Today’s reading: Gen 12:1–13:18, Matt 10:1–42, Eccles 3:1–8
Today’s theme: Fear God, not man
The theme from today’s reading is teaching us that we should not be governed by our fear of other men and the things we imagine they might say or do. Instead we should both fear and put our trust in God alone. We are called to boldly stand up for God in faith and treasure Him in our hearts above life itself.
Do not let your thoughts be governed by fear
and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me, but they will let you live. Say you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared for your sake.” Genesis 12:12–13 (ESV)
This was all in Abram’s mind, he was fearful and thought the worst instead of trusting God in faith. We can learn from this that we should not try to figure everything out in our own minds in fear but should instead trust God in faith.
Called to persevere
and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. Matthew 10:22–23 (ESV)
We are called to endure and persevere, God grants us the grace and strength we need to do this.
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28 (ESV)
We should not fear man, instead we should fear God!
Stand up for God
So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 10:32–33 (ESV)
If God is taking care of the birds we know He will take care of us. We should stand up for Him and not fear man or be ashamed.
Treasure Jesus above all
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Matthew 10:37–38 (ESV)
Jesus demands our allegiance and to have priority in our lives and affections. We need to examine our hearts and be sure we treasure Him more than anything or anyone else.
Timing is important
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ESV)
Lord help us to do the right thing at the right time.
Most of the above post is a copy of the original notes from the same date in 2014
Look at the Book is a great interactive look at a Bible passage – Have No Fear of Them