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What does it mean to fear the Lord?
To fear the Lord is akin to how a child would fear their parents. If you were say six or seven years old, (whatever the age, depending on what kind of kid you were) there were things that you would or wouldn’t do because of your parents. If you were fortunate enough to have parents to look up to, there were probably things that you would do so they’d be happy with you, and things you’d avoid doing to keep them happy with you. But also, I’ll bet that there were things that you would or wouldn’t do because you didn’t want to face the consequences for whatever it was.
God is the Father to those of us who have believed in his Son whom he sent. He is a Father that never goes away, even though we don’t always feel his presence. Parenting is a big deal in the eyes of God. He created the family with the intentions of it reflecting, or as an example of what he would like for our relationship with him to be.This is made clear in his commandments when it comes to children:
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
The book of Proverbs is all about the benefit of fearing the Lord. In many ways, to fear the Lord is synonymous with terms like obey, honor, listen to, etc..All of which are akin to the attitude a child should be with their parents. If you really want a letter from God the Father to us his kids, check out the book of Proverbs.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
27 The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
26 In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
16 Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.
33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility.
6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.
23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
4 By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor, and life.
17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long.
2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; 3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
Now there is a side to the fear of the Lord where it means something more like what we’d expect the word to mean, that his enemies will most certainly experience when the time comes.
Deuteronomy 23:2 says no bastard child will enter into the congregation of the Lord. Does that mean descendants of Pharez won’t be in the congregation of the Lord?
That’s actually quite a fascinating thing that you’ve put together there. I believe that the Lord had included that commandment in the law for lots of reasons. Chief of which was to promote keeping the family unit as he had intended it to be. Also don’t forget that this is the law that God was giving to the Jews, he wasn’t giving them to everyone. As the apostle Paul points out concerning the Laws of Moses, they were introduced to show how sinful man is in the eyes of God, and that it was impossible for any man to live a sinless life. That’s why it took the Son of God himself to come and completely fulfill that law.
5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. 6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. 7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Let me get back to the particular piece of scripture you referred to, then I’ll tell you why I found it to be a fascinating thing.
2 A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the Lord.
You’ll find that when the Lord gave punishment for particular things, he would often continue generations out. This verse is not something that is meant to punish the illegitimate child, but the parents that caused for the child to be illegitimate in the first place. Keeping that in mind, if you count ten generations from Judah, Pharez being the first generation, you wind up with King Solomon. And what was one of the things that he was most famous for? Constructing the temple of the Lord. King David wanted to but couldn’t. There’s no evidence that God shuns Pharez at all in the scripture though, actually the opposite happens. Just look down the family line at some of the names in there. Perhaps (as much of the scripture has many layers to be discovered) this was an indicator of things to come. The entire Bible points to Christ Jesus in some way shape or form. God’s hand was active in all things going on, and I’m sure that he had redemption of man on his mind throughout history, right up until the crucifixion.
What’s the difference between the congregation and the Kingdom?
For all intents and purposes, a congregation is a gathering of the people. It doesn’t have any spiritual implications to it as far as I can see for those times. Just physical.
Now the spiritual significance that we can now attribute to this verse, as far as the Kingdom of Heaven goes, is huge! Spiritually, to be a bastard is simply to be without God the Father. All of us have been there, and in God’s mercy, he gave us a way to be accepted into his Family through Christ Jesus his Son:
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
For those of us who have been born again into his Kingdom, we are not Fatherless, because in Christ, God is our Heavenly Father. Those who have not Christ, have not God, and will go with their father the devil to be with him. And that’s not the place that God wills for any of us to be. That’s why he made it so easy for us in Christ to be with him. Jesus did all the heavy lifting, God made the sacrifice himself.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
I believe that there are people, like magicians and sorcerers that work with demons and get them to possess individuals. What do you think about this?
As far as people involved in any form of witchcraft, black or white magic, it doesn’t make any difference, they are either knowingly messing around with demons, or they’ve got the wool pulled over their eyes, and are worshiping demons in disguise. And when they do any spell of any kind, yielding anything good or bad, that’s demons put to work.
An on site reference would be The Familiar Spirit. I get into that a little bit there. But if you want to take a deeper plunge into the topic, I’d suggest you check out Kingdom of Darkness in a Fallen World. The link is to the page here on the website that will give you some details about the book, and what to expect from it.
God is very clear about his view concerning this issue.
2 Chronicles 33:
6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whore-mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Are you familiar with Eastern Orthodox Christianity? I think they have an interesting Trinitarian interpretation of the Trinity. I think this split in interpretation led to the schism between Orthodox and Catholics. Could you just give a brief overview of the schism and why it happened?
I am not too familiar with Eastern Orthodox, or too familiar Western. However, I do believe (I may be wrong with this) that way back they it was just one Orthodox Church that split from the Catholic Church. Then down the line east split with west. Either way, if you hold them all up side by side, I can’t really tell one from the other.
The word Orthodox means true, right, or correct. I don’t know of any denomination that would consider themselves otherwise to be honest. As far as their views concerning the trinity, I would really have to go exploring for the lowdown on that. I actually have no clue how each differ in how they see it.
Personally though, I believe what the Word says about it. That they are three yet they’re one. They although being one, are three different aspects of the same God. I did a page on this quite awhile ago called Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and YOU. Each work differently but in accordance with one another. Each havee different attributes, but at the same time are still one.
We are made in his image. That word image I believe is to point out the tri-fold makeup. I guess that sounds weird but I’m struggling to put words to my thoughts here. I guess a better way to say it, that our image would be a spirit, clothed in a soul, and housed in a body. 1, 2, 3. Reflecting God’s image. As far as the Word of God goes, we are the only other beings in all of creation that were made in that particular image of God. I hope that makes sense.
My apologies though, I know that really doesn’t answer your particular question about the different look about the trinity between those particular denominations.
How do you define Heaven and Hell?
However, heaven and hell are much easier to answer. Heaven is a place where God himself resides and through the shed blood of his Son Jesus, we have access to it by accepting him and believing on him. Please see Revelation of Salvation for how that works.
Hell at one time before Christ was a place which was divided into two sections, often referred to as Sheol. One side was called paradise or “Abraham’s Bosom” and the other was a place of torment. When Jesus died on the cross, he actually went into Sheol into paradise, and took those from paradise and relocated them up into heaven. After that, anyone who has died after having been born again goes straight to heaven, those who have lived their lives out having rejected God’s own personal sacrifice in his only begotten Son Jesus, goes straight to hell, and all that’s left in there is the now expanded punishment and torment side of Sheol. It’s all hell now.
All said, don’t get confused as some often do between hell and the lake of fire, which is yet to be inhabited by people. That comes after the final judgement. In the Bible it is referred to as the second death.
I hope this clears all of that up for you! God bless you and thank you for the Question!