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Proverbs 16:6 In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil.
Job 28:28 And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.’”
The sons of Eli did not fear God and performed many evil things in the house of the Lord. Nadab and Abihu brought profane fire before the Lord. If we see these incidents, in both scenarios, sons of Eli and sons of Aaron were called to do the work of God in the tabernacle as a priest. Both did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and were perished by the hand of the Lord. What is missing from them even when they are working for God as a priest? The fear of the LORD is missing. In the case of the sons of Eli, God said in I Sam 3:14 “… the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever” The sons of Eli rejected God, did not have the fear about God, and pushed their limit that there is no more atonement for them. When all these things happened, they were not able to obey the voice of their Father because God desired to kill them (I Sam 2:24). Prov 16:6 says “…And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil” If we do not have this basic foundational character in us, we would be bold to do evil things in the sight of the Lord, even in the church and its related activities. We can see today and hear many reports about this. Men who serve God in the name of Pastor or priest or committee member, they steal money from the offerings, they commit sexual immorality, they speak deceit words to steal their jewels and money from them, all in the name of Jesus and His church. Such bold activities are performed, because of the lack of fear of the LORD. All such men who once anointed by God, received the Holy Spirit and enjoyed the goodness of God will face the judgment of God. Many can speak about ‘in depth’ truth in their sermon, but if they lack the fear of God then there is no wisdom in that sermon and it will not produce any understanding to the hearers. Fear of God should not leave us. If it leaves from our character and in our approach to Christ’s work, then we will be automatically out of His will.