Posts Tagged ‘Wrath’

The Misconception of God’s Punishment

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Punishment is translated from the original Hebrew word Paqad #6485, its root meaning is, “to attend to.”  Paqad is most often translated as; numbered, counted, take note, the sum, call to account, charge, visit, appoint, concerned, take care, punish and the list goes on…

With these broad definitions in mind, how do you picture a loving father training his child.  What does the father do first to get the attention of his rebellious child? Secondly, how does he correct his child’s potentially harmful, or offensive behavior?

Even in human terms, a loving father is considered to be Patient/Long Suffering, yet Just/Fair in his discipline/punishment.  The consequence of a child’s deliberate misbehavior is equally difficult/painful for both the parent and the child.

A parent who mistakenly avoids these painful consequences, for wrong behavior, may be surprised when their child refuses to submit to any authority; including their teachers, law enforcement officers and most importantly, their Creator.

The love between a parent and a child is usually innate, giving us a natural desire to train them, as difficult as it may be, to do what is right and to turn from doing wrong.

God, on the other hand, is not human.  He Is Good, He Is Righteous, He Is Merciful, and He Is Steadfast/Unfailing/Faithful Love.  He doesn’t lose control of His Anger or have a need to vent His wrath on His rebellious Children.

Our Creator knows exactly how to get our attention and He knows how to humble our puffed up human nature.  Like a child we also learn by the consequences that await us when we stray off the path of Life.

No loving, human, father would refuse to correct his child from running into oncoming traffic.  How much more can we trust our Heavenly Fathers Life-saving correction?

Understanding the reason for our difficult times/trials/tests is how we are able to count them all Joy, because they are producing steadfastness/endurance/perseverance in us, and making us Whole/Mature/Complete, James 1:2,3.

So next time you see the word, “Punishment,” in your Biblical translation look at it through the eyes of a grateful child who has obediently grown to discern the path that leads to death from the Path that leads to Life, Proverbs 12:28.






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Love never failsLove, Passion and Sex.  Wrath, Fury and Jealousy

Each of these words has a physical and spiritual meaning.   We can attempt to understand the Spirit of our Creator with our finite logic or we can humbly acknowledge our own physical darkness and His Spiritual Light.

As a human, who once allowed my feelings or emotions to reign, I have experienced some extreme Mt.top highs and the lowest of depths.  This is my lesson of learning, to show just how great the contrast really is between our temporary human perceptions and lasting spiritual realities.

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares YHVH.  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”  Isaiah 55:8,9.

Human Love, Passion and Sex

 The Quest to stay on That Fleeting Mt. Top of Happiness

I thought to myself, this must be what true love feels like!  The symptoms of infatuation began to make my heart rate accelerate, I had more energy, a bounce in my step, a smile on my face.  I was consumed with thoughts of my new found love from the first thing in the morning until I fell asleep at night.  My heart didn’t touch the ground for over a year and I was certain it was mutual.  I couldn’t wait to say our wedding vows, including the words of 1 Corinthians 13:8, “Love never fails.”

What Kind of Love Never Fails?

YHVH’s Love is unfailing, steadfast, never-ending, does not forsake, leave, or withdraw, it’s an unchanging Loyalty and commitment that does not fluctuate or have anything to do with our fickle human feelings of love.

If someone “makes us feel happy” we are revealing our feelings are in complete control and giving them the power over how we feel.

To say the least, human passion is a powerful feeling.  Those who do not learn to master their feelings will be mastered by them. Genesis 4:7  Giving into human feelings can make us do things you never dreamed we would do.  Like puppet strings, it may be fun to feel their control in the high places.  Being in bondage to those strings will also take you down.

Wrath, Fury and Jealousy

By the second year of marriage those Mt.Top memories had long since been obscured by feelings of disappointment, sorrow and loneliness.  The man I had once acclaimed for my happiness was not the blame for my emotional pain.

I experienced feelings of jealousy when the marriage was first threatened.  Even I was shocked by the fury and wrath that flowed through my body, like a Mamma bear, I felt capable of shredding the enemy with my bare hands.  Those feelings I’d once called love paled in comparison to the depth of my hate.

Our divorce plagued me like a death, any good memories had been separated by association.  Pretending a sacred covenant of marriage hadn’t been broken was impossible.  I was constantly reminded of the crumbling foundation my marriage had been built on, fluctuating feelings, instead of YHVH’s Loyal Covenant Love.

It took well over a decade before I learned to recognize the difference between human feelings and Spiritual obedience.  Although humans have feelings they are instructed control them and not be controlled by them, Ephesians 4:26.

Truth about Love, Passion, Sex

In contrast to my story above, YHVH’s Love does not fluctuate, He is Love, 1 John 4:16.  His Covenant Loyalty is an unfailing spiritual obedience, devoid of any fluctuating human feelings.  He is Spirit, John 4:24. He is not needy or insecure for anything or anyone to make Him feel happy.  YHVH is One, Complete and Whole, Deuteronomy 6:4.

Our Creator’s passion can not be compared with human passion.  One is selfless and the other is selfish.  His instructions are given for our good.  Our perversion of His teaching, to keep sex exclusively within a Loyal Marriage Covenant, has destructive consequences.

Wrath, Fury and Jealousy 

YHVH’s Wrath, (same word as Passion in Hebrew), Fury and Jealousy are not to be equated with human feelings.  YHVH is completely Good, Just and Right.  To be jealous of what threatens those you love is not wrong.  It is our human nature that turns them into something selfish.  Our physical concepts are only a shadow of Spiritual reality.

When we read phrases about YHVH’s, Cup of Wrath, Fury, Anger etc.we need to make sure not to project our human thinking onto anything YHVH has purposed for mankind’s ultimate Good. Romans 8:28Psalm 119:75Hebrews 12:10

Psalm 66:10  “For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver.”

Our Loving Father disciplines those He loves, Hebrews 12:6 . Guiding, testing and proving us, training us in the way that leads to lasting Life.

Loyal Covenant Love does Not Fail.  It perseveres, conquers, overcomes and endures.

Covenant Loyalty is a choice, whether in marriage or toward our obedience to do Right in reverence, honor and Love toward our Creator.  We can be assured the difficulties we face, during this very temporary time on earth, are the very things setting us free, Psalm 105:19

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