The Fear of the Lord
Proverbs1:7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
From the Strongs Concordance - fear the Lord
A primitive root; to fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten: - affright, be (make) afraid, dread (-ful), (put in) fear (-ful, -fully, -ing). (be had in) reverence (-end), X see, terrible (act, -ness, thing).
The fear of the Lord is a deep reverence for God and His commandments.
It is based in the fact that God is almighty, holy and will judge
Words of Jesus Luke 12:5
Words of Jesus
Luke 12:5But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
Through out the Bible we find a Holy God passing judgment on sin.
2Peter 2:6And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
Act 5:3But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
4Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
5And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
6And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him
7And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
8And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
9Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
10Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.
From a primaryφέβομαι phebomai (to be put in fear); alarm or fright: - be afraid, + exceedingly, fear, terror.
God is not someone to mess with - what took place with Ananias and his wife brought a reverence to the church
Benefits of fearing the Lord
Psalms 25:14The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
Psalms 34:9O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
Psalms 34:7The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
Proverbs 10:27The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
Proverbs 14:27The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
Proverbs 19:23The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
The fear of the Lord produces in us
Proverbs 8:13The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Proverbs 16:6By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.