Learn to Fear the Lord – Deuteronomy 4:10

Deuteronomy 4:10  Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me (Moses), “Gather me the people together and I will make them hear My Words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.”  (KJV)

image00Revelation 14:2  And I (John) heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder; and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps.  (KJV)

Ezekiel 1:24  ….like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech……….

Psalm 29:4  … the voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

The name Moses means “pulled out of the water.”  Every child born is “pulled out of the water.”  For some forty weeks we are bathed  and buoyed in a safe, warm, but ever increasingly small space.  God draws us out;  a doctor, midwife, or unsuspecting bystander catches us as we are drawn out into a harsh world of bright lights, cold temperatures, and a slap of reality.  We wail, “I want to go back!”  A knee jerk reaction to entrance into this fallen world.  Then, we are warmed, washed, and wrapped and placed in the arms of the ones we have been entrusted too because as Acts 17:26-27 tells us we are here at this time, this place, with these people to seek Him and find our way to Him though He is never far from us.

Moses life was all about finding God and he actually saw God’s back and heard the voice of God.  Scripture tells us the voice of God is loud, thundering, awe-inspiring.  Maybe like Niagra Falls?  

The Israelites, people of God, had left Egypt and they were short on memory.  All the LORD did for them did not make the journey from short into long term memory!  Spiritual dementia.  So, to help them remember, God gave them an experience in an object lesson kind of way.  Like a trip to Niagra Falls and seeing and hearing the “voice” up close and personal.  A lesson they could not forget!  Object lessons have a purpose–to help us learn, REMEMBER, and share with others.

Lessons we learn are meant to be passed on!  The way these lessons are taught help us catch the enthusiasm, insight, and importance of the lesson.

I have never been to Lake Tahoe, California, but my Daddy told me about it, and I have a few pictures of him there.  Through his stories, I feel like I have visited.  Lesson:  I caught the beauty and love for a place from him.  Can you imagine actually hearing God’s voice and not being captivated by it or keeping the experience to yourself?  Me either!

God’s voice is loud, thundering, majestic, powerful and demands attention.  We see this in Scripture.  But now, as we wait for the LORD’s return to see Him face to face, He speaks in a “still small voice.”  (I Kings 19:11-13)  Does this demand less attention?  No, actually it requires more attention and the same response:  listen, learn, and share!

We may not stand on Mount Horeb (Mount Sinai) and experience the “voice of many waters” but hearing the “still small voice” can lead us to the same place:  fear of the LORD-awe struck wonder of HIS  MAJESTY.

His beauty will take your breath away.

Passing the faith along,


Passing the Faith Along by Bill Gaither

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About Yvonne Jones

I am at heart, a LIFEguard: “big” sister, mama, grandmother, aunt, friend, swimming coach, lifeguard trainer, and registered nurse. I am in the business of alleviating fear through education and lots of hand holding. As a swimming instructor, I have taught people of all ages to overcome fear of the water and I marvel as fear gives way to fearlessness, as panic turns to pure joy, as tears dissolve into giggles of glee, and pennies retrieved from the bottom of the abyss become trophies. As a nurse, I have been privileged to walk up to Heaven’s gate as patients and family are welcomed home, witnessed the miracle of birth, helped mend broken hearts, and cared for the elderly as they wait.

Scriptures number one admonition is “fear not.” Question is HOW??? The Word becomes our swimming instructor and can help us learn to “tread water til Jesus comes.” Something my students often thought I was going to make them do!

So welcome to my pool! Jump in the cool water. Let it refresh your soul and feel the unseen hands of the Master Lifeguard lift you up and out of the deep water. Who knows, you just might even walk on water!

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