The “Fear of Isaac”
My wife and I listened to a teaching given by the late Brother Derek Prince of blessed memory. In the introduction to his teaching, Derek Prince asked this question: “When last did you tremble at the name of G-d?”
He then went on to say: “You would do well to tremble at the name of G-d”
“I am a friend of G-d; I am a friend of G-d; I am a friend of G-d He calls me friend”.
The above line comes from a song that is often sung in church.
And although Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah, does call us friends – John 15:15: “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you”, we would do well to remember that He is not our pal…He is Almighty G-d and we should tremble at His awesomeness.
Sadly, some preachers and teachers within the church portray G-d as our pal and a type of Santa Clause-like provider who is ‘honour bound’ to do our bidding.
And although G-d is first a Father who loves us unconditionally, and yes, He calls Abraham His friend, He is also an awesome, mighty, majestic, holy G-d who spoke the world into being and who can take us out with a snap of His fingers.
Reading the account of the confrontation between Jacob and Laban brought this home to me as twice, Jacob refers to G-d as “the Fear of Isaac”:
Genesis 31:42: “Unless the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked you last night.”
Genesis 31:51-53: “Then Laban said to Jacob, “Here is this heap and here is this pillar, which I have placed between you and me. This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not pass beyond this heap to you, and you will not pass beyond this heap and this pillar to me, for harm. The God of Abraham, the God of Nahor, and the God of their father judge between us.” And Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac.”
You see, Orthodox Jewish people understand the awesomeness of G-d, whereas there are those in the church who see G-d more as a pal and a Santa Clause-like provider.
As a Jew who was brought up in Orthodox Judaism, I have always seen G-d as holy, majestic, and awesome.
And though I am a believer in Yeshua who has a personal, intimate relationship with Him – and, yes, Yeshua sees me as His friend according to scripture, I will always regard Him as holy, majestic, and awesome. And I tremble in reverential fear at His awesomeness.
Let us never forget that G-d spoke the world and the universe into being, and He can take us out with a snap of His fingers.
Exodus 19:16-18 declares: “Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly.”
What an awesome description of the “Fear of Isaac”.
Allow me to encourage you: Love G-d, have a personal, intimate relationship with Him, and as a believer in Yeshua, you are His friend.
However, make sure you honour Him, respect Him, glorify Him, fear Him and tremble at His awesomeness.
You see, Almighty G-d truly is the “Fear of Isaac”.