From Pastor’s Desk: 3-27-16
Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.
“The fear of the LORD,” or reverential awe of our Eternal, Self-existent Jehovah has many benefits, two of which are the beginning of wisdom and knowledge:
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth forever.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Jesus said He came to give life, and that more abundantly (John 10:10). John said “In Him was life…” (John 1:4). Baptism carries with it the doctrine of walking with Him in newness of life (Romans 6:4). David wrote “Bless the LORD O my soul, and all that is within me…” (Psalm 103:1). When writing about the effect of Scripture, the writer of Hebrews penned, “…the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (4:12). In the marrow, in the interior of the bone, is where the life-stream flows. By definition it is: …a soft, fatty, vascular tissue in the interior cavities of bones that is a major site of blood cell production.
Adam Clarke’s Commentary: The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life] Myyx rwqm mekor chaiyim, the vein of lives. Another allusion to the great aorta which carries the blood from the heart to all the extremities of the body. Of this phrase, and the tree of lives, Solomon is particularly fond. See on Pr 4:23; 10:12.
Couple Adam Clarke’s remarks with the definition of marrow it is easy to see how the “fountain of life” refers to our very existence, turning us from the snares of death. When the life-blood stops flowing, we are dead. But as long as the blood flows from the “fountain of life” we are very much alive.
We are, indeed, fearfully and wonderfully made! (Psalm 139:14).