The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Do you know the fear of God? That is a strange question to some. Aren’t we supposed to rejoice in God’s grace, love and mercy? Are we supposed to be afraid of Him? Is that biblical?
Well, it may surprise you to learn that it is biblical. Paul said “knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…” 2 Corinthians 5:11
Other translations use the word “fear”. Perhaps they wanted to soften the idea of being ‘terrified’ but the Greek word that Paul used is PHOBOS (from which we got our word phobia of course). It means panic, flight, fear, the causing of fear, terror and comes from phebomai, “to flee, withdraw”.
If you have a phobia of spiders you will probably experience a rising sense of panic and run away when you see one. So you can grasp the meaning of this word. Continue reading