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Loving an Angry God

Gillian Bethel

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  • January 28, 2018
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Loving and angry God is my topic. And this is been a personal journey for me I've been an Adventist for over forty years and I love God and I am so thankful for the salvation that he has provided for me. Me But there has always been something I put on the back burner and it was God's anger it was passages like the one we've just read in Revelation fourteen the Y. in of the wrath of God poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation sinners burning in the presence of of the Lamb and of the Father and the holy angels and it conjured up in my mind something like you know ancient Rome when they burned the Christians for torches and fed the rest of them to lions and horrible you know and I thought I know God's Love You know that's OK we'll just not think about this part but I realized recently that. It's my calling to prepare the way for Christ second coming and I have a message to give and it's the third angel's message which we just heard and I love that message I love the part about the patience of the saints and the faith you know and the righteousness by faith I love that part but I always stumbled on the part about the wind of the wrath of God I don't know if you're in the same situation. So over the Christmas break I started praying Lord I would like to love you more I would like to know you better please will you show me more of your character and every seem like everywhere I turned I was bumping into the anger of God. And I thought well you know I really need to face up to this so I started praying Lord help me to understand your anger. And it's been a very interesting study it's really helped me to love him more in the end so I want to take you on the path that I took and see if it helps you also maybe if you feel the same way I did about God's anger that it would help you to see it from another perspective so really the root of the problem I found was the way I was thinking about anger Scuse me I have to clean my throat This is terrible. We're all getting over flew here. Yeah so I was thinking of God's anger the way I think of man's anger and I don't like anger I wasn't raised with anger my my father was one of the most patient men I have ever met he never lost his temper with me he never punished me and I are he always spoke quietly and calmly if there was something wrong and so kind of I'm almost afraid of some people's anger I've seen people getting out of control with anger humor knowing can be very very nasty there are two kinds of human anger that I could think of one was the hot impulsive kind of anger maybe most of us of experience that it would be like when most is killed the Egyptian right he didn't start out that morning and say I think I'll go and kill an Egyptian Today he but things have been building up in his mind he'd been watching the treatment of the hebrews by the Egyptians and he was getting more and more resentful about it and when he saw that one event it just was the last straw and he looked around no one was looking and he did something he hadn't intended to do well you know we haven't killed anybody but we have sometimes said things and done things as a result of that kind of anger and afterwards realize why did I That's one kind of anger the other kind is the cold. Kind of calculating anger the coal smoldering fire and that would be something like when when he saw decided he was going to kill Jake Jacob had had taken his birthright away from him. With a bowl of lentils and now he's stolen the blessing and he decided when my father dies I'm going to kill so he waited and of course Jacob had to flee and he kept that cold smoldering and all those years until Jacob was on his way back and it was only by the intervention of God that he didn't kill Jacob even after all that time he was just waiting for an opportunity that's a very scary kind of anger but both kinds of anger are a buildup of resentment both kinds of anger are usually revenge for the same selfishness in their you know you hurt me so while her back and sometimes we look at God's anger like that and I found that those were the spectacles I was wearing when I considered the anger of God in the Bible it can sound that way let's just read a passage I'm going to actually take you to a longish packet passage Second Kings Chapter twenty one come with me we're going to do a lot of Bible study this morning Second Kings Chapter twenty one I want to read to you about wicked Kingman Nasser now Monastir was the son the only son of King has a car good King has a car good King has a car who did so much for Israel and monastic even code reigned with him for ten years and yet when Nasser did so much wickedness if there was ever a king that was an enemy of God it was Monastir So I'm just going to read this because I want you to get the feel for how God's anger comes across in here Second Kings twenty one will start at verse one and I'm going to go all the way to. Go OK. All right men after I was twelve years old Second Kings Chapter twenty one verse one was twelve years old when he began to rain and rain fifty and five years in Jerusalem and his mother's name was Hepzibah and he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord after the abominations of the heathen whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. For he built up again the high places which has acquired his father had destroyed and he rid of up altars for bail and made a grove and did as did a had king of Israel and worshiped all the host of heaven and serve them and he built altars in the house of the Lord in the temple of which the Lord said in Jerusalem will I put my name and he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord how provoking is that and he made his son pass through the fire and observe times and used enchantments and dealt with familiar spirits some Wizards he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord to provoke him to anger. And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house of which the Lord said to David and to Solomon his son in this house and in Jerusalem which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel I will put Will I put my name for ever neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers only if they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them and according to all the laws that my servant Moses commanded them but they hearken not I'm a NASA seduce them to do more evil than did the nations whom the Lord destroyed before the children of Israel and the Lord spake by his servants the prophets saying because Monastir king of Juda have done these abominations and have done wickedly above all that the Amorites did which were before him and have made Judah also to sin with his idols therefore the vast Seth the Lord God of Israel be hold I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah that whosoever here is of it both his ears shouting goal and I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samarian the plummet of the house of a Hab and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wife with a dish wiping it and turning it upside down and I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance and deliver them into the hand of their enemies and they shall become a prey under spoil to all their enemies because they have done that which was evil in my sight and have provoked me to anger since the day their fathers came forth out of Egypt even unto this day. Or oh now you could look at this by saying OK So God told Israel to do certain things and they didn't do it and they did all the things that he told them not to do and they provoked him to anger so he got really angry with them and he took it out on them you hurt me I'm going to hurt you more but God is a God of love that can't be right can or can't be right but it's that was the set of eyeglasses I was wearing when I wrote about God's anger and I went. You know I don't like this but I want us to try to separate the anger of man that we have in our minds from the anger of God and what finally helped me make the breakthrough on this was reading in the I don't why it where she talks about God's righteous anger and I went oh I like this a different name for it that will help me separate it and I can think of God's righteous anger as being different what is God's righteous anger about so I went to look and the place I started was in Exodus thirty four we will actually find God's righteous anger in what we've just read about Monastir keep your finger in the air but come with me to Exodus thirty four where God reveals his character to Moses Exodus Chapter thirty four let's read six and seven you know these verses. And the Lord passed by before him proclaimed the Lord the Lord God merciful and gracious long suffering and abundant in goodness and truth I mean Exodus thirty four verse seven keeping mercy for thousands forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin and that will by no means clear the guilty I can handle that visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and upon the children's children under the third and fourth generation. You know my human eye glasses I was seeing OK they made me angry so all get their children back. But know that's not God's character the service something else here but the other one's about God being merciful gracious long suffering and abundant in goodness and truth let's go see that in his anger with men women Asser come back to Second Kings Let's see how long suffering God's anger was in chapter twenty one so verses fourteen and fifteen say I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance and deliver them into the hand of their enemies and downs of first fifteen it says because they have done that which was evil in my sight and proud of provoke me to anger since the days their fathers came forth out of Egypt do you know how long that would be that was almost eight hundred years that he had borne with his people doing things that he had specifically asked them not to do provoking him to anger eight hundred years so obviously God's anger is not out of control and was it that he was coldly hanging on to his anger to wait for the right moment to strike them no second Peter three nine don't bother to go there but it says God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance he's long suffering not waiting the right time to get his own back on people but because he hates to punish he hates to bring the consequences of their evil and their sins on them he waits and he pleads with them as he did with men after he sent prophets to man ass or a master didn't pay any attention is God's anger merciful and gracious we will find it is if you come with me to Second Chronicles which is the other part of this story Second Chronicles chapter thirty three tells us more about what happened with Minister this is very interesting some of it's the same but it tells us something else that happened so Second Chronicles certainly three let's start at verse nine. Second Chronicles chapter thirty three verse nine. And it says so Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to Aaron to do worse than the heathen whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel and the Lord spoke to man Nasser and his people but they wouldn't hearken and he sent several prophets a massive killed most of them it says in verse eleven wherefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the host of The King of Assyria which took my Nasser among the thorns and bounce it bound him with fetters and carried him to Babylon and when he was in affliction he business sought the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers or Lord get me out of this and I worship you forever from a live press for those in trouble but Manasseh began to really think about what he had been doing it says verse thirteen and pray done to him and he was intreated God was intreated means he listened and he did what Minister asked he heard his supplications he brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom Isn't that incredible After all men are so had done God not only took him out of prison he could have left him there to rot he could have let the Assyrians killed him but no he brought him back and he really is stablished him in his kingdom he didn't let anybody else take the throne while man after was there now is that mercy and grace yes that is God's gracious anger you see God's anger is corrective it's not vengeful it acts with the best interests of his enemy in mind it was mixed with mercy and grace and Lamentations three thirty one. Limitations three thirty one through thirty three let's find that lemon Taishan instructor three verse thirty one through thirty three it says. For the Lord will not cast of for ever. But though he caused grief yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies for he does not afflict unwillingly nor grieve the children of men. He hates to do it you know just those of you that have children you know how this goes they just reach the point where you know that some serious correction is needed but you hate to do it you really do you don't want to cause them pain and grief but if you don't then things are going to get a lot worse so it's the mercy and grace and it's also the goodness of God of parents to stop things from just escalating and escalating these ear tingling consequences what were they all about remember that in the old covenant God had stated very clearly if you break the covenant these are the things that are going to happen to you they were things that would happen to a small nation back in those times and you miss would come in. You know they would be besieged they would maybe even have to eat their children it got so bad there would be no rain they would starve they would they would be thirsty they would be hungry all of that stuff is what happens when God when God withdraws his blessing which he has to do when people sin so God is a God of goodness now Manasseh came back and tried to straighten things out he took out only idols he tried to put back things in the temple the way they should be here tried to encourage the nation to worship God and his grandson was good King has a car you know sorry Josiah get this right good King Josiah was his grandson and Josiah did so much to restore the worship of God in Israel and yet about one hundred years after man Nasser made his U. turn God still brought consequences on the nation of Judah Why was that. Was God punishing the children for the Father since. Everybody reaps the punishment for their own sins Josiah removed the idol worship from the land but he couldn't remove it from people's hearts and so it kept creeping back and they kept going back to idol worship and going back to idol worship and this is how the sins of the fathers end up with the children the children continue the sins of the fathers if the children continue the sins of the fathers God has to do something though he's merciful though he's gracious though he waits to punish though he tries very hard to turn everybody around if they won't he has to bring some consequences and it was so interesting what happened with Judah remember Manasseh was taken to Babylon by the Assyrians into captivity right he was God left in there long enough for him to realise what he done and to plead with God forgive me forgive me and then he brought him back and God did exactly the same with the nation in the end he had to let them go into captivity and he waited for them to think about why are we here what's gone wrong was God deserted us when they finally were ready he brought them back and Reus tablets them in their Kingdom just like men asked of that is the goodness and mercy of God the goodness is that sooner or later there need to be consequences because he just can't let sin escalate and escalate sometimes rarely in the Bible there are very final consequences like with Sodom and Gomorrah but usually there is mercy usually there is another opportunity another chance and that's what God did with his people so often so if God is so kind why does he get angry about sin anyway why doesn't he just calmly say OK I told you long ago what was going to happen if you continued sinning you've continued sending here the consequences I'm sorry but this is what I have to do why does he get provoked anger. Is it that God is losing his temper no right when we get provoked Rangar attack. But not with God What happens when God gets angry I went and investigated the word for Actually it was a phrase all in one word provoked anger and it turns out that in Hebrew that means troubled troubled and it includes a number of things it includes anger grief sorrow and indignation So it's really a term that covers being a motion least. By something and God's righteous anger is like that since stirs God He cannot just sit by calmly and watch but it stirs him to more than just righteous indignation Let's go to the New Testament and let's see Jesus being angry because this is going to help us a lot understand God's anger turn with me to march up to three march up to three. And we will read verses one to six marked up to three. Reading at verse three and I mean verse one in March up to three it says and he entered again into the synagogue and there was a man there which had a withered hand and they watched him who's They Pharisees right they watched him whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day that they might accuse him and he said unto the man which had the withered hand stand forth and he said I found to them is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days or to do evil to save life or to kill but they held their peace they didn't say a word first five when he had looked round on them in anger he just heard there and looked back at them grieved for the hardness of their hearts. He said unto the man stretched forth fine hand and he stretched it out and his hand was restored whole as the other and the Pharisees went forth and straightway took counsel with the road aeons against him how they might destroy him what when with his anger grief he was grieved Now this is a very interesting word Also I don't spend my time looking up things in Strong's Concordance but this one is interesting it means grieved with its like when someone has been bereaved and you go and grieve with them you sympathize with their grief so the experts are a little confused they're like how can this be because nobody was grieving right the Pharisees weren't grieving but Jesus was grieving with them and what they came up with and this is fair enough that if the Pharisees had realized how hard their hearts were if they'd seen clearly they would have been grieving for their moral condition they would have seen what terrible shape they were in they didn't see it but Jesus saw it so Jesus grieved with them he grieved the grief that they should have been grieving along with his anger see it's that same sense of being troubled not just annoyed not at all annoyed just the anger against sin and the grief of a sinner. So God's righteous anger is a deep emotional stirring of his heart of love both anger and grief for the moral condition of human beings who will not come to him and have life I mean how frustrating can it be you you do everything to provide a way out of sin for sinners and they won't take it that's sad as well as something very frustrating. Imagine how God feels then if he feels this every time he sees sin a match in how he feels looking at the center of the world right now you know I hate to even look at the news but God sees everything in every heart on the whole planet what kind of grief and anger is that causing him you see apart from the hardening that sin causes there's another effect of sin that deeply angers and grieves God It says it in Isaiah fifty nine two it says your sins have separated between you and your God You don't need to go to that one we know this right your sins have separated between you and your God your iniquities I think it says there's a separation and the something else I discovered in scripture a while ago that and that now dovetails into this I discovered a phrase I will be your God and you shall be my people if you read that one before I will be your God and you shall be my people you should have read that because it's all through Scripture I discovered it expresses God's deep desire for closeness with the human race specifically at first with Israel he wants to be our God He wants us to be his people and the enemy that stops that from happening is Sin Sin separates but there is a problem here God can't just go after sin because sin is something people do sin is something I do in my life things I think things I do and the trouble is that people who sin and don't repent of it will eventually be destroyed with it. That's the separation and so God's whole purpose in the plan of salvation is to separate people from their sin so they can be his people and he can be their God that he cannot make people his people he cannot be their God when they're in open rebellion and sin so sin is the enemy but he has to separate us from it. If people refuse to be separated from their sin it stops God from being their God and them from being his people and it results in their ultimate destruction and that causes God more pain than we can ever imagine and very great anger against sin sin is stopping him from achieving his goal. And I want to show this to you in Scripture we're going to take a little time and look at some text because I want you to see this is the heart longing of God I will be there God they shall be my people so let's look at a few scriptures it's all through the Bible it started with one man Abraham because God's plan of salvation is interesting you know he starts with one man then from that one man one nation and then extending outwards because God's plan was always that the one man and then the one nation and now his church would be models for other people to see well how wonderful it is to have God as your God and to be his people it was supposed to be a demonstration So that's the reason God took this route but it's been very painful he started with Abraham Let's go to Genesis seventeen. Only half of that statement is here but it's the very beginning this is where God establishes the everlasting covenant Genesis seventeen with his servant Abraham and the everlasting covenant is something that was made between the father in the Son way back in eternity the plan for what would happen. Not if but when because they knew what was going to happen what would happen when mankind fell Genesis seventeen eight God promises to Abraham and I will give unto thee and to that I seed after the the land where in the hour after stranger all the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession and I will be their god. God's eternal purpose now come to live it is twenty six that was the everlasting covenant started with Abraham and went arching all through down to the New Testament times it's the covenant that God invites us into as well but in between all of that the words the old covenant which we started all this in our Sabbath school lesson during the summer but come with me to Leviticus twenty six and here is God speaking to Israel as he inaugurate them as his special people Leviticus Chapter twenty six verse eleven. It says and I will set my tabernacle among you and my soul shall not a bore you and I will walk among you and being your god and ye shall be my people God almost sounds excited doesn't he I mean he's finally been able to bring this about to bring them to this point where they enter into a covenant relationship with him that he will be their God and they will be his people and this is God's longing this is what he wants so it's a good start but. You know what happened for hundreds of years right what he told me Nasser ever since I brought you out of Egypt you've been provoking me to you've been disobey me you've been breaking my covenant you have been letting me down and I can't be your god anymore down in Jose or chapter one after nearly eight hundred years of sin and disobedience and rebellion with an occasional bright spot where there was a king that did the right thing Daniel Hosea it's after Daniel and your home. Was searched up to one thousand and ten this is so sad. The Lord asked Jose or to name his children according to the message that he had for the people at that time and in verse. Nine it says then said God called his name Lo am I For you are not my people and I will not be your god. I can't do this anymore you've broken the covenant you are not my people so I am sorry I can't be your god but look at verse ten yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea remember his promise to Abraham your offspring will be as the sand of the sea which cannot be measured or numbered and it shall come to pass that in the place where it was said to them young not my people there it shall be said unto them Ye are the sons of the Living God there was hope the worst going to be another chance in God's anger after the captivity there was going to be an opportunity to come back and be his people again and we know that this actually didn't happen to Israel and Judah very sadly but the promise was there come with me to Gen Jeremiah thirty one and this is a promise that we also encounter in the New Testament the new covenant promise but this was addressed to the house of Israel and the House of Judah remember the kingdom had divided both kingdoms went into captivity at different times but God made provision for both of them to come back so Jeremiah thirty one thirty one through thirty three Chapter thirty one verse thirty one. There Yet OK. It says Behold the days shall come said the Lord that I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and with the House of Judah not according to the covenant the time made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt which my covenant they break although I was a husband to them said the Lord it certainly wasn't God's fault that they broke the covenant He tried so hard but this shall be the covenant verse thirty three that I will make with the House of Israel after those days Seth the Lord I will put my law in their inward parts and write it in their heart and what and will be their God and they shall be my people I'm going to make this half an hour put my lure in their hearts to help them but they've got to obey me they've got to stop sinning and then I can be their God and they can be my people I promise. This same promise is in the New Testament in the book of Hebrews we won't go there because the goal of the old and the new covenant were really the same to bring people back to being God's people and keeping his law of love and God wanted this to be extended to all the nations of the world and so in our time in the New Testament Here it is anyone can be God's people anyone can have him to be their God and that was God's original plan but still in spite of that in spite of the fact God knew that in the end it was going to happen it hurts some March to be separated from his people. Back in Hosea I don't think we'll take the time to go there but who say leaven says God saying how shall I give you our coat Ephraim talking to the northern kingdom how shall I deliver the oh Israel I don't want you to have to go through my anger but I have to do this to you but oh hour shall I How shall I give you up this is so hard Remember what Jesus said when he was coming into Jerusalem with the procession and he stopped on the Mount of Olives Mount of Olives and he looked down of general over Jerusalem and he said oh Jerusalem Jerusalem thou that stone is the profits you know I have tried so hard to gather you to myself like a hen gathers her chicks under her wings and you would not and your house is left unto you desolate thinking forward to the destruction of Jerusalem the separation from God's people that their sin makes pains God even though he punishes for people's good and as a corrective measure. But. But yes. But there is a greater revelation of God's anger and of his grief and of His love than we've come across so far here in our study what do you suppose it is what is the greatest revelation of God's pain God's grief God's anger. The crucifixion exactly right now and why it says. The cross is a revelation to our dull senses of the pain that from its very inception sin has brought to the heart of God the pain that from its very inception sin has brought to the heart of God So let's think what was the most painful part of the cross. Was it the nails in the hands it was the separation it was the separation remember how Jesus used the words of some twenty two verse one my God my God why has there forsaken me why was there a separation on the cross between the Father and the son because of sin because he was bearing the sins of the world and he was going through the separation that we should go through because of our sins in the final destruction he was feeling the pressure the pain the separation of all that sin between him and his father Elam was says Christ will feel the anguish which the sinner will feel when mercy shall no longer plead for the guilty race yes but he felt way more than that because think of how close Christ was with his father there won a white calls it the sundering of the divine powers it had never ever happened before or since it just wasn't a sense that God wasn't very happy with him it was a true sundering a true separation from his father that broke his heart on the cross that was the separation the pain that has been in God's heart over sense because of the separation sin causes with us but there's more what else did Jesus experience for us on the cross. Let's go back to Revelation fourteen Revelation Chapter fourteen nine and ten because Revelation forty nine and ten is describing the ultimate destruction of sin and sinners right the second death. And what kind of death to Christ die on the cross. The second death you know it occurred to me and this was absolutely mind boggling thought that Jesus is the only being in the universe who has ever truly died and he is the life giver the creator how ironic is that he took the anger of God for our sin upon himself and that RAF's was on mixed look in chapter fourteen verse ten the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation and he shall be tormented with Christ tormented I think so come with me to some eighty eight and I think this gives us a small glimpse of what Christ experienced with God's unmixed wrath against sin aimed at him some eighty eight verse six. Some eighty eight starting at verse six I imagine this is something of what Jesus felt it says that has laid me in the lowest pit in darkness in the deep south by Raph lie of hard upon me and that has to flick to me with all via waves come to verse fourteen Lord why I cast is the hour of my soul why hide is there although I face from me I am afflicted and ready to die for my youth up while I suffer by terrorists I am distracted by fierce wrath go it over me fight terrorists have cut me off the terror. The sense of crushing anger that Christ felt on the cross is something we should have felt but he did it for us and the pure wrath of God is as strong as his love because that's how much he hates the sin that has separated him from the people that he wants to be his people. But here is the mind blowing thing think about this Jesus bore that wrath for us and God suffered with his song God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself God never wanted any human being to experience His wrath against sin so he bore it himself to give a way out anyone who wants. God never wanted any of us to experience His wrath against sin so he bore it himself to make a way out for us so Revelation fourteen ten turns out to be the final core to God's people on earth or rather to the people of Earth to be God's people this is your last chance I have to destroy sin please be my people so that you don't have to experience my unmixed Raphe God's wrath in Revelation fourteen is unmixed it's not mixed with Mercy anymore. But I wonder if it will still be accompanied by grief for the sinner. Is it your thirty three eleven says you don't need to go to say unto them as I live Seth the Lord God I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked but that the wicked turn from his way and live turn need her knee from your evil ways for why will you die or house of Israel. God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked and you know I don't suppose this was divinely inspired but Lars just in and who is one of my very favorite artists did a picture called destruction and lost it was this destruction and sorrow and you've probably all seen it in this picture Christ is standing in the foreground behind him is the entire thing golfed in flames now remember I pictured this is you know Christians going to the lions you know it says that they're going to be tormented in the presence of the Lamb and presence of God in the Angels and it sounded like yeah they're going to be watching and you have finally But no in this picture and I believe this is how it truly is Christ had his back to it and then he had his face in his hands like that because of the sorrow it was causing him to watch even those who he tried everything with and would not accept His mercy to watch those people being destroyed was more than he could deal with that GOD I first encountered that picture with an article called The God of Hell the God of Hell is not rubbing his hands saying great Finally I got them the God of Hell is in grief and pain because of the eternal separation that sin makes with his people that he wanted to be his people not his people those who would not be his people that he wanted to be his people and he wanted to be their god. So does this help you see the anger of God differently it has really helped me I found out a lot about God's righteous anger and it has helped me appreciate his character of love. Let me just run through what we've seen God's anger is not uncontrolled It's not revenge for it's the opposite of man's anger it reflects his character of unselfish love God's anger is long suffering hoping people will come to repentance. Through history God's anger has been corrective providing consequences but mixed with mercy and grace to draw his enemies to repentance just like he did with man after only occasionally has his anger come as a final judgment like it did on Sodom and Gomorra like it will have to do in the future destruction of sin God's anger is abundant in goodness and truth it's forgiving because of the cross but where there's no repentance God's goodness requires him to deal justly and truthfully with sin God feels deeply over sin and sinners his anger at sin is accompanied by pain over the separation from his people and grief for those going astray and the cross is the greatest revelation of God's anger love and pain out of love for us the Father and Son themselves suffered the pain of final separation caused by sin and the final manifestation of God's wrath on mixed with mercy against sin they suffered it so we wouldn't have to so I've realized actually that this has brought me closer to God I've realized that I can also appreciate his character of love so well if I ignore his anger because his anger shows how much he cares so now. After studying about God's anger I don't have a problem reading about it in scripture any more I've got a different set of eyeglasses to look at it through I don't mind reading the third angel's message I feel much more ready to explain that to people who think the God of the Old Testament is an angry God and I don't find loving our angry God to be coddled to. You this media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more service lead to visit W W W dot audio Verse dot org.

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