Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Many people understand 'fear' to mean exclusively being afraid of someone. In the context of G-d, this means that many people would question why they should be afraid of G-d and how that can possibly be a good thing. In this miztvah, I look at the various Bible verses that include this phrase and examine what fearing G-d really means.
There is a common tendency to model any relationship that we might have with G-d on the relationship that we have had with our earthly parents; this can often lead to a false idea abotu G-d as, however good or bad our physical parents may have been, they are all human and so fall short of the goodness that G-d has and is.
Fear, or perhaps more correctly, awe and loving reverence, then, can be seen in a much more positive way that many expect and is an essential part of the way we need to see and relate to our G-d.