Don’t Just Skip It


Making Sense of God's Anger

Key Bible Verse: Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another – showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. (2 Timothy 3:16, The Message)

Dig Deeper: Romans 9:14-24

Studying the divine anger sections of the Old Testament many not make us feel warm and fuzzy inside like meditating on Psalm 23, but it’s important not to avoid these texts. The only way to understand them is to read, study, and discuss them.

If you are troubled by passages in the Old Testament in which Yahweh got angry, here are three pieces of advice. First, ask why Yahweh got angry. There will be a reason for his anger. See if you can find it.

Second, read the whole context. Yahweh did get mad at Israel in Exodus 32, but only after he had freed them from slavery, rescued them from Egyptian army, fed them with manna, provided water for them, and met with them at Sinai. He was mad because they committed adultery on the honeymoon. Given the context, it makes sense that Yahweh got mad.

Third, have reasonable expectations. You won’t be able to resolve all the problems. But some work will help you understand these passages better and save you embarrassment over your lack of biblical knowledge and over the behaviour of God.

– David T. Lamb in God Behaving Badly

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