Archive for the ‘Wrath’ Category

July 19th, 2015

The Wrath of God

“For behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel,” declares the LORD, the God of hosts; “and they shall oppress you from Lebo-hamath to the Brook of the Arabah.” Amos 6:14 (ESV)

Throughout the prophets of the Old Testament, we see this overwhelming truth: the wrath of God is real, and it is also just. We don’t like to talk about God’s wrath, because it’s a scary thing. If we fail to acknowledge this aspect of God’s character, though, we present an incomplete picture of who God is and we miss the full beauty of the gospel.

In this particular passage, God is bringing wrath upon the nation of Israel for how those with power and means have transgressed their covenant with Him by forsaking the poor in their community. They have failed to represent God faithfully. As a result, His holiness and justice demand that their transgression be accounted for in judgment, which in this case will come from the Assyrian army, and He has every right to display His wrath against the faithlessness of man.

The story of Israel in Amos is our story as well. We too have offended the core of God by worshiping created things and neglecting the poor among us for selfish gain, whether directly or indirectly. We are, as Paul writes it in Ephesians 2:3, “children of wrath” and worthy of the coming destruction and judgment over all creation. The beauty of the gospel, though, is that while we deserved wrath, Jesus took that wrath upon Himself.  He became our propitiation, or wrath-bearer. Now we who are in Christ are free from condemnation and are able to experience fully the joy of being satisfied in Christ. Without acknowledging the wrath of God, we miss much of the beauty of Christ’s work in how He has so graciously taken our place.

Be mindful today for the wrath of God and thankful for how Jesus rescued you from it.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Pastor of Mobilization & Young Adults (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, July 19th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Amos, Gospel, Wrath.
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July 2nd, 2015

The Pervasive Effects of Sin

“And as soon as he was king, he killed all the house of Jeroboam. He left to the house of Jeroboam not one that breathed, until he had destroyed it, according to the word of the LORD that he spoke by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite.” 1 Kings 15:29 ESV

Jeroboam’s sin and unfaithfulness before the Lord as King of Israel was met with the Lord’s wrath upon all of his household, as the Lord promised He would do:

  • “therefore behold, I will bring harm upon the house of Jeroboam and will cut off from Jeroboam every male, both bond and free in Israel, and will burn up the house of Jeroboam, as a man burns up dung until it is all gone” (1 Kings 14:10 ESV).

Bashaa, the newly throned ruler of Israel, carried out the decree of the Lord in prophetic power, bringing Jeroboam’s household to ruin, so that no male was left to carry his lineage forward.

In the middle of rebellion before the Lord in our sinfulness, we rarely consider the consequences of our sin. Usually, we excuse our sin by suggesting to ourselves that we are the only ones truly affected by our decisions, when in reality that is generally not the case.  Sin always has greater effects than you think, and it always incites the wrath of God!

The beauty of the gospel, though, for us on this side of Christ’s atoning work is that while certainly we all deserved the same fate as Jeroboam for rejecting the Lord, Jesus took our punishment as His own and allowed us to be restored in right relationship with our worthy God.

Let us not take for granted the sacrifice of Christ by indulging in wrath-inducing sin; rather, let us remember the goodness of the Lord and His gracious provision to us and turn back to Him for our good and the good of those in our physical and spiritual families.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Pastor of Multiplication and Young Adults (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Kings, Atonement, Wrath.
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July 19th, 2012

The Wrath of God

“For behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel,” declares the LORD, the God of hosts; “and they shall oppress you from Lebo-hamath to the Brook of the Arabah.” Amos 6:14 (ESV)

Throughout the prophets of the Old Testament, we see this overwhelming truth: the wrath of God is real, and it is also just. We don’t like to talk about God’s wrath, because it’s a scary thing. If we fail to acknowledge this aspect of God’s character, though, we present an incomplete picture of who God is and we miss the full beauty of the gospel.

In this particular passage, God is bringing wrath upon the nation of Israel for how those with power and means have transgressed their covenant with Him by forsaking the poor in their community. They have failed to represent God faithfully. As a result, His holiness and justice demand that their transgression be accounted for in judgment, which in this case will come from the Assyrian army, and He has every right to display His wrath against the faithlessness of man.

The story of Israel in Amos is our story as well. We too have offended the core of God by worshiping created things and neglecting the poor among us for selfish gain, whether directly or indirectly. We are, as Paul writes it in Ephesians 2:3, “children of wrath” and worthy of the coming destruction and judgment over all creation. The beauty of the gospel, though, is that while we deserved wrath, Jesus took that wrath upon Himself.  He became our propitiation, or wrath-bearer. Now we who are in Christ are free from condemnation and are able to experience fully the joy of being satisfied in Christ. Without acknowledging the wrath of God, we miss much of the beauty of Christ’s work in how He has so graciously taken our place.

Be mindful today for the wrath of God and thankful for how Jesus rescued you from it.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 193:  Amos 6-9)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Amos, Gospel, Wrath.
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July 2nd, 2012

The Pervasive Effects of Sin

“And as soon as he was king, he killed all the house of Jeroboam. He left to the house of Jeroboam not one that breathed, until he had destroyed it, according to the word of the LORD that he spoke by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite.” 1 Kings 15:29 ESV

Jeroboam’s sin and unfaithfulness before the Lord as King of Israel was met with the Lord’s wrath upon all of his household, as the Lord promised He would do:

  • “therefore behold, I will bring harm upon the house of Jeroboam and will cut off from Jeroboam every male, both bond and free in Israel, and will burn up the house of Jeroboam, as a man burns up dung until it is all gone” (1 Kings 14:10 ESV).

Bashaa, the newly throned ruler of Israel, carried out the decree of the Lord in prophetic power, bringing Jeroboam’s household to ruin, so that no male was left to carry his lineage forward.

In the middle of rebellion before the Lord in our sinfulness, we rarely consider the consequences of our sin. Usually, we excuse our sin by suggesting to ourselves that we are the only ones truly affected by our decisions, when in reality that is generally not the case.  Sin always has greater effects than you think, and it always incites the wrath of God!

The beauty of the gospel, though, for us on this side of Christ’s atoning work is that while certainly we all deserved the same fate as Jeroboam for rejecting the Lord, Jesus took our punishment as His own and allowed us to be restored in right relationship with our worthy God.

Let us not take for granted the sacrifice of Christ by indulging in wrath-inducing sin; rather, let us remember the goodness of the Lord and His gracious provision to us and turn back to Him for our good and the good of those in our physical and spiritual families.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 176: 1 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 13-16)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, July 2nd, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Kings, Atonement, Wrath.
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