“And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.” (Gen. 20:11)
God has breathed the word “fear” into His written word 509 times. The authors of the text recorded “Fear of the Lord” 30 times, while the term “Fear of God” was recorded eight times. There are many words used in the bible to define for the word fear. “The most common of these (giving the noun forms) are Heb. yir’â, ‘reverence’; Heb. paḥaḏ, dread’, ‘fear’; Gk. phobos, ‘fear’, ‘terror’.”
The New Bible Dictionary contributes the word fear as Holy fear. “To fear God is to regard God with reverent awe.” Genesis 20:11 is representative of this usage of the word fear. Abraham premeditated that he would not be safe in the land of Gerar, which was located between Kadesh and Shur. His rational was that the people of that land knew not the Living God of the Hebrews; therefore, they had no reverence for Him. Without reverence for God, the people of those lands certainly would have scarcely deliberated the moral implications of such nefarious acts of murder, rape, and pillaging. These heinous acts would have been merely customary behavior. We can also purpose that because the people of the land did not reverence Jehovah, they also did not have fear of His mighty hand of judgment. This type of fear would be best interpreted as fright or terror.
Fear, that is terror or slavish fear , is also found in Second Chronicles 20:29. Which reads, “And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel”. This fear is a conjoint characteristic of unconverted people who live according to heathenism, and annalistic philosophies. Their conscience bids them warning, but too often, those pangs of remorse are merely fretting that someone will mete out to them those sins, which they have previously committed against others. The expected behavior of a man is to do that which pleases him rather than which pleases the Lord. “There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.” (Romans 3:11)
Returning in thought to the “fear", which is reverence of the Lord; this type of fear brings one to the beginning of knowledge and wisdom, as depicted in the book of Proverbs. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.” (Prov. 9:10) “The fear of God leads to wise and pure living: ‘By the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil” Reverential thoughts, equitable behaviors, and merited actions are those decisions accomplished by elections of the heart and exercises of the mind. Hitherto, how does a man start this journey if every imagination of the thoughts of his heart is only evil? (Gen. 6:5)
Many people will display transcendent practices of wisdom and will similarly appear virtuous in their actions and deeds. These behaviors, if not founded upon true repentance towards Christ, are futile and changes that are merely falsehoods....