But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared. Roman Catholicism counts this fear as one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. In Proverbs , the fear of the Lord is described as the "discipline" or "instruction" of wisdom. According to Jerry Bridges , "There was a time when committed Christians were known as God-fearing people.
This was a badge of honor. Lutheran theologian Rudolf Otto coined the term numinous to express the type of fear one has for the Lord. Anglican C. Lewis references the term in many of his writings, but specifically describes it in his book The Problem of Pain and states that fear of the numinous is not a fear that one feels for a tiger, or even a ghost.
Rather, the fear of the numinous, as C. Lewis describes it, is one filled with awe, in which you "feel wonder and a certain shrinking" or "a sense of inadequacy to cope with such a visitant of or prostration before it". It is a fear that comes forth out of love for the Lord. Taqwa is an Islamic term for being conscious and cognizant of God, of truth, of the rational reality, " piety , fear of God ". The first mention of the fear of God in the Hebrew Bible is in Genesis , where Abraham is commended for putting his trust in God. In Isaiah , the prophet describes the shoot that shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, "The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.
Bahya ibn Paquda characterized two types of fear as a lower "fear of punishment" and a higher "fear of [divine awe] glory. Maimonides categorized the fear of God as a positive commandment, as the feeling of human insignificance deriving from contemplation of God's "great and wonderful actions and creations.
Author Boyd C. Purcell and atheist Sam Harris have each compared doctrines promoting the fear of God to living under the Stockholm syndrome , where hostages feel a misplaced sense of connection and affection for the hostage taker. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Fear of God disambiguation.
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Thank you for this excellent commentary on Abigail. I look back and realize that if I had had more children, I might have had a child who ended up being like its father. God always knows best. Nothing in this world surpasses the knowledge that you are His child and that nothing and no one can separate you from His love. I have made you and will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. Isaiah NIV. Are you in India now? Thank you for your kind answer. Over the last year, I stayed in France but sent money and prayed much with her and the kids over the phone.
Over this year she managed to be in a location not to be found with the family and husband. The situation was still challenging because a woman alone and on top of that extremely zealed for the Lord face all kinds of attacks in India but she and the kids always came out victorious. Until someone gave her cousins her location and everything went bad to worse.
Electrocuted in police station, starved and with no water first 3 days and then 5 days, clinically dead twice, social authorities attacking her, police tapping her phone …. Francois, Have you ever met this woman in real life? Have you been to India? What part of India does she live in? I have a few friends there. Perhaps they can offer help. Unfortunately the most dangerous people are her husband and cousins who are supposed to be christians and have an extremely deep network in the christian areas so it is very dangerous ground to contact christian in that area. This is actually because of a christian we asked for help that her location got found.
The Lord is powerful there but the spirit of antichrist within the church is also at the highest level I have ever encountered. She lives in the new state of Telangana in the south east of India at about km from Hyderabad. She is not willing to meet any indian people anymore, she is too scared. If your contacts are indian locals, I am almost sure she will decline your offer. She has stopped to fight in a human way, she just gave her fate to God, I had her on the phone today, she has never been so sad.
Marg, I sincerely love you together with Abigail for your intensive and prolonged study. You are very beautiful for you are inspired by beautiful ideas. Im a young professional here. I was looking for a story about abigail. Thanks for this post. We named our daughter Abigail Ruth, after two of my favorite Bible women.
She is living up to her name. Your exposition is one of the best that I have read. Wonder why so many well known Pastors never touch on this topic. Wives must submit to their husband in the Lord. If husbands do not make wise decisions we as wives should definitely advise them. I am sure God wants us to be happily married.
I agree: God does want us to be happy in marriage. On top of that, gotta pay the mortgage, pay bills, put food on the table, and so on….
Every day I prayed for protection and security. Prayer is my only survival and hope. My Father promised me that He will provide for me. So this is what I daily lived on. I was in total shock! As soon as I got in my car, tears slowly drip down my checks. I tried so hard to hold it but tears continued to pour out.
Then I burst out crying! I sobbed and sobbed pouring my soul to my Father. How am I going to meet ends need?
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I have no one to help me? What am I gonna do? What was a huge mistake! No comfort at all… More like a sword pierce my heart instead.
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After I hung up the phone with my husband, I cried even louder. But instead His words killed me and left me feeling abandoned, alone and isolated. I wanted to run far away and never come back to this difficult and miserable life of mine. As I began to believe in those lies, I noticed negatived and bad thoughts began to escalate in my mind.
I began to feel hurt, lonesome,anger, and other bad thoughts began to live in my heart. At this very moment I knew I was under attack! I knew if I bathe in those thoughts, destruction will be my destiny. So I forced my body into subjection to the Word of God 1 Corinthians I poured my heavy and weary heart to God. I cried out and expressed my sorrowful soul to my God. I knew that only HE can restored my soul. I was completely healed, restored and transformed. How did you become so happy so quickly? I chose to live by faith. Thanks for sharing this Chamee.
D family of Amoo saumel named the daughter abigeal today, what a wonderful name and wonderful character she emulated. Not politically correct. A second thought is that someone sat down and properly listened to this woman. Maybe a man, or a woman who was sufficiently influential to make sure this was recorded for posterity. We should be hearing more about her! And, as you can tell by the stories, many women can relate to her difficult marriage. Thanks for the exposition. I just stumbled upon this site in my search for a question on Abigail.
After the death of Amnon, her son was supposed to be the heir but Absalom tried to usurp the throne. He went to her and had sex with her. She gave birth to a son and named him Solomon. He will build a temple for my name, and I will establish his royal throne forever. I will be a father to him, and he will be a son to me. The cultural tradition of primogeniture the right of the first-born son was frequently ignored by God. Esau was born first, but God chose Jacob.
Reuben was born first, but the line of Christ came through Judah, and Joseph saved the family and assumed authority over them. More on primogeniture in the Bible here. Marg, as always I really appreciate your article and how you illuminate women in Scripture. I have always admired Abigail for her courage, intelligence, quick thinking, and resourcefulness. I particularly love the image of her riding on a donkey, by herself as the servants went ahead , to meet David and men, wearing their swords, all angry and bent on revenge.
What courage! You mention that Nabal did not know who David was. I have wondered about that. I have often thought that it more likely that Nabal and the whole area knew exactly who David was because he was hiding out in the area with armed men. Hard to miss a group of that size. And it is clear that their presence in the area helped people like Nabal prosper because they actually protected the area from mauraders that would have otherwise stolen their sheep etc!
Samuel So I wonder if it is more a reflection of his contemptuous, disrespectful, foolish behaviour than a lack of awareness about who David was. I agree that David and his men would have been hard to miss. Thanks for that! Marg, I really enjoy reading your articles and how thought-provoking they are. So thanks for encouraging me to think about the passages and the women you write about. Significant learning comes out of our reading, discussion, sharing, and challenging one another to think in new and different ways about the various texts.
So appreciate you and you dedication to illuminating the women in Scripture. I really love this post. Am feeling like naming my future daughter Abigail already. Anyway, God will decide. God bless you writer. This soaring, prophetic speech envisions David at his greatest, not only as a successful soldier but as a compassionate sovereign and founder of a great dynasty. It is to this bright future that Abigail appeals, and it is this that elevates Abigail above just another wise woman.
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She was a beautiful and intelligent woman. Marg on April 28, at am. Marg on June 18, at pm. Rosie, You must really love Abigail! Anna on July 9, at pm. Marg on July 9, at pm. Oh Anna, thank you for honoring this page with the story of your precious Abigail. Grace and Peace Marg Reply. Marg on November 12, at pm.
Maybe you can write your own story about Abigail. Abigail on January 26, at pm. Marg on January 26, at pm. Chamee Her on February 9, at pm. Rosie on January 7, at pm. I am glad for the love God has put in my heart for him. It is amazing. Rosie Reply. Marg on January 8, at pm.
Bless you, Rosie. Pauline on March 11, at pm. Tammy on May 10, at am. Marg on May 10, at pm. I said a prayer for you and your boys, Tammy. Denise on May 15, at pm. Love this. Wanting to do a bible study on women in the bible with my bookclub. Thanks so much!! Louann on May 15, at pm. Evelyn on June 20, at am. Tania Vaughan on October 9, at pm. What a great article — Abigail is one of my favourite women of the Bible and I have studied it many times but your article gave me new insight into her biblical submission, which I had never before considered, thank you Reply.
Lisa on November 6, at pm. Abigail on November 12, at pm. I am Abigail and was prompted to revisit this story by a stranger i met yesterday. Marg on January 29, at pm. This sounds like a very difficult situation. I am unfamiliar with customs in India, and I doubt that I can give you advice, but I can pray. Electrocuted in police station, starved and with no water first 3 days and then 5 days, clinically dead twice, social authorities attacking her, police tapping her phone … Reply. Marg on January 30, at pm. Edward Karihe Maina on February 12, at pm. Camille Olcese on March 26, at am. Reny on April 27, at pm.
Dear Marg, Your exposition is one of the best that I have read. Chamee on April 28, at am. Marg on April 28, at pm. John Emmanuel on August 30, at pm. Liz Eph on January 3, at am. A number of things strike me as I read this lovely post. Marg on January 3, at am.
EBube on May 10, at pm. Dear Marg, Thanks for the exposition. I will appreciate your response to this.
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