Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 1 Study # 5
February 18, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<322> Thesis: Jesus' "deliverance" of Simon et. al. consisted of two issues: the removal of "fear" and the reorientation of "labor". Introduction: This morning we are going to revisit an old theme: the problem of "fear". In Luke's record, he tells us that the words of Gabriel to Zacharias in 1:13 were "Fear not...". In 1:30 Gabriel says the same thing to Mary. In 2:10 the shepherds were told to "Fear not...". Now, in 5:10 we read that Jesus' words to Peter, James, and John began with the command: "Fear not." Clearly, "fear" seems to be two things at once: in the first place, it is a knee-jerk reaction by men when they are confronted by "heaven"; and, in the second place, it is an attitude that must die if the fearful one is to ever become an expression of God's true intent in the creation of man.