Genesis 22:12 ESV He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”
H3373 yârê' yaw-ray' Fearing; Morally reverent: afraid, fear or fearful.
The Hebrew word "yare" means reverence and awe but is not limited to that. It also means fear, fearful and afraid. I want to spend time expounding this over the next few weeks.
In Hebrew, "yirah", "yare" and "pachad" mean reverent fear, terror, or dread. Many believers see the fear of the Lord simply as respect or reverence. There are other words in Hebrew for mere respect, reverence, or honor, such as "kabad". Reverence, honor and respect for God are great things and are to be embraced, but the true fear of God moves us even beyond this.
Jonah 1:16 ESV Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows.
This Jonah verse reminds me of a lot of unbelievers today who get into a critical life crisis. "Lord get me out of this and I will do this and that and serve you all the days of my life". The fear here is a terror and dread.
Psalms 90:11-12 ESV Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you? (12) So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Psalms 119:120 ESV My flesh trembles for fear of you, and I am afraid of your judgments.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.