Daily Bread - May 9 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 09 May 2020 06:37
Acts 9:31 - Then all of the churches had peace throughout Judea, Galilee,
and Samaria; being built up and moving in the fear of the Lord and in the
encouragement of the Holy Spirit multiplied.

Although there was one governing body of the Church as depicted in Acts, of
which the apostles were the overseers, there were many different local
churches as expressed by the plural 'ekklesiai'.

The Old Testament teaches the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
(Psalms 111:10; Proverbs 9:10). The Psalmist taught that through the fear
of the Lord, we would learn to keep our tongue from evil and our lips from
speaking guile. The fear of the Lord causes a person to depart from evil
and pursue peace (Psalms 34:11-14). The fear of the Lord is the hating of
evil, arrogance, and pride (Proverbs 8:13). The expression "the fear of the
Lord" is only found one time in the New Testament; but an equivalent
expression, "the fear of God", is found three times (2 Corinthians 7:1;
Ephesians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:17). Peter, also quotes Psalms 34:12-14 in the
context of inheriting a blessing. The most common characteristic of the
fear of the Lord is the hating of evil and the loving of righteousness. It
was Jesus, Who above all others, modeled this consecration to life and the
ways of the Father, and therefore, was given this testimony: "You have
loved righteousness and hated iniquity; therefore God, Your God, has
anointed You with the oil of extreme joy above Your fellows" (Hebrews 1:9;
Psalms 45:6-7).

The comfort, or encouragement ('paraklesis'), of the Holy Spirit is only
one of the many different things the Holy Spirit does. He is called the
'Parakletos' in John 14:16. Parakletos is difficult to translate because it
has such a wide area of meaning such as helper, encourager, comforter,
mediator, advocate, intercessor, etc. The most outstanding reality of the
'Parakletos' is that He was sent to take the place of Jesus as another
'Parakletos'. Now, instead of the Lord Jesus teaching the apostles and
being their companion, it was the Holy Spirit.
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