Joy in Wisdom
When Fear is a Bad Thing
June 21st, 2020
Title: “When Fear is a Bad Thing”
Yearly Theme: “Joy is…”
Message 3 in the Series: “The Joy of Wisdom”
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Something to think about:
Among many other things, the fear of man leads to hypocrisy.
We’ve been talking about two different types of fear this month. Last week we talked about what it means to “Fear the LORD” (Proverbs 1:7). This week we explore what it means to “Fear Man.” Our verse of scripture comes from Proverbs today, and it reads…
Proverbs 29:25-26 (ESV), 25 The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe. 26 Many seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the LORD that a man gets justice.
The Hebrew word for “fear” in this verse is not the same word for fear with regard to GOD. As I mentioned last week, the Hebrew word for the “fear” of GOD is “Yare,” which means to be “awestruck” or to “stand in awe and wonder.” This type of fear is attractive and has a way of drawing people to it. However, the word for fear in Proverbs 29:25 in Hebrew is: “Charada.” Charada means anxiety, quaking, or trembling.
Now, there are times when people stand before God with this type of fear in Scripture, but what often comes from God is a calming voice saying, “fear not’; do not quake or tremble in fear before Me; I mean you no harm.
It’s the fear of man that oftentimes leads us to this type of fear due to the abuse of power within this broken and fallen world in which we live. The structures of the world are driven by this type of control fostered by “Charada.”
The point I want to make this morning is this:
Key Point: “The wise person does not fear people because they know that God is with them.”