Crosswalk.com aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. Crosswalk.com is your online destination for all areas of Christian Living – faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further divided into areas important to you and your Christian faith including Bible study, daily devotions, marriage, parenting, movie reviews, music, news, and more.

Intersection of Life and Faith

<< The Quest for Answers

The Quest for Answers - Week of June 9

  • 2014 Jun 09
  • COMMENTS

Why fear God?

Verse: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Some say that this conclusion only makes sense if the speaker has been transformed or is someone completely new.

Others say that this is simply the final conclusion of the Teacher’s hard, unblinking look at life. They say that though this book asks the difficult questions and is often cynical, it also shows sparks of faith. Indeed, this is not the first time we are urged to fear God (see Ecc 8:12–13). Now, however, faith is clearly favored over doubt.

Some think this conclusion was written by a wise man or editor other than the Teacher. They suggest he uses the writings of the Teacher primarily to demonstrate how futile they were. His intent, then, is to teach his son (or disciple: “My son” was a conventional way for a teacher to speak to his student, see Ecc 12:12) the better way—to fear God (see Ecc 12:13–14).

Either way, the doctrine of the Old Testament is summarized in a few short phrases. The reader is urged (1) to have a right relationship with God (“fear God”); (2) to maintain that relationship by following the law (“keep his commandments”); and (3) to anticipate a final and future judgment (“God will bring every deed into judgment”).

This devotion is from The Quest Study Bible by Zondervan. Used with permission.

Archives

Follow Crosswalk.com