Psalm 111: 10 – “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments.” The fear of the LORD describes an obedient response of wonder and awe before the Most High God.
Hebrews 10:26, 27 – “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.” The reference here to sin willfully is not an occasional act of sin (which can be confessed and forgiven) but a conscious rejection of God. The Old Testament speaks in Numbers 15:30, 31 of committing willful sin. If a Christian rejects God’s provision for his or her salvation, there is no other remedy for sins, since forgiveness of sins can only be found in Christ’s perfect sacrifice.
After Jesus had fasted for 40 days and was tempted by the devil he began his ministry in Galilee. We pick up the text in Mark 1: 14, 15 – “Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.'” Jesus proclaimed the kingdom of God. It was the subject of much Old Testament prophecy, and the theme was familiar to Jesus’ listeners. Repent, and believe are both acts of faith. When a person accepts the only true and worthy object of faith , that person readily turns from inferior substitutes.
Ecclesiastes 5: 2-5: “Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes through much activity, and a fool’s voice is known by his many words. When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; for He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vowed – better not to vow than to vow and not pay.” The contrast between God’s righteous might and our sinful nature should cause us to revere the Almighty. One should not attempt to bribe God with a hasty vow, because a vow is a commitment to show one’s love for the Lord.