The OT repeatedly illustrates what NT doctrine means. Faith comes by hearing God’s Word, and the people of Egypt, heathen scum though they be, illustrate what God means by hearing His Word.
Plagues have hit Egypt already and more are coming. The latest is an incredible hailstorm that will kill any living thing left out. The people are warned that hail is coming, stay indoors!
“He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses: And he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and his cattle in the field.”
Hearing God’s word means doing God’s Word and the reason we do God’s Word is because God is His Word. God is great, deserving of fear, therefore, His Word is to be feared.
Fearing God’s Word is synonymous with faith. I do not listen to many pronouncements of my 11-year old daughter. No matter how adamant she is that there was an Alamo War, I do not believe her.
I act on very few things she says because I do not fear her, her knowledge, nor her abilities. I imagine that when I am 87 and can hardly hear or see, I will fear her word more and listen up. But now, nope.
Both my daughter and I need to fear God’s Word. He’s the one who knows everything; we are the ones who are to be humbly submissive to what He says.
God is not mocked. Professing to have faith and yet disregarding His Word do not go together. God does great things in those who fear His Word.
“Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.”