Fear Him enough to hate our sin

  • Vayikra / Leviticus 25:1-26:2
  • Yirmeyahu / Jeremiah 32:6-27
  • Uri / Luke 4:16-21

Vayikra {25:17} You shall not wrong one another; but you shall fear your G-D: for I am HaShem your G-D. {25:18} Therefore you shall do My judgements, and keep My huchim (statutes) and do them; and you shall dwell in the land in safety.

Vayikra {25:39} If your brother has grown poor with you, and sell himself to you; you shall not make him to serve as a bond-servant. {25:40} As a hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with you; he shall serve with you to the year of Yovel (Jubilee): {25:41} then shall he go out from you, he and his bnei (children) with him, and shall return to his own family, and to the possession of his avot (fathers shall he return. {25:42} For they are My servants, whom I brought forth out of the land of Mitzrayim (Egypt): they shall not be sold as bondservants. {25:43} You shall not rule over him with rigor, but shall fear your G-D.

The reason I chose these two Scriptures from Parasha Behar to comment on has to do with the verses which contain the words “…shall fear your G-d.”

One of the greatest problems among most believers today is that they do not fear G-d. I am not talking about being afraid of G-d like we would be afraid of a ravenous dog that we may have encountered on the street. What I mean is to have a reverent fear of the awesomeness and power of the one who holds life and death in His hands.

The lack of fear stems I think from the fact that the majority of Believers in Yeshua HaMashiach do not recognize their shortcomings, that is, their sin. Often I have talked with Believers who openly admit they have some sort of sin problem or addiction that they just can not control. Sadly time after time, when conditions are right, they fall into the same sin over and over again followed by regrets and of course consequences. I attribute their cycle of sin to the lack of the fear of G-d. If we truly feared G-d and understood the consequences of sin administered by Him, as clearly enumerated in His Word; physical, mental, spiritual and relational, then we would definitely think twice before sinning. So why do we not fear G-d enough to stop sinning? Do we not realize that our life would be a whole lot better and easier if we did fear G-d? Sadly most of us although we say we fear G-d do not fear Him enough to hate our sin and change.

Take a moment right now and think of a consequence in your life that you may have experienced or perhaps are now experiencing, and try to relate it to a sin you may have committed in the past. Would you be experiencing this consequence if you had feared G-d and not sinned? Next time you are tempted to get involved in sexual sin, for instance, in the heat of passion at the moment, remember the fear of G-d. When you are tempted to lie your way out of a situation, remember the fear of G-d. Next time you are about to lose your temper or patience, remember the fear of G-d.

Mattityahu (Matthew) {10:28}"And do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Now an insight into Parasha Behukotai:

Vayikra {26:3} If you walk in My statutes, and keep My mitzvoth (commandments), and do them; {26:4} then I will give your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

Vayikra {26:15} and if you shall reject My statutes, and if your nefesh (soul) abhor my huchim (statutes), so that you will not do all My mitzvoth, but break My brit (covenant); {26:16} I also will do this to you: I will appoint terror over you, even consumption and fever, that shall consume the eyes, and make the nefesh to pine away; and you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

Parasha Behukotai is the “if you, I will” Parasha. “If you” occurs nine times and “I will” occurs twenty four times in chapter 26. Therefore, the lesson to be learned from this Parasha is quite simple. HaShem will act or react according to our obedience to His commandments. This is a sobering thought when we consider that the majority of Believers in Yeshua HaMashiach do not truly fear G-d.