"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."
This last week before Christmas seems like perfect timing to talk about knowledge and fear of the Lord from Isaiah 11:2.
One of my favorite pieces of the nativity scene is the wise men. They had been studying the sun, moon and stars and biblical prophecies.
It is said that Daniel is credited with preparing them for this moment to meet the Savior hundreds of years earlier.
When he was taken as a slave to Babylon he was God’s chosen man to tell them about the One Sovereign God of Heaven. He had great influence over Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians and taught them to not only look at the stars, but to the Creator of the heavens.
He would not bow to any earthly king and was not scared of what man could do to him. He had a reverent fear of God and served Him faithfully.
This part of the Christmas story totally encompasses knowledge and fear of the Lord. Just like the wise men we should always be looking for what God is doing!
Can you imagine how they felt when they put the pieces of the puzzle together and then prepared camels to go see Jesus?! Best vacation ever!
The meaning of fear in “Fear of the Lord” is not being scared, but rather reverence or honor. These wise men were honoring Jesus as the Messiah with gifts.
Isaiah’s prophecy was correct, King Jesus most definitely had the Spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord. What a beautiful Savior. Happy Birthday King Jesus. We love You.
As we exchange gifts and bless others, let’s spend time honoring our Savior as well.
Merry Christmas sweet friends.
May God pour out His Spirit on you and your family!
Matthew 2 | Daniel 6:12-28