The God in the Old Testament is the same God that sent Jesus Christ. The bible is God’s progressive revelation to us of who he is. He shows us that he has the ability to judge at our very core who we are. Hebrews 4:12-13 says “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s Sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
In the Old Testament it talks about FEAR and to FEAR God, but the same God talked about in the Old Testament is the same one that we read about in the New. We Fear because we respect, we fear because we know we don’t deserve what he’s given to us, his son. He can create humans with words. He brings light into the world simply by speaking “Let there be light.” The thing people cling to most in the darkest parts of the world, light, was created by our God with 4 words.
Proverbs 1:7 says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,” We fear because we know; we know that God has the power to divide the soul and the spirit. We know he can do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine. We know that he can bring light into the darkness with words, we also know that he can send his son TO us because of the immense amount of LOVE he has for us.
Would you not Fear a Kings judgement because you RESPECT him. Respect the God of the Universe. Know that he has the ability to take the light out of the world with only words. But know that he loves YOU so much that he would send his ONE AND ONLY son to Die for us so that we may have the chance to know him. Respect the Lord of the Universe.