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God is holy in His being and generation who were not as enlightened as awesome in His essence. we. What a marvel that we have come to know this God; The Old Testament is replete with occa- what a responsibility to sions when men in all their frailty got a vision honor this God in our lives. We are reminded of God. John tells us that when they saw the that â€œholy and reverend is His Nameâ€ (Psa glory of God, they were actually seeing the 111:9). While a responsibility, it is also a Lord Jesus (John 12:41; Heb 1:3). Whether privilege to be able to bestow honor and to we consider Moses, Joshua, Isaiah, Gideon, display reverence to Him from a heart filled Manoah and his wife, or Daniel, every sight with worship for Him. of the throne and of the Throne-Sitter had the same response: a deep sense of unworthi- The Problem ness and a reverential posture before the Lord. Reverence was the result of these polar But what is reverence? The very mention opposites - who we are as mortal men, and of the word, to some, conjures up images of Who God is in His self-existent majesty. people with somber faces, tip-toeing into as- sembly gatherings, speaking in muted tones, An argument can be made that in this and looking as humble as possible. Dress is day of grace we have been made â€œsonsâ€ and rigorously prescribed: white shirts only for enjoy the intimacy of knowing the majestic men and three piece suits, no open toed and awesome God as our Father. Point well shoes for the sisters, and only black or similar taken! But keep in mind that when John had drab colors for both the suits of the brethren a vision of the risen Christ in Revelation 1, and the dresses of the sisters. Total silence he, the sole disciple who knew what it was to prior to the meetingâ€™s commencement and actually recline on Jesusâ€™ breast, fell at His feet somberness bordering on melancholy are the as dead. So great was the majesty, so over- order of the day. A uniformity which borders whelming the sight that the only suitable on cult-like adherence is stamped on the place was at His feet. minds of many in association with the word â€œreverence.â€ As a result, the concept of rever- Reverence as a theme is not absent in the ence is almost mocked in our contemporary New Testament. As a word, it is actually society as something linked with a previous mentioned seven times in the OldTestament, and an equal number in the New Testament.