Who is the man who fears the LORD? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose. His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land.
The Bible, many times, speaks in extremes for two main reasons: (1) the extreme is really true, and (2) it highlights the other side of the extreme. For example: “None is righteous, no, not one,” and, “there is no fear of God before their eyes” (Rom. 3:10, 18). If that is the case, and it is, who can then claim the blessing of Psalm 25:12-13?
The extreme of “no fear of God” is to highlight the Son of Man, Jesus, who said: “Your search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me” (John 5:39). Since the Scriptures testify of Christ, we have to find Jesus in Psalm 25:12-13.
Here we have the “other side” of the first extreme–“no fear of God.” This is to highlight Jesus is the One who truly meets today’s description. He is the One “who fears the LORD.” That means that “his offspring shall inherit the land”–ultimately a reference to the new earth. Isn’t it amazing that this is an absolute blank check? No qualities are ascribed to “his offspring,” except that they, for the sake of “the man who fears the LORD,” will “inherit the land.”
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