Tag Archives: yare

Number Four

Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God.  Deuteronomy 6:13  KJV Fear – According to Rambam’s list of the 613 commandments, this is number four.  “By this injunction we are commanded to believe in the fear and awe of God (exalted be He), and not to be at ease and self-confident but to expect His punishment… Read More »

The Four Words (2)

But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.  Psalm 130:4  ESV May be feared – YHWH pardons!  Rejoice!  YHWH is salah.  I can be straightened. But this is no surprise to the serpent, and he is prepared to manipulate YHWH’s pardon for his purposes.  Never underestimate the craftiness of the yetzer ha’ra. … Read More »

Shrink Wrap

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.  Philippians 4:8  NASB Honorable – What does Mark 7:7 have to do with Isaiah 29:13… Read More »

The Expert

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom  Proverbs 9:10  NASB Fear – Do you fear God?  That might seem like a strange question in an age where God is portrayed as the kindly grandfather ready to overlook all mistakes.  But it would never have seemed so innocuous when this verse was written. … Read More »

True Religion (1)

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. James 1:26 ESV Rodney Baker (Adelaide, Australia) has contributed several TW’s on Religion while I am in South Africa. Religious  – threskos. What a loaded word! A word that occurs only once in the… Read More »

A Little Scared?

Then you will discern the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:5 NASB Fear – In Hebrew the word is yare.  The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (TWOT) tells us that this word is used in five different senses:  1) the emotion of being afraid, 2) the anticipation of… Read More »

The Secret Treasure

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. Psalm 56:3 NASB When – Are you afraid?  I am.  I have had a growing sense of fear for about a year now.  I am concerned that our civilization is rushing toward the brink at breakneck speed.  I look at my own financial circumstances. … Read More »


“Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and to keep the LORD’s commandments and His statutes which I… Read More »

Preparing To Fear

YHWH is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1 Fear – The children of Israel read the 27th Psalm in preparation for Rosh Hashanah. They do this as a matter of preparation for repentance (teshuvah from the verb shuv). Why is the 27th Psalm so important to the beginning of the… Read More »


YHWH is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1 Fear – The question is rhetorical. The expected answer is “No one.” But that answer usually leaves out the one person that I really do fear. Even when no one else can bring me low because the Lord is my shepherd, there… Read More »