March 2017

030317 – Luke 12:1-12 (Fear)

Luke 12:5-7

But I will warn you who to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

It’s in moments like these that I get incredibly frustrated at the English language, and it’s inability to carry over the nuance and subtlety of the original Greek/Hebrew texts. But thanks be to God, who provides us all we need, and by witness of the Holy Spirit teaches and instructs us.

The Greek noun phobos can mean “reverential fear” of God, “not a mere ‘fear’ of His power and righteous retribution, but a wholesome dread of displeasing Him” (Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, 1985, “Fear, Fearful, Fearfulness”)

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