Fear and Worship of God

Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac.
Fear and Worship of God
Jacob does not swear by the God of Nahor or Terah, but he swears by a God who is closer, that is, by the God whom his father fears and worships, by Christ, according to the commandments and promises of God. For hypocrites also serve God but by the commandments and tradition of men. It is as Isaiah and Christ say (Isaiah 29:13; Matthew 15:8): "This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me." No one comes closer to God with the lips, no one employs the name of God more frequently, than hypocrites. But God proclaims that their worship is idolatrous. . .. If Christ, then, is to be our fear, that is, when He should be worshiped by us, it is necessary that we have the Word and promise of God. Such fear or dread is true worship, which brings it to pass in us that we despise all other dread and terrors, as Isaiah says (8:12-13): "Do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the Lord you shall regard as holy." He will protect you well, and you must consider that He is to be feared, revered, and worshiped, who speaks with you. "If you do this, then I the Lord will be your fear," He says. For you have a certain and firm Word, and when you retain it, you will not err in your divine worship.
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