Yes, God is love. Sometimes, though, we experience God’s love as wrath. That’s right: God’s wrath is always an expression of God’s love. We might define God’s loving wrath and wrathful loving as God’s rejection of our rejection of him.
Yahweh chose prophets to speak his words to his people to warn them of the wrath to come. This warning was intended to challenge the rejection of Yahweh by the people of Yahweh. As Yahweh put it through his prophet Jeremiah:
This passage reminds us that Yahweh is no god to be trifled with. That, in the past, he has granted his people their fondest wish. He has allowed his people to experience all the calamitous consequences of identifying with the false and destructive Olympian gods. We know that Yahweh spoke words of stark warning to his people. Bad news!
But we must affirm one last, little known, and less appreciated response of Yahweh to us his people. When Samuel, prophet and last of the judges of Israel, was growing up, we are told, And word from [Yahweh] was rare in those days (1 Samuel 3:1). The prophet Amos puts it even more starkly:
People will stagger from sea to sea
That is where we are today. Today, as Christians and churches, we face the silence of God. No news.
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