Friday, 19 February 2016
The Hebrew word yare is the word used in the Old Testament as fear God.
But the word yare does not mean fear in the way that we use the word today.
A more precise meaning is to respect or revere.
We are to respect God or revere God.
The use of the word fear is a mistranslation which causes us to think of punishment and hell in relation to God.
We think we are to fear punishment and hell.
But this is not the correct attitude.
We are to respect and revere God - which is to love God.
And this is the first commandment.
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