Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God
Posted: Thursday, November 12
Verse of the day:
What sorrow awaits Jerusalem, the city of murderers! I myself will pile up the fuel beneath her. (Ezekiel 24:9)
I’ve been avoiding Ezekiel for weeks. You can see how it’d be difficult to pull “3 Steps To A Blessed Day” out of Ezekiel chapter 24. The imagery alone can be stomach-turning. God promises Jerusalem “I will splash her blood on a rock.” “You will remain in your filth until my fury against you has been satisfied.” The wrath of God can be a difficult reality to reckon with.
Our first reaction is usually a quick defense about the Old Testament and how Jesus’ sacrifice changed everything. We are blessed to live in an era of grace, but we would be mislead to believe that God’s wrath is absent from the New Testament.
Luke 12:4-5 // I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!
If we truly believe that our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, we must also believe that the wrath of God is an unchanging characteristic of his nature. The holiness of God is exalted on the pillars of his love, grace, wrath, mercy, and justice. We need to pursue this understanding and long to know God in the every dimension.