"SO THE ANGER OF THE LORD WAS KINDLED AGAINST MOSES . . ." (Exodus 4:14 -              

     Fierce anger is an essential aspect of God's divine nature. Bible writers sometimes refer to His anger as "the wrath". The anger of God is one of the most misunderstood aspects of His love. 

     God was angry when he destroyed the earth in the days of Noah. He was angry when He rained fire down on Sodom and Gomorrah. God's anger is that which prompted Him to send His only Son to die on the Cross of Calvary, washing away the sins of all who accepted His vicarious death on Calvary's cruel cross. 

     Both God's love and anger will be expressed at the day of judgment when Gabriel sounds the last trumpet and ALL  are resurrected. That is when the GOATS are placed to His left and the SHEEP to His right. The goats, which will be the vast majority, are cast into eternal damnation and the sheep into eternal life with Him. Read carefully Matthew 25:31-46. 

     Unlike many humans, God does not become angry because of the "heat of the moment". On the contrary, God's anger is rationally retributive. The Psalmist wrote that God is "angry with the wicked everyday". Psa. 7:11 (NKJV). How wonderful it is to serve a God Who understands all our emotions perfectly, to learn from His wisdom, to hold dear His utter hatred of evil, and to obey His command to be cautious in how we act upon our anger. (Ephesians 4:26-31.) 

     When Moses encountered God's anger, it was not the wrath of an indignant dictator. Rather, it was the intensity of a loving God. Moses was about to miss a great destiny. But, God not willing to leave him to a ho-hum existence flashed His anger in an effort to capture Moses undistracted attention. No, God was not being egotistic nor eccentric. God's love would not let Moses miss his opportunity.

     God's anger is to be embraced, rather than avoided, because anger is God's protective love in action. Jehovah God never gets angry AT us, rather, He gets angry FOR us, as He does not want us to miss His best. "If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?" (Heb. 12:7 NKJV). 

     So we should receive God's anger with thanksgiving, as it is a sure sign of His love. God's anger may sometimes scare us, but His indifference would devastate us.

     Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.     



Updated Feb 6, 2014

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