02/14/19 – Matt 28:1-20; Psalm 34:11-22; Proverbs 9:9-10
As I read today there are two verses that use the same Hebrew word:
Psalm 34: 11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Proverbs: 10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
In both verses the Hebrew word used is yirah is used for “fear.” We see this word used throughout the Old Testament. And when we think of “fear” a negative emotion enters our mind. For fear means “terror,” “horror,” and even to be avoided. So how can this apply to these verses?
From the reference “Hebrew for Christians:” — But in Hebrew the word can also mean “awe” or “reverence.” In this latter sense, “yirah” includes the idea of wonder, amazement, mystery, astonishment, gratitude, admiration, and even worship (like the feeling you get when gazing from the edge of the Grand Canyon). The “fear of the LORD” therefore includes an overwhelming sense of the glory, worth, and beauty of the One True God.
awesome (1), extremely* (1), fear (35), fearing (1), reverence (5).