Isaiah 8:13, “Sanctify the Lord of Host Himself: and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread”
Sanctify the Lord of Hosts of Hosts Himself: To sanctify is to set apart. How can someone set God apart? Is He not already set apart, doesn’t He set Himself apart? But here in this verse the context is focused on the criticism between Isaiah and his disciples. Why, because anytime one speaks the truth for the Lord, the critics will be quick to rise up. And many times it seems as if the critics are the majority against you and the other bold Christians who are speaking the truth about the reality of God. When I was in my public high school, I had a Bible club there that was kicked out on the grounds of “separation of church and state.” The critics were students, some teachers and the superintendent. Here’s where the decision lay, do I fear the superintendent, students, and teachers, or fight for the Lord fearing His call to evangelize my school which the majority are going to hell? I choose to fear the Lord, and fight. After 3 months it was back in school. Why?, because we will always serve what we fear. If you fear man, you will serve him; if you fear God you will serve Him; and the opposite is true also in not serving what you don’t fear. You ever wonder why only 2% of Christians reach the lost?, It’s because of FEAR. FEAR stands for: False Evidence Appearing Real.
Let Him be your fear: Everyone fears something; why not fear something worth fearing, namely the Lord of lords. He is the highest position of authority in every land and in every nation. Most don’t stand up for God because again they fear man. Who are you fearing more than God? We don’t live in the fear of the Lord sometimes, but always. “Let Him”…shows a submissive spirit, verses a prideful one. Fire could burn you, but God is a consuming fire; man can kill you, but the Lord is a warrior;, and a tidal wave can overtake you, but my God is a Tsunami (Japanese Major Tidal Wave) of unmatched power.
Let Him be your dread: The NT puts it this way: Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Mt. 10:28).
Though man may have power, the worst thing man can do can never match the worst thing God can do. God has the power to send the disobedient, unregenerate, unsaved to Hell. And although Satan too may be powerful, only God can destroy both body and soul in Hell. That is why “The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…”
Ask yourself (Reflect honestly)
1. Is there anyone: boss, spouse, brother/sister, co-worker, friend, authority figure, that I fear more than God?
2. Do I abide in the fear of the Lord daily and consistently in what I choose to watch, listen to, read, say, think about, and how I work. Do I share the Gospel with the lost so they won’t end up in hell like the (2%) or am I like the 98% of Christians who walk past the sinner like the Levite priest verses the Good Samaritan? Blessings Pastor Phil