In studying the other day I ran across these two Scriptures, and I thought it was interesting how Solomon begins Proverbs, and ends Ecclesiastes on the same note.
I’ve also included a quote from a tape we heard recently where Brother Branham really explains what it means to fear God.
-Brother Nathan Bryant
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – PROVERBS 1:7
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” – ECCLESIASTES 12:13
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Over in Ecclesiastes the 12th chapter and the 13th verse, it’s written like this. See? “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments, for this is the full duty of man.”
The conclusion of the whole matter is to fear God. And when, you cannot have respects until you have fear. You’ve got to have fear of God. Solomon said also in the Proverbs that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom: the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.
Now, that don’t mean that you’re afraid of Him, but that means that you’re giving respects and reverence. And when you respect God, you fear God. You fear that you might displease Him in some way; you fear lest you would do something wrong. You wouldn’t want to…
I fear my mother. I fear my–my wife. I fear my church. I fear all of God’s servants, unless I should put a stumbling block somewhere in their way. I–I fear the people. I fear the people of the city, unless I should do something wrong that would cause them to think that I wasn’t a Christian.
See, you’ve got, before you can have respects, you’ve got to have fear. And God demands it, He demands respects. God does; He demands it. And fear brings it. And we know that fear brings respects.