Genesis 15:1 YLT After these things hath the word of Jehovah been unto Abram in a vision, saying, `Fear not, Abram, I am a shield to thee, thy reward is exceeding great.’
Genesis 15:1 BBE After these things, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, Have no fear, Abram: I will keep you safe, and great will be your reward.
I love what God tells Abram here. He tells Abram, FEAR NOT! I am your shield. I will keep you safe. After Abram pursued and overtook the four conquering kings, he met Melchizedek the priest of God Most High and gave him a tithe of all that he had gained. It is interesting that the word from God pertaining to his protection, complete with the imagery of God being a shield, came after Abram tithed to God.
Malachi 3:10-11 says, Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the LORD of hosts.
Note that God says He will “rebuke the devourer for your sakes.” He will keep us safe. There is a special protection that comes from tithing. A divine safety.
God doesn’t want you to ever fear. But if you are a tither, then FEAR NOT for the Lord is a shield to you and has given you the authority to rebuke the devourer (Luke 10:19).
Genesis 15:1 NKJV After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
Genesis 15:1 MSG After all these things, this word of GOD came to Abram in a vision: “Don’t be afraid, Abram. I’m your shield. Your reward will be grand!”
After these things…. You may recall that in Chapter 14 there was a great tumult in the land as nine Kings chose sides and waged war against one another. In the aftermath of the battle, the conquering kings took much spoil from the kingdoms of Sodom and Gomorrah where Lot (Abram’s nephew who was also taken captive) lived. Abram gathered his servants and a few neighboring allies and set out to rescue Lot. Abram and his small army overtook the conquering king’s forces, rescued Lot, and obtained all the massive spoil of wealth, food, and prisoners back from the conquering kings, sending their forces running. Then word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision commanding him to FEAR NOT!
Abram undoubtedly upset a few people that day: the four Kings he defeated and even the five kings they initially plundered. Although Abram gave them most of their possessions back, the thought of having someone so mighty living near them might have caused them to plot against Abram. But God stepped in immediately to let him know NOT TO FEAR.
Often after a great victory in life, there comes an opportunity to fear. What will the enemy do now? What if they come after me? What might be the next challenge around the corner? God doesn’t want us to dwell on that for even a moment. Instead, we are to remember His words. FEAR NOT!
Romans 8:30 NKJV Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
Genesis 9:2 NKJV And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand.
When God created man, He gave man authority in the earth. Man’s job was to tend (maintain, keep subdued, and work) the garden and to keep it (protect the garden from outside assault—there was an enemy). Genesis 2:15 NKJV Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it. That means man had the authority and gifting necessary within himself to maintain and protect the Garden. In Genesis 9:2, God is commissioning Noah and his family to replenish and fill the earth and tells him that all the rest of creation would have a fear of him. God was simply reminding man that he was preeminent of His creation and to walk in the authority given him fearlessly.
God created man to have dominion and rule over creation and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Genesis 1:26 NKJV Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” When the deceiving serpent, Satan, infiltrated the garden neither Eve nor Adam had any fear of him, because God created us to live fearless of all the rest of His creations including the devil, a created angelic being whose nature changed after being lifted up in pride and attempting to overthrow God (Isa 14:12-15). God gave man authority and never took it back. Adam may have unwittingly submitted himself to the devil, but God still indicated that man had authority when he spoke to Noah in Genesis 9. Then Jesus came and destroyed any grip Satan had over man (Col 2:12-15).
The point is you can FEAR NOT! You were not created to fear. Creation was created to fear you. As my pastor says, “You’ve been given dominion over creeps (Gen 1:26).” That includes the devil and his cohorts. Don’t fear the devil. Don’t fear circumstances. Don’t fear creeps. You are seated with Christ Jesus in heavenly places far above all principality and power and might and dominion and every name that is named with all things under your feet (Eph 1:20-2:6). FEAR NOT!
Genesis 3:10 NKJV So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
Genesis 3:10 BBE And he said, Hearing your voice in the garden I was full of fear, because I was without clothing: and I kept myself from your eyes.
After Adam disobeyed God and ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he experienced shame and fear for the first time. The shame he felt for his rebelliousness against God’s command, and his fear of how God would react, drove Adam to attempt to avoid and hide from God. That same sense of shame and fear as a result of sin is still driving people to attempt to run, hide, and avoid the presence of God.
Just as God enjoyed walking through His garden, spending time with His creation and talking with Adam, He enjoys walking the garden of our hearts, spending time and speaking with us. That sense of guilt, of shame, of condemnation and fear of God keeps us from that close place of fellowship with Him. But, FEAR NOT! For Jesus bore the shame and the penalties of sin in His body (Heb 12:2; Isa 53:12; 1Pet 3:18). Hebrews 1:3 says, “…He Himself purged our sins…” and we are now restored to a place of fellowship with God where we can “…come boldly to the throne of Grace…” (Heb 4:16) and obtain mercy and help when we need it.
Don’t let sin and shame keep you from walking with God today. 1 John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God is not mad at you; you have been justified by the blood of Christ (Rom 5:9); there is nothing to fear. So, FEAR NOT! But boldly enter the throne of Grace and go for a stroll with the Lord your God today.
Revelation 22:20-21 NKJV He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (21) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Here at the end of John’s Revelation and at the end of the final book in the Bible we find one more reason not to fear. John recorded a powerful quote from the Lord Jesus, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Jesus is coming again.
Such a simple statement, yet so full and profound. Its meaning though abundantly clear, carries ramifications that we can’t possibly understand or fathom until that day. Yet completely understood or not this simple reality will free you from fear.
Jesus is coming again. There will be no more sorrow and no more tears. And pain and death will also be a thing of the past (Revelation 21:4) as we forever live in the light of His glory (Revelation 21:23). Jesus’ promise is more than just words though, it is a reason to live fearless.
For almost 7 ½ years we’ve walked through the Bible and looked at hundreds of Scriptures about fear… Let me leave you with this… Jesus is coming again. Fear Not!
Revelation 19:11-16 NKJV Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. (12) His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. (13) He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. (14) And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. (15) Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. (16) And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
I was texting with a pastor from Kirkland, Arizona about sheer grit and determination in the face of obstacles. Pastor Greg Poole responded, “You’ve got to have sand to take dominion in the land.” He sure wasn’t kidding. Whether you’re in the pastoral ministry or a follower of Jesus in home or market place, you’ve got to have some “sand” to walk in the power and authority you’ve been given in the face of whatever the circumstances might look like.
Praise God, Jesus has some serious sand. He showed that fearless determination when, “He gave up His divine privileges;” taking, “the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being… (Philippians 2:7 NLT).” Throughout His ministry the fearlessness of Jesus to face the problems and challenges of life was continually evident. He endured difficulties, disastrous weather, demonic forces, incredible opposition and temptations from Satan himself, yet never once fell into fear. Once again His grit was seen at the crucifixion as he willingly laid down His life and became sin for you and me (1 John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21). Then here in Revelation 19 as we read of His glorious return to defeat the beast and the armies rallied against God at Armageddon prior to setting up His Earthly Kingdom. I’ll say it again, Jesus has some serious sand.
You’ve got to have sand to take dominion in the land… and Jesus has sand. But so do you. You’ve been re-created in His image (2 Corinthians 5:17). Not only that, but He is always with you (Hebrews 13:5) and He is greater than any problem or fear that you face (1 John 4:4). In addition to that, He WINS. We don’t have to be afraid to face the any thing in life or the problems at hand. We are like Jesus and we’ve got sand, not just to survive, but to take dominion in the land. Fear Not!
Revelation 19:5-7 MSG From the Throne came a shout, a command: Praise our God, all you his servants, All you who fear him, small and great! (6) Then I heard the sound of massed choirs, the sound of a mighty cataract, the sound of strong thunder: Hallelujah! The Master reigns, our God, the Sovereign-Strong! (7) Let us celebrate, let us rejoice, let us give him the glory! The Marriage of the Lamb has come; his Wife has made herself ready.
There is nothing to fear here in this great promise other than just allowing yourself to be moved with the awesome reality of who Jesus is and the unfathomably way in which He loves you matched with the incomparable might and power He possesses. The vastness of His greatness is overwhelming, but though we are moved with Holy fear by Him, we are not to be afraid of Him.
These verses instead reminds us of His nature and desire to love and cherish His people. From the vast choirs rejoicing before Him and heralding His praises, to the cosmic celebration at the great feast at the marriage supper of our Lord, we are reminded of the surety of His Word and the security we have in His promise. Our job today is not to fear, but to walk with Him and allow Him to continually prepare us for the good works He has for us to do. In the scope of His goodness, love, mercy, grace and eminent return we have nothing to fear. There is a great and glorious future and the reality of His present nature brings us comfort. So let’s keep our eyes on Him and His faithful word living each day in eager expectancy of His return and the knowledge of His awesome presence and love.