Fear

Jesus Calms Their Fears - John 6:15 – 6:27 (commentary)

In the evening following the feeding of the 5000, the disciples got into a boat and left Jesus behind while they began to row toward Capernaum (vv 16-17). As it became dark a strong wind was blowing them off course (v. 18). Suddenly to their amazement, they saw Jesus not far from …

Hardened Hearts and the Fear of Man - John 12:37 – 12:50 (commentary)

In this passage, there were those who would not believe and there were those who would not openly confess Christ even though they had believed. The first group in spite of all Jesus’ miraculous signs, still would not believe in Him (vv. 37-38). This rejection had been prophesied …

Nehemiah Was Fearful of What Others Think - Nehemiah 2:1 – 2:8 (commentary)

As Nehemiah was going about his usual duties the king noticed that he was sad and asked, “Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick.” (vv. 1-2) At first Nehemiah was frightened because it was dangerous to show sorrow before the king who could execute anyone w …

The Fear of The Lord - Psalms 112:1 – 112:10 (commentary)

This psalm enumerates some of the blessings enjoyed by a person who fears (reverences) the Lord. Then it anticipates the exaltation of the righteous and grievous destruction of the wicked. However we must not conclude on the basis of this psalm that all believers today can claim …

Sing And Praise The Lord - Psalms 147:1 – 147:11 (commentary)

It sounds like this Psalm may have been written after the return of the Jews from Babylon (v. 2). There seems to be two themes running throughout the Psalm. One is a praise of God for His goodness to his creatures and the other a praise of God for his goodness to His people. He u …

Israel’s Woman Liberator - Judges 4:1 – 4:24 (commentary)

We are introduced to Deborah, the prophetess, the fourth judge, and the only woman judge, who lived in central Palestine. For 20 years the Canaanites oppressed Israel and God raised up this prophetess to lead the way to victory (vv. 1-7). Associated with her was Barak, a …

David’s Last Words - II Samuel 23:1 – 23:7 (commentary)

The list of David’s mighty men is preceded by a short poem (vv. 1-7) titled the last words of David. In the first stanza (v. 1) he identified himself as “the son of Jesse,” a peasant farmer in Bethlehem. David was never ashamed of that, as God lifted him “ …

We Must Fear The Lord - Jeremiah 5:14 – 5:31 (commentary)

God told Jeremiah that his words would be like a fire (v. 14) that would consume the people. He would bring judgment (Babylon) against Judah. This was a nation whose language they did not know (v. 15). The difference of language would make it more difficult to achieve peace. Thes …

Is it Information or Truth That You Want? - Jeremiah 38:14 – 38:28 (commentary)

Zedekiah sent for Jeremiah again and met him in secret at the entrance to the temple (vv. 14-16). Zedekiah wanted to ask Jeremiah something, and he told the prophet not to hide anything from him. Jeremiah said, if he did answer with a message the king did not want to hear he had …

Fearful to Enter The Land - Deuteronomy 1:19 – 1:31 (commentary)

Moses describes the 100 mile trip from Horeb to the promised land through a dry and barren wilderness (v.v. 19-21). He explains how their fathers’ fathers were instructed by God to take possession of the land of the Amorites. Instead of moving in they wanted to send out …

Elijah Flees From Jezebel - I Kings 19:1 – 19:7 (commentary)

Jezebel had not been on Mount Carmel and only heard what her husband reported to her (vv. 1-5). Elijah’s treatment of her prophets made her very angry, so she sent a message to him that she was going to kill him within 24 hours in retaliation for his slaughtering of the 4 …

Joseph’s Promise to His Brothers And His Death - Genesis 50:15 – 50:26 (commentary)

John Phillips in his book EXPLORING GENESIS says this about the book of Genesis. It begins with creation and ends with a coffin. It begins with glory and ends with a grave. It begins with the vastness of eternity and ends with the shortness of time. It begins with the living God …

The Lord Caused Confusion Among The Enemy - II Chronicles 20:14 – 20:30 (commentary)

The Spirit of the Lord came on the Levite Jahaziel, after Jehoshaphat’s moving prayer, and he speaks to the congregation (v. 14). He tells them twice to not be afraid and that the battle was not their’s but God’s (vv. 15-17). Then Jehoshaphat and all Judah and the inhabitants …

Proud Babylon Will Fall - Jeremiah 50:33 – 50:46 (commentary)

Even though Israel and Judah had been held by their captures who refused to let them go (v.33) the Lord vowed to defend their cause. He said that He would give them rest in their own land while giving unrest to Babylon (v.34). This threat of unrest is pictured as a sword going th …