Daily Bible Verse, Proverbs 1: 7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”

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The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.“- Proverbs 1: 7, (World English Bible)

I’m going to lay my truth out here on the line. I don’t want to love anyone who expects me to fear them. Words have all kinds of meanings and when taken out of context they can be distorted and misapplied.

What if fear, as I understood it, was wrong? What if my idea of ​​fear was nothing like what it was supposed to be in Proverbs 1: 7?

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Proverbs 1: 7, NIV uses the word ‘God‘ instead of ‘Yahweh’ and that to find wisdom the starting point is fear. Yet when Christ came to replace all that I have done wrong in this life, he said “do not be afraid, for he is with me.” Christ was a Jew. Proverbs are the Book of Wisdom written in the time of Solomon, a Jew.

Jesus spoke of action, and karma is also a form of action and reaction. The Torah does not use the word karma, but there are “if this, then that” as statements. So maybe the fear, the action and reaction were all interconnected in one way or another to help understand Proverbs 1: 7.

As I began to study the connection between Judaism and Christianity, I came across an interesting word … what if fear was replaced by the word ‘karma’ and if respecting the rules of life and universe could be exchanged with this idea of ​​fearing God, or Yahweh or light or love, Abba Father, however, God could be called.

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There are times when Jesus himself called himself by other names: Master, the light, the way, the truth, and so it is possible that this word Yahweh meant other things at the time. biblical that the layman who studies the scriptures will not know unless he or she digs.

You cannot dismiss the Jewish faith and the roots of its beautiful culture when you study the Old Testament Christian Bible, and with this understanding you see that the light and the darkness, the balance of logic and the emotion demonstrates the power of love and fear when brought together as one in a lifestyle.

Here are some reasons why Proverbs 1: 7 says fear is the beginning of knowledge, according to the Bible.

1. To fear is to respect.

Yahweh is a Hebrew word. The Jews had such esteem and respect for God that they refused to pronounce his name, so instead they wrote YHWH or Gd and used other words such as “Adonai”.

Fearing YHWH means being aware and not taking your relationship with him lightly. If you fear the loss of something, you cherish it. For example, you love your parents, your child, a boyfriend, a friend.

2. To fear is to love.

You might not be afraid of that person, but doesn’t the thought of their absence make you think twice before delaying a call or text? Yes, because as death shows us, when we lose a loved one prematurely, the loss hurts and it’s sad to miss those moments.

It is in this regard that ‘fear’ is used, not the way I have had or maybe you have had or someone you know. Even though it might sound like that.

3. To be afraid is to remember.

Sometimes we take someone for granted when we know they love us unconditionally. Children are always aware of the presence of their parents. Even while playing, and you think a child is not paying attention, watch their reaction when their mom or dad approaches the door.

Even the most confident child will rush to his mother when she has to leave knowing she will be back, but oh how long the wait is! The tear-stained face is a signal that love is so strong and tender, that their time of separation is desired while they are away.

It wasn’t until I had my own children that I realized this level of bittersweet separation, but I also shed light on why Jesus could have said that to be a child is to enter the world. kingdom. It is to want and love with such attachment that being together becomes the joy of your life.

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4. To fear is to be close to one another, which is the path to intimacy.

The Bible says God is the vine, and we are the branches (John 15: 5) and this is how we grow. It was in those quiet moments that I heard the voice of God in my life, and it was also when I understood the reason why things happen and what it means to me and why.

5. Fear and love balance each other out.

Through an intimacy rooted in a balance of respectful fear and alert love, trust builds faith and faith reveals the laws of the universe. Yes, in a way you can call it karma or maybe your life path, or spiritual journey, but whatever word you use, intimacy and love are the mechanisms of wisdom.

A Bible verse that speaks of the greatest thing to have as a believer says: “Faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love …” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

What is love? Is it privacy? How do people stay intimate with someone they love? They maintain the relationship.

How do humans remain actively intimate, realizing that life is impermanent and that fear of absence is what keeps us from taking ourselves for granted? How intriguing that it also works with our relationship to God and his love.

Pray:

“Help me to love wisdom as described in Proverbs 1: 7. Teach me to ask for it every day. Encourage me to see challenges as opportunities to learn more about my life path and where I am growing. . When I feel discouraged, show me that I am in the process. Where I feel lost, give me a glimpse. I know that behind the darkness there is the light called wisdom and that your truth can always be found if I look. Keep my eyes wide open, and when my eyes do not see, let my heart hear the whisper that comes in times of silence. Grant your peace. Amen. “

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Senior Writer, Aria Gmitter, MS, MFA graduated from the University of Miami in Comparative Religious Studies and is a member of Theta Alpha Kappa.

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