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Anger and Wrath Together

Posted Apr 02, 2020 by Brian Heckethorn in Character of God
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Revealing the “anger” of God and His “wrath” all in one place!

Hosea 13:9-11 I will destroy you, O Israel; who can help you? Where now is your king, to save you; where are all your princes, to defend you — those of whom you said, “Give me a king and princes”? I have given you kings in my anger, and I have taken them away in my wrath.

The Lord gave into Israel’s cry for a king instead of accepting God as their ruler. God’s “anger” = giving into the will of man and letting them have what they cry for.

1 Samuel 8:4-9 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint for us a king to govern us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to govern us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Hearken to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. According to all the deeds which they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. Now then, hearken to their voice; only, you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”

1 Samuel 8:19-22 But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No! but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles.” And when Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Hearken to their voice, and make them a king.” Samuel then said to the men of Israel, “Go every man to his city.”

So again, God’s “anger” = giving into the will of man and letting them have what they cry for and Saul is chosen to be King over Israel.

Now, as if the wrath of God wasn’t defined well enough in Romans 1, we have also the second part of this verse in Hosea 13:9-11

Hosea 13:9-11 I will destroy you, O Israel; who can help you? Where now is your king, to save you; where are all your princes, to defend you — those of whom you said, “Give me a king and princes”? I have given you kings in my anger, and I have taken them away in my wrath.

Gods wrath is expressed in the removal of Saul as King. But how then is Saul removed?

1 Samuel 31:4 Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and make sport of me.” But his armor-bearer would not; for he feared greatly. Therefore Saul took his own sword, and fell upon it.

Saul’s death was the result of Israel’s sin against God for asking for a king in the first place. “I have taken them away in my wrath”...”Saul took his own sword, and fell upon it.”

So, God’s “wrath” is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.

Saul knew the truth of God and yet suppressed it time and time again. Israel did too when Samuel tried to warn them of the results of taking a king to rule them. Against God’s will, and in His anger, He gave them what they asked for and the result was their own destruction. Yet God’s grace still abounded even through their turning from Him.