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Last Sunday Ben pointed us to Jesus saying to his disciples as they left all to follow him, “Don’t be afraid”. The same phrase is used many times throughout the Bible in many different circumstances.
In Exodus, when the Israelites were panicking because of the pursuing Egyptians, Moses told them, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.” (Exodus 14:13).
When the King of Aram sent horses and chariots to capture Elisha. His servant rose early in the morning and saw the city surrounded. “ ’Don’t be afraid’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ ” (Referring to the angel armies surrounding Elisha). (2 Kings 6:16)
When David encouraged Solomon in building the Temple. “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid and discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.” (1 Chr. 28:20)
One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you….” (Acts 18:9)
A hymn by Gerald Markland ends with these words,
You are mine, O my child; I am your father,
And I love you with a perfect love.
Do not be afraid,
For I have redeemed you.
I have called you by your name;
You are mine.
Stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will bring today.