The wrath of God?

  
Thoughts about the wrath of God. 

Dear friends,

There is a legal term which appears in contracts. It is usually under a section called “force majeure”. 

It means, “chance occurrence, unavoidable accident”, is a common clause in contracts that essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance beyond the control of the parties, such as a war, strike, riot, crime, or an event described by the legal term act of God (hurricane, flood, earthquake, volcanic eruption, etc.), prevents one or both parties from fulfilling their obligations under the contract.”

The term I want to pay attention to here is “act of God”.  

This is a legal term to describe natural disasters. 

This of course does not mean the natural disaster is a result of God acting. It is a term or a phrase describing natural disasters. 

Again I stress this is a terminology. It has nothing to do with wether God is involved or not. It is a term used by people such an insurance companies to come out of a contract. 

Now the Jews have a similar phrase in their ideology. While in the primitive times in the Old Testament they have like many people of superstitious mindset attributed natural disasters to a higher being. 

This term which the Jews used was “the wrath of God”. It is a term used to described an unwanted event such as war, natural disaster, famine and etc. 

I want us to realize that at times it has nothing to do with God. Rather, it is usually something that had been foreseen by God or its representatives i.e. the prophets and prophets were then sent out to warn people to “repent” or take precaution or action. 

Examples of these events are the exile to Babylon and the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70. 

We Christians at times attribute such things as the direct judgment of God to the unrighteous and paint a picture of a wrathful God. 
Now the issue is this. If God was really angry with humanity or these so-called “unrighteous” people, why did he send prophets to save them?

Some people who say “so that God is justified in slaughtering them”!
Really?

Think hard and long. 

If God wants to wipe out the Jews why did Jesus behave like wise?

Luke 19:41
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it. 

In fact Jesus wailed. He cried loudly. 

Luke 19:42-44

and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 
The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. 
They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

Did it sound like Jesus was looking toward this with a gleeful heart?

If so why did Jesus said “How I wish I could grant you protection?”

Matthew 23:36-38

Truly I tell you, all this will come on this generation.
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.”

He wanted to. He so wanted to that he literally wept when he for-saw the destruction. 

But. 

They were not willing. 

Dear friends, if God really had wanted to kill off 1.1 million Jews because he was angry, why did he sent Jesus?

The answer is this. He was never angry with them. Rather he saw the coming of the Romans and he knew Jerusalem will be massacred. He sent his Son to warn and rescue them. 

To those who believed him, they were rescued. 

To those who denied him, they perished. 

I want us to see the heart of God here. 

Jesus wept. 

On the cross with his dying breath he shouted “Father forgive them”. 
On the other hand, the Jews shouted, “We have no king except Caesar”. “Let his blood be upon us and our children”. 

Matthew 23:37
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.”

I hope this simple note change the way you read your Bible and understanding of God and how you view the idea the wrath of God. 

May this help you see the heart of the Father of Jesus.

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