Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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Among people who believe that God inspired the ancient prophets to speak the words that are recorded in the Bible, there is no question that Isaiah 11 speaks of Jesus. In the second verse of that chapter, Isaiah prophesied that the following would “rest upon him”: the Spirit of the LORD, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
Yes, the spirit of the fear of God rested upon Jesus. In verse three, Isaiah goes on to say that when the Spirit of the Lord rested on him, it would “make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD.” Jesus lived his life full of the fear of God, as the Bible makes clear in several places. When he was suffering and cried out to his Father for help, his prayers were heard, according to the author of Hebrews (5:7), because he feared.
Jesus’ soul was not troubled by the tormenting spirit of the fear of death or of the fear of men. Most people on earth carry such fears like heavy weights on their backs, but not Jesus. In this regard, Jesus was fearless. But he knew well the fear of the Lord, and it comforted and instructed him continually.
A man without the fear of God in his heart has no understanding and no knowledge. He is wild and proud of it. He is like a turtle in the middle of a busy highway, boasting of the hardness of his lovely shell. It is just a matter of time before both he and his boasting are forgotten altogether. The fear of God gives quick understanding and leads in the way of knowledge. It brings peace.
Jesus was our example. If we fear God as he did, we will be made wise and will be saved from the coming wrath. If we do not fear God, we are foolish (53:1), our hearts are wicked (Ps. 36:1), and we will be eternally damned in the Day of Judgment. The happy throng of saved saints that sang on the crystal sea before the Creator in John’s Revelation (15:4) asked the incredulous question, “LORD, who dares not fear and glorify your name?”
They knew the answer. “Only fools.”