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Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Do you wish to fear human being like you or the LORD? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that only the LORD GOD deserves our reverential fear IV. TEXT: Isaiah 8:11-13 (New Living Translation, Second

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I. EXORDIUM:

Do you wish to fear human being like you or the LORD?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that only the LORD GOD deserves our reverential fear

IV. TEXT:

Isaiah 8:11-13 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. He said,

“Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them.

Make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life. He is the one you should fear. He is the one who should make you tremble.

V. THESIS:

The LORD's Warnings: (1) Don't think like everyone else does, (2) Don't call everything a conspiracy, (3) Don't fear what they fear, (4) Fear and tremble only in the LORD

VI. TITLE:

Fear only the LORD

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Isaiah

B. Time of Prophecy: Reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah (Isaiah 1:1)

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Don't think like everyone else does. (Romans 12:2)

Romans 12:2 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

B. Don't call everything a conspiracy like they do. (2 Samuel 15:12)

2 Samuel 15:12 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

While Absalom was offering the sacrifices, he sent for Ahithophel, one of David’s counselors who lived in Giloh. Soon many others also joined Absalom, and the conspiracy gained momentum.

a. If you join a conspiracy, it will only grow worse.

C. Don't fear what they fear (2 Timothy 1:7)

2 Timothy 1:7 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

D. Fear and Tremble only in the LORD (Revelation 14:7,Revelation 15:4,Exodus 20:18-20)

Revelation 14:7 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

“Fear God,” he shouted. “Give glory to him. For the time has come when he will sit as judge. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all the springs of water.”

Revelation 15:4 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Who will not fear you, Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous deeds have been revealed.”

Exodus 20:18-20 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the ram’s horn, and when they saw the flashes of lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear.

And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!”

“Don’t be afraid,” Moses answered them, “for God has come in this way to test you, and so that your fear of him will keep you from sinning!”

IX. CONCLUSION:

Fear only the LORD to keep us from sinning against Him.


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