If you’re a swine, read no further. This post is not for you.
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
I read some inspiring and thought-provoking posts yesterday which I shared in the Blogging 101 Commons. I wanted to share them here, but, alas, I can’t find the post with the links in all that traffic. Instead, I decided to do a post on not not having anything to do with the spirit of fear and being anxious, inspired by apollus’ post on “A Call to the Remnant.”
I voiced my intention to my sister and got a cold-water-in-the-face response.
“Haven’t you heard not to throw your pearls before swine?” she asked.
“Huh?” was my brilliant response. I’m really on top of things today.
“Who are you going to tell not to fear and not to be anxious?” she prompted me once again, getting nothing but a slack-jawed look in return.
“Tell them to be anxious!” she urged.
“Tell them to be afraid. Very afraid.”
Why, you’re probably wondering, should you be anxious or afraid?
Jeremiah 5: 21-23
Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:
Fear ye not me? saith the Lord: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?
But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.
Now we’re getting somewhere. Here’s why being properly afraid is a good thing:
Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
Wait. It gets better. Want to live long, be rich and be healthy enough to enjoy it?
By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.
There are a wealth of other verses that continue in the same vein, but I hope you get the idea.
I bet you’re wondering what happens to the swine?
God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.
The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:
Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.
Job 28:28And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.