Beware of Old ladies with B-I-G Bibles

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Anger is not usually very pretty, but let’s face it, it can sometimes be quite entertaining.  Case in point:

…or maybe it’s just my skewed sense of humor….

It would be obvious to even the casual celestial alien observer that human anger frequently takes us by surprise.  And usually causes damage.  Sometimes irreparably so.   God says this about our wrath:

“…for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.”

With that in mind, I’m disappointed in how God’s wrath takes such a bum rap in the Old Testament. His is seen through our very self-serving and self-centered interpretation, based on our own emotional responses.  This is likewise dangerous, because God’s anger is not like our anger.

Consider this statement from the prophet Isaiah:

“So this is what the Lord, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, says: “O   my people in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrians when they oppress you with rod and club as the Egyptians did long ago.  In a little while my anger against you will end, and then my anger will rise up to destroy them… In that day the LORD will end the bondage of his people. He will break the yoke of slavery and lift it from their shoulders.”

God was angry, no bones about it, and not something to be glib about.  But, unlike ours, God wrath is infinitely different:

  1. It is completely just and controlled by His righteousness.
  2. It has a pre-determined end and a certain outcome.
  3. No human action takes HIm by surprise since His is omniscient.
  4. The warning concerning this anger was something that was well-defined in advance and based on our choices (cause-effect).
  5. (Here’s a big one)  Ultimately, it is regenerative, restorative, if we choose it to be.

King David had sinned (again).  God was giving him three choices of punishment: famine, enemy armies, or disease.  Notice David’s reaction:

“ ‘I’m in deep trouble,’ David said to Gad. ‘Let’s fall into the Lord’s hands because his mercy is great, but don’t let me fall into human hands.’ ”

(David was nobody’s fool.)

So enough with all this vengeful, mean, frowning picture of God.  I prefer to see it all in light of the Cross, or even more so, in light of the Empty Tomb.  ‘Cuz even though the former pays the justified price of my sin, the latter takes care of my desire for it!

And THAT is amazing grace.

  • Isaiah 10: 24, 25,27 Tyndale House Publishers Inc (2008-06-01). The One Year Bible NLT (One Year Bible: Nlt Book 2) (Kindle Locations 29800-29806). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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Author: dawnlizjones

Tends toward TMI, so here's the short list: guitar and banjo (both of which have been much neglected as of late), bicycling (ibid), dogs, very black tea, and contemplating and commenting on deep philosophical thoughts about which I have had no academic or professional training. Oh, also reading, writing, but I shy away from arithmetic.

10 thoughts on “Beware of Old ladies with B-I-G Bibles”

  1. I like your parentheses around the (again) when you were talking about David. He did, over and over and over, yet God had him back every time. He paid dearly for his actions, for literally generations, but God always restored David personally. Very cool that is.

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  2. This made me think of Chris Tomlin’s song “Amazing Love”. Yes, how can it be that our King died in our behalf and paid the price for the sins we commit over and over again? What a wonderful (and amazing) love He has for us.

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  3. Truly God’s wrath is just and righteous. I hear judgement against God in questions like, “If God is good, why do babies and little children suffer?” In situations like God destroying whole cities because of the sins of the mothers and fathers, I see great love in his taking the little ones too – redeeming them from evil in this world. What if he left them alone with no caretakers? What if he left them in homes of abuse with no hope for help? I think of the abuse going on in some places today, I think, “If I were God, I would stop that situation.” If he stops it via death, it is victory for the child! How many parents of kidnapped children just hope the child is dead rather than being abused day after day? If one of my little ones is taken, I would hope it is in Heaven rather than the slave of a sex maniac! The culprit is evil man who has free will and responsibility for his behavior. God knows and he judges righteously and loves passionately!

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    1. A similar conversation with a friend many years ago. Not understanding the cultural context makes God look like a real psychopath. We’re in the same boat. I do so appreciate your comments, and feel free, please, to disagree and correct.

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  4. I really connect with #5, God’s anger is restorative. Some struggle with the idea of God’s discipline, but it seems so natural that correction, rebuke, and training require an occasional honest word. Thanks for sharing. Great stuff!

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    1. Thank you for your kind and honest reply. In our human pain, we blame God for so much that isn’t His doing, and like someone who’s never been a parent, we disparage His disciplining when He does. Thanks so much for commenting.

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