- “I’m pretty sure the preacher prays for me every night.”
- I guarantee that guy struggles with sin!
- How about that guy who lives under the bridge?
Jesse made seven of his sons pass in front of Samuel, before David was chosen to be king. After the first son came through, the Lord told Samuel (1 Samuel 16:7), “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Remember the Pharisee in Luke 7:38: a Pharisee misjudged a woman, but others may misjudge the Pharisee.
“God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” He knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you're awake...
All-Seeing Eye – a scary thing. We downplay the “fear” of God and say it means “reverence”, but are we kidding ourselves? Isn’t there a reason to fear the All-Seeing Eye of God? There is something to be said for a word study in the original language of the Bible. There can certainly be differences in the ways that these words have been translated. For example, one word (shachah) is the Hebrew word for reverence, while the word yare can mean a special kind of “reverence” – fear, fright, terror, or to stand in awe.
Proverbs 1:7: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction."
Here’s an example: In Exodus 3:6, God says, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
In Contrast, Romans 3:18: “There is no fear of God before [lost men’s] eyes.”
In the Bible, every time we see a believer get a glimpse of God, s/he is terrified: Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Samson’s father Manoah, Job. Let us, therefore, be fearful of disobeying God, fearful of disobeying His word! There is certainly nothing wrong with putting God in His rightful place.
Matthew 10:28: Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.