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Fear and Reverence

December 23, 2019
By Martin Luther

"Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."

GENESIS 22:12

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Fear and Reverence

When Abraham is praised as one who fears and reveres God, the statement refers not only to his faith but also to his entire worship, to the tree with its fruits, inasmuch as for the Hebrews to fear God is the same as to worship God or to serve God, to love and honor God. . . . God should be feared nowhere except in His Word, in accordance with the command which says: "You shall not worship strange gods, and you shall not make for yourself a graven image, whatever it may be" (cf. Exodus 20:3-4). Where God is revealed in His Word, there worship Him, there exercise your reverence; then you are fearing where you should fear and tremble.

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