Key verses: Revelation 1:17-18
Context: Revelation 1:9-20
“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, ‘Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.’” – Revelation 1:17-18
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – Proverbs 1:7
“‘But,’ he said, ‘you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.’” – Exodus 33:20
“‘For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.’” – Genesis 32:30
The Face of God is a privilege to see. Many have died from much less (see 1 Chronicles 13:1-14). Few have done so. God must be treated with insurmountable awe and respect. Too many of us choose to box in the Maker of the world into little boundaries so we can comprehend and make sense of Him. That is not our place. Feel free to read the entire chapter of Jeremiah 5 for some ideas regarding that. I’m going to quote three verses at the end.
John reacts by falling prostrate at the sight of Jesus. He has a proper respect and honor towards Jesus. In response to John’s fear and awe, Jesus creates a safe place and calms him, saying “Fear Not.” We are safe with Jesus. He is there for us, comforting us, but also demands an inexplicable amount of respect. What are you doing to respect the Lord?
“‘Do you not fear me? declares the LORD. Do you not tremble before me? I placed the sand as the boundary for the sea, a perpetual barrier that it cannot pass; though the waves toss, they cannot prevail; though they roar, they cannot pass over it. But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart; they have turned aside and gone away. They do not say in their hearts, “Let us fear the LORD our God, who gives the rain in its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.”’” – Jeremiah 5:22-24