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Cultivating the Fear of the Lord—Part 3

May 18, 2018

7. Fearing the Lord will lead you to seek the Mediator.
“I stood between the Lord and you at that time” (Dt. 5:5).

The people cried out, “This great fire will consume us. If we hear the voice of the Lord our God any more, we shall die” (5:25). So they said to Moses, “Go near and hear all that the Lord our God will say, and speak to us all that the Lord our God will speak to you, and we will hear and do it” (5:27). They wanted Moses to be a mediator.

Then Moses said, “The Lord said to me, ‘I have heard the words of this people, which they have spoken to you. They are right in all that they have spoken’” (5:28). It was a good thing that they saw their need of a mediator.

When you see the fire on the mountain, when you see the awesome holiness of God, when you see that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Heb. 10:31) and that our God is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:29), you will want to find a mediator.

The fear of the Lord drives us to Jesus Christ. God has provided a better mediator than Moses. Moses went up into the presence of God; Jesus Christ has come down to us.

We have a better place than Mount Sinai to learn the fear that love brings. When Jesus went to the cross, the fire of God’s judgment on human sin was poured out on him. He went into the fire for us. He entered our hell on the cross.

Have you felt the need for a mediator between yourself and God? What role has the fear of the Lord played in your faith?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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