God being angry

God being angry

Oct 4 – Deut 1:34-39

* 34 And the Lord heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and sware, saying,

35 Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers.

36 Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the Lord.

37 Also the Lord was angry with me for your sakes, saying, Thou also shalt not go in thither.

38 But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.

39 Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it. ~ KJV

From Daily Manna – Calvary Jurong BP – Rev Isaac Ong

Liberal theologians tell us, “God is a god of love. He loves us and will not send anyone to hell.” But that is simply unbiblical. There are numerous instances in the Bible where we read that God was ‘wroth’. In today’s reading, we see that God was angry and had pronounced judgement on the unbelieving, ungrateful and rebellious Israelites. Israelites of that first ‘evil generation’ were prohibited from entering the Promised Land [v. 35]. Except for Joshua and Caleb, who had proved to be faithful, everyone aged 20 and older would perish in the wilderness.

Deuteronomy was written to remind Israel of what the Lord required of the Israelites as His people. It calls for total commitment to the Lord in worship and obedience. God will bless and protect His people if they are faithful to Him as their covenant Lord and are obedient to the covenant stipulations in His law. Otherwise, they will suffer curses for disobedience and transgressions. Israel can be prosperous and blessed in the Promised Land, but they must never commit the gross and evil sins of its current Canaanite inhabitants.

The lessons of Deuteronomy apply equally to Christians in the New Testament age. The Apostle Peter tells us that, while God is longsuffering and not willing that any should perish, He will tolerate sin and rebellion up to a point only, and then He will judge.

The Apostle Paul also warns: “Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest He also spare not thee” [Romans 11:20–21].

Personal Thought

I think there is room for evangelistic means in this passage as we consider the attributes of God. It is not good to consider that God is love, and not of anger. Repeatedly over the course of history of Israel where it has been recorded for us, repeatedly God was angry and judgement was performed towards his people and towards his enemy.

We are all his enemy if we are not his people, and that implies we are all at risk of his judgement.

I’m reminded in Acts 16 “The Conversion of the Jailer29And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas,30and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”…”

Pastor Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) preached a Spirit filled sermon on Sinners in the hands of an angry God… google for it.
If we are all within God’s judgement, the God who created heaven and the earth and formed us out of dust, surely we can be reduced to dust in an instance. Worst, or soul which lives on forever, the God who can destroy the eternal soul into eternal damnation.
Matthew 10:28 – And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Deut 1:34 is indeed an appropriate verse to talk about life and death.

~ by ymsim on 2014/10/04.

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