September 22: Listening with Adam

We’ve seen some of the ways to listen to God already, but today we’ll highlight a way not to listen to God.

[10] And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

Genesis 3:10

Adam responded to God’s voice with fear – but the wrong kind of fear.

Adam was afraid, while we’re told to have the ‘fear of the Lord’

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether

Psalm 19:9

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Proverbs 19:10

Adam was afraid, in Hebrew: waira. This is where we’re told fear not. Don’t be frightened, scared, paralyzed, forced to hide.

Fear of the Lord, fear, in Hebrew: yirat. This is the idea of reverence.

A way to visualize reverence is to ‘bow the knee.’ Here’s a song from our friend Ron Hamilton (Patch the Pirate) on how to reverence our God!

Bow the Knee, by Ron Hamilton

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