. That is true. Just like the son, He will save us. He will judge us fairly and those who have seen Him for who He is and truly believe, truly sell out to Him, truly live in reverential awe, wonder and amazement of Him, they will be saved. Those who are part of the mocking, spitting crowd, well, just understand who you’re mocking and spitting on.
The bearers of the boys body must have been thinking “Who is this guy?”. Tactless jerk, insensitive fool, ignorant commoner. They sure didn’t leave that way, did they?
Christ is anything but those things. He has shown that he is a fair judge, one that can’t help but love us even when we’re unloveable.
Who is this guy to you?