The “fear not” is a distinctive word in the word of God, it was used in the gospels, and greatest of all by our lord Jesus “And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, “Fear not;” (v.17).
One of Jesus’ missions to mankind was to banish the bond slave fear which had haunted man so long from their hearts.
“Fear not” is words that is planted plentifully through out the Word of God.
Beginning with Genesis unto the book of Revelation, from patriarch to the great apostles of the New Testament the sweet echo and revelation of this is surely audible.
The great prophet Isaiah often spoke of the “Fear not” in his book.
The “First fear not” in our text drives away dread and dismay in the presence of the divine glory.
There is a good reason for such dread at the thought of God. For how stands the case as between our souls and God? We all have sinned and cone short of the glory of God” according to (Rom.3:23) and Heb.2:2 declared, “For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;” What dread there is to the sinner.
But to such people Christ comes and says, “Fear not”
Jesus is just and he is our justifier, he is our Redeemer and Saviour. To all the accusing and condemning voices, the Word of Jesus silences them all, and says “Fear not” go thy way and sin know more.”
The “fear not” Meets the consciousness of sin which the sense of God’s goodness often produces.
Fear not” said our Lord to Peter, from henceforth thou shalt catch men” (Lk.5:10). Peter was over whelmed at the magnitude of the blessing bestowed on him, “For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:”
Peter had known and seen much of Jesus before this, he had heard John say of him “Behold the Lamb of God,” he had believe and followed him.
But never before, had there been wakened up in him such sense of his own unworthiness as he gives utterance to now “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” (v.8).
They who have been most honoured, as Peter was, “to catch men for life,” (v.10) as the Lord promised him he should, known how the sense of such unmerited goodness prostrates them before God in deepest abasement.
The “fear not forbids the giving up of hope even in seemingly hopeless cause.
This is the lesson of the “Fear not” of our Lord’s which is given in (Lk. 8:50).
If ever there was a seemingly hopeless case, it was that of the recovery of the little daughter of Jairus after the messengers had come and told him, “Thy daughter is dead.”
Yet Jesus said “ Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.”
Were Christ is concerned, or rather concerns himself for us, we need never to despair.
We may apply this lesson largely to temporal events, though not universally, because oftentimes his will plainly is not to deliver us from the temporal trouble which we fear.
But even then we should not fear, for though not in form, yet in substance, he will give deliverance and help. He will always do what is foremost, though that best be in some other form than that which we have desired. .
But the lesson is of universal application in regard to spiritual blessings which we seek at his hands. Many a dear one lies spiritually at the point of death, and if we have gone to Christ with the entreaty that he will come and heal, we are not to despair of our prayer being answered. We may not see the answer in this world, yet God’s providence may have rendered that impossible, but still we are never to give up hope.
|Fear not deifies persecution, Matthew 10:28, “Fear not them which kill the body.” That entire chapter is an armour of weapons wherewith the war with the world may be successfully waged. Not much of open and violent
Persecution exists in our day. The serpent has had its day, and the mouths of the lions have been shut; but still the enemies of Christ know well enough how to inflict much of pain on those who will not take their side,
So many are truly faithful to the Lord. Many a working man and working woman who have to mingle in their daily employ with large numbers of others in warehouses, workshops, factories, and the like, can bear witness to the truth of this; and many a boy at school likewise. To all such this “Fear not” of Christ’s specially comes.
To be despised by men may be hard, but will it not be worse to be rejected of the Lord if you give in to the fear of man? And is not the glad welcome and “Well done” of Christ worth winning, even at the cost of a sharp, though short-lived persecution now? Surely it is. And think how little they can do. They cannot touch you.
They may mangle and murder your poor body, though they are not likely to go so far as that; but that is not you. And when they have done that, they have no more that they can do. And how utter has been their failure in the past!
One would have thought that the Church of Christ must have been exterminated long ago, considering what a ceaseless storm of hell’s artillery has been beating upon her devoted head.
But lo! here the Church of Christ is, invincible in him who himself is invincible.
Satan, the prompter of all persecution, soon tires when he finds that failure follows all he does. “Fear not,” therefore; be bold for Christ.
Confess him, and he will confess you. This word
Fear not despels anxiety about the supply of earthly want. Luke 12:32 Christ says, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” He had been warning them against troubled, distracting thoughts about temporal provision, bidding them seek first the kingdom of God, and all needful things should be added.
And, to uplift them far above such anxiety, he bids them fear not, for the kingdom is to be theirs. And in confirmation of this word, does not observation attest that, as a rule, there are, no doubt, exceptions
The wants of the servants of Christ are, some how or other, supplied? A good man has written against that verse in the psalms which says, “I have been young, and now am old; yet … nor his seed begging bread”
Against this he has written, “Then, David, I have.” Well, once and again he may have; but the rule is, “all these things” are added unto them. How it is done, whence it comes, or how much, is often a great puzzle.
The cupboard may be very bare sometimes, and the cruse very dry; but supply comes as mysteriously, but as surely as the ravens brought to the prophet his daily food.
Yes; Christ makes good his word, and he will, brother, to thee. “Fear not,” therefore. And let this blessed word serve us as it served St. Paul;
The fear not sustains under apparent failure”Fear not,” said the Lord to St. Paul; “lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee” Acts 27:24).
It was the time of Paul’s shipwreck. There seemed but a step betwixt him and death. The ship was going to pieces; there seemed no hope nor help.
This was to be the end, apparently, of his apostolic career, Rome was not to see his work incomplete. But then, by his angel, the Lord sent to him this St. Paul; “lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee“”Fear not.”
Let us be assured all things, all events, circumstances must work; they do; they can never be quiet. And they must work together.
They seem at times to pull different ways and to lead far apart from one another. But no; they are interlinked and connected one with the other by all manner of associations, so that they must work together, whether they will or no.
hey must work together for good, and not evil, to them that love God.
When the warp and the woof of the fabric are complete, good shall be seen to be the outcome of it all. So was it with all Paul’s life and, not least, with this very shipwreck. And this “Fear not” was sent to tell him that it would be so. Oh, how constantly God is better to us than all our fears!
Our worst troubles are those that never come at all, but which we are afraid will come.
We often think we are brought to a dead halt, but, lo! as in many a lake and ford you come up to a promontory or what seems like a wall of rock, and lo! there is an opening through which you glide, and there you are with more room than ever. Then “Fear not;” but cast thy care on God, and he will sustain thee.
Apparent failure is not real, and out of the darkest perplexity he can bring forth light.