Grace Bible Church
Pastor Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Pastor Rick Bettez
Exo 20:3-7 that we studied shows us that God becomes jealous and even promises discipline for those that place idols and His commands second on their priority list.
We sometimes forget that God is referred too and often written about as long suffering, full of love & compassionate, as well as forgiving in OT scriptures.
Anthropopathisms- a human characteristic applied to Biblical text describing God with emotion or human responses. (weeping, jealousy, wrath, etc.)
Anthropomorphisms- a physical characteristic related to human terms within scripture explaining God’s physical presence. (Hands, eyes, holding, etc.)
Heb 3:12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.
Falls away from believing truth, following doctrines of demons (cosmic).
Heb 3:19 So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.
Constative, aorist tense- dynamai eiserchomai. Having the power available constantly but failing to gain anything.
Wrath concerning God in scripture is always related to man’s failure to heed warnings, learn truth and separate from cosmic involvement. It always comes after years or repetitive lessons designed to wake the Bel up.
God’s jealousy or wrath/anger is calculated for mankind to understand a divine lesson. The severity of a dire need to follow His plan is in view not the emotional response we are familiar with. God is not angry or seeking revenge.
Psa 30:5 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.
Psa 86:15 But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.
Isa 13:9 Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, cruel, with fury and burning anger, to make the land a desolation;
And He will exterminate its sinners from it.
(END TIME PROPHECY)
Isa 57:17 Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry and struck him; I hid My face and was angry, and he went on turning away, in the way of his heart.
God is in the business of making all things work together for good (His plan) and using flawed creatures to do so. Therefore peace & punishment coexist inside His plan because free will has to have room to breath.
Heb 12:11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
Mic 7:18 Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging love.
Mic 7:19 He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
Zeph 2:3 Seek the Lord, all you humble of the earth who have carried out His
righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden
in the day of the LORD’S anger.
Rom 2:8 but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.
There is a righteous indignation within the PPOG that has no emotion attached to it. It is a form of unconditional love set into motion by God for the purpose of guidance, reconciliation & justice.
Jesus Christ drove out those who were buying & selling in the temple, flipping over tables and making a whip. This was righteous not emotional anger, meaning it needed to be done immediately & obviously.
The OT was a time of the ritual plan of God. The first established race (Jews) of God should have been ambassadors representing God with zeal and accuracy. They were the bridge to the One true God.
One of the principles often lost in the study of the original formation of the Jewish race, was that God wanted them to be a force that would evangelize for Him. Yet they chose other gods and submitted to secular traditions. Instead of being the leaders they were followers.
Eph 4:26 BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger (wrath), (two different words.)
Orgizō - righteous indignation Parorgismos- anger out of control
Psa 4:4 Tremble (ragaz), and do not sin;
Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
An anger that can cause you to tremble, having been provoked.
Psa 37:8-9 Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing. For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land.
Luk 9:54 When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”
Righteous indignation with wrong motivation!
Luk 9:55 But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of;
TLJC was referring to a duel meaning of not being led by anger (OSN), yet they will learn what Spirit (HS) should control them soon.
Jam 1:19-20 This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.