I heard a Christian song with the lyric "Don't be deceived, God's not mad at you." (this is a paraphrase, I don't recall the exact lyric.) I was chatting with someone about it, who agreed that since the New Covenant established at the cross, that God doesn't get mad at us. Really?
In my recent readings in the Old Testament, all I am reading about is God's burning anger. And usually His anger is followed by wrath and a threat of death. Usually someone intercedes for the person He is mad with. For example when God is angry with the Israelites, Moses pleads for mercy. When God is angry with the Sodomites, Abraham pleads for mercy. God, who is merciful, usually then give some form of punishment with mercy, but not death. The Bible does say God is slow to anger, but believe me it has many many mentions of His anger.
What about the New Testament? In Mark 5, Jesus is angry with the Pharisees for questioning him. Romans 2 talks about God's righteous judgment and says some will receive wrath and anger. In Hebrews 3 the Holy Spirit declares an oath on His anger. Don't forget that we see examples of Jesus anger in Matthew 21. He overturns tables in the temple because of the sinful activities going on there. Then He withers a fig tree that had no fruit on it, because He was hungry.
If Jesus, who was perfect, exhibited anger on earth, certainly this is a just emotion. If God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, and Jesus is God in flesh, surely God does get angry with us. When a child is @bducted, @bused and k!lled, do we really believe God is not angry at that? How could He not be? When a godly husband or wife is lured into adultery, God is not angry? When a pastor leaves his faith and enters a life of sin, God is surely disappointed and yes, angry. God, who had smoldering anger when Moses politely said "Please send someone else," surely feels anger at more blatant sin.
I believe that God does get angry at us today. And we deserve it! His anger is just. But the story doesn't end with the anger. No, the rest of the story is His mercy. He sent His son Jesus to die for us, so that we have forgiveness. Our sins are washed away, and we receive eternal life when what we deserve is eternal damnation.
The Bible doesn't even tell us not to get angry, only not to sin in our anger. (Ephesians 4:26) Surely if God allows our own just anger, as long as we do not sin or practice revenge, then He too must have anger. Praise God that He is so loving and merciful in His anger!
I'd love to hear your thoughts today. Do you believe that God gets mad at us even today? If not, let me know why, I'd love to hear. If so, elaborate on your thoughts. No flaming other opinions, but I'd love to have a forum to hear what you believe and why.
Mark 3:4,5 -- Then Jesus asked them, "Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.
Psalm 38:1 -- O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.
Romans 2:5, 8 -- But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed...for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.