Monday, 9 May 2011

naomi's question of the day - #2

"naomi's question of the day" is a new feature of the Nishmablog featuring a question for you to ponder, extend and/or respond to through your comments. 


May 9, 2011

In Hallel it says:
Let those who fear the Lord declare that His kindness is everlasting
-- if His kindness is everlasting, why are we afraid of Him?


Garnel Ironheart said...

Elephants are also kind but I'm afraid of getting too close to their back ends.

Nishma said...

Fear as the Rambam and others point out is the low level of Yirah or Norah.

It is for the young, the immature

Higher levels include ahavah - love and yirat haromm'mut

This higher level yirah is usually translated as AWE


As we grow to maturity we REVERE G-d because of HIS awesome works.

We quake in front of HIM not because of HIS being tough on us, but because of HIS sheer power; as we quake before a nuclear power plant or Niagara Falls because of the awesome unleashing of MIGHT.