Timor Domini = Fear of the Lord in Latin
PART ONE OF SIX
Charles Spurgeon said this about Proverbs:
“You have here before you the advice of King Solomon, rightly considered one of the wisest of men. It is worthwhile to listen to what Solomon has to say; it must be good for the most intelligent young person to listen; and to listen carefully, to what so experienced a man as Solomon has to say to young men. But I must remind you that One greater than Solomon is here, for the Spirit of God inspired the Proverbs! They are not merely jewels from earthly mines, but they are also precious treasures from the heavenly hills, so that the advice we have here is not only the counsel of a wise man, but the advice of that Incarnate wisdom who speaks to us out of the Word of God! Would you become the sons of wisdom? Come sit at the feet of Solomon! Would you become spiritually wise? Come and hear what the Spirit of God has to say by the mouth of this wise man!
Therefore, if you are seeking wisdom, Proverbs is one of the best places to find it. I wrote last week about my inclusion of Proverbs daily in my own personal Bible study (https://cotidie.blog/2020/04/16/the-power-of-imago-dei-4/). There is so much the Lord reveals through Proverbs; but first, we must deal with Proverbs 1:7 and understand what it means, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Forms of the words fear and afraid are found over 700 times in the Bible. I counted this myself-the term “fear of the Lord” is used 19 times in Proverbs alone. This should cause us to see the importance of fear of the Lord in our lives.
In The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, the author tells of two girls, Susan and Lucy, preparing to meet Aslan the Lion, who represents Christ. Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, a talking beaver couple, get the children ready for the encounter.
“Oh,” says Susan, “I thought he was a man. Is he quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”
“That you will deary,” said Mrs. Beaver. “And make no mistake. If there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”
“Then isn’t he safe?” said Lucy.
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver, “Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? Of course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you!”
Following God is not safe, but it is good. He is good.
And fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
Just for today, meditate on this truth.
Tune in tomorrow for Part Two..