Is God Really Angry, Judgmental, and Uncaring?

March 11, 2023   /   Brian T. Anderson   /   Vineyard Church North Phoenix

Is God Really Angry, Judgmental, and Uncaring?
Is God Angry?

I. Introduction

II. What Does the Bible Mean When It Talks about God Being Angry?

A. Numbers 32:13 (NLT) “The LORD was angry with Israel and made them wander in the wilderness for forty years until the entire generation that sinned in the LORD’s sight had died.”

B. Job 4:9 (NLT) A breath from God destroys them. They vanish in a blast of his anger.

C. Colossians 3:8 (NLT) But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.

1. We can’t attribute experience of anger to experience of anger.

2. For human beings, anger is a , bodily sensation!

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E. God doesn’t have a !

F. “Slow to anger” – –

G. Exodus 34:5-7a (NAS) 5The LORD descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the LORD. 6Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; 7who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin.”

1. God is “ to ”!

H. II Samuel 6:6-7 (NLT) 6But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah reached out his hand and steadied the Ark of God. 7Then the LORD’s anger was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him dead because of this. So Uzzah died right there beside the Ark of God.

I. The ark, because it had God’s Law in it (the Ten Commandments), was kind of like the of the Presence of in Israel’s midst.

1. How they treated the taught people how they should treat God.

2. God is under our control! God is not a genie—or “magic in a box”!

3. “Is God an object to be manipulated for ? Or, is God a Person to be and obeyed?”

J. To God, death is simply a !

1. If God truly is slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness—then He does the absolute for every one of us!

2. “Is God a God or an God?”

3. God to be loved!

K. The opposite of love is .

L. James 1:19-20 (NAS) 19But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

1. We do all kinds of crazy stuff when we get angry because anger is .

2. God never to .

3. easily sin in our anger. But never does.

M. When we get angry, we’re to bring our to .

1. Ephesians 4:26-27 (NAS) 26Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and do not give the devil an opportunity.

N. The is where God’s anger at sin and God’s love for meets!

1. “Is God at ?”

2. You never have to wonder if God is mad at you. Because !

O. Jeremiah 31:3a (NLT) Long ago the LORD said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.”

III. Conclusion

 

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