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The Freedom Found by Fearing the Lord

Bible Text: Haggai 1:12-15 | Preacher: Davis Lacey | Series: Haggai | Insights from This Passage
Haggai 1:12-15 is a passage of Scripture which confronts people who have:

Too large a view of themselves
Too small a view of God

An inflated view of self and./or a deflated view of God expresses itself in one of two ways:

Legalism: “I am big enough (or, God is small enough) to be bought-off with my actions.”

License: “Because God is so small (or, because I am so mighty), I can be blessed on my own apart from God’s ways. I will live as I please.”

In response to these distorted views of God and of self, Haggai 1:12-15 introduces us to “the fear of the Lord.” In Scripture, “the fear of the Lord” consistently involves three aspects:

Wow (i.e. holy reverence)
Woe (i.e. humble confession in light of God’s greatness)
Willingness (i.e. saving faith expressing itself in obedience)

Accordingly, the fear of the Lord frees the people of God in three unique ways:

Freedom TO Fear (Haggai 1:12)
Freedom FROM Fear (Haggai 1:13)
Freedom to WORK from FAITH (Haggai 1:14-15)

As the people of God, we are not made right with God by our works. We are made right with God as we trust the saving work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. And as people who are freed to work for God’s glory, our calling is the same as the people to which Haggai was writing thousands of years ago. We are called to make the presence of God and the pardon of God manifest on earth: not by building a brick-and-mortar temple, but by expanding the Body of Jesus Christ – God’s New Temple – as we make disciples by the power of the Spirit.

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