Deuteronomy 4:10 Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.
These words were spoken by Moses to the children of Israel in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month (part of our January and February), and on the first day of the month. The children of Israel now being released from the wilderness of chastisement they had suffered due to their own disobedience. This fortieth year was a difficult year for Israel and especially for the man Moses. Of this same fortieth year Moses sister Miriam died in the first month and his brother Aaron died the fifth month. It would be approximately one month after Moses’s final review of what God has done for His people that Moses would die as well. It should never be a surprise to anyone; God always keeps His Word.
The words that ring out to us in the above verse are the words that they may learn to fear me. Those who are born in a nation where the Gospel is prevalent are taught at a very young age that God is loving, and He is; that God is merciful, and Oh He is. But if the entire personality of God is not taught then people will have a serious misunderstanding of God. And it is mankind’s nature to seek out only the good about a certain truth and to prevent the negative side of the truth from entering our minds wrongly believing that what we don’t know won’t hurt us, or, believing that if we are ignorant about a certain subject then we will not be held responsible. The negative side to the truth does not have to be negative in the individual’s life; and exactly how negative is it to have a proper fear of God? How negative was it for the children of Israel to live in the wilderness for forty years and to eat manna? Pretty negative. How negative was it for all of those families accept for Joshua and Caleb to see their loved ones die that were twenty years and older because of the murmuring against the Lord? Very negative. Is it negative to fear God? Does the fear of God restrict us and place us into bondage? A thousand times NO. The fear of God will save your soul and bless your life. Why the death and heartache upon God’s people? Because they feared the circumstance and the enemy more than they feared disobeying God. For sure the loss is devastating when we choose to fear everything else but Him. But if we fear Him and not anything or anyone else? The Victory is sure! Do you fear God?