Anger of God

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The punitive and vindicatory reaction, legitimate and controlled, yet awesomely emphatic, of God the righteous judge to unrighteousness in his human creatures. Up to the present, the expression of God’s anger and wrath has had the purpose of drawing sinners to repentance and conversion, but this will not be the case at the final judgment.

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The nature of God’s anger

It is fearsome

Nahum 1:6 ESV
Who can stand before his indignation? Who can endure the heat of his anger? His wrath is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken into pieces by him.
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It is reluctant and short-lived

Exodus 34:6 ESV
The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,
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It is consistant with his righteous and merciful character

Psalm 7:11 ESV
God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.
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It fulfils God’s purposes

Jeremiah 23:20 ESV
The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intents of his heart. In the latter days you will understand it clearly.
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The causes of God’s anger

Idolatry and unbelief

Numbers 25:3 ESV
So Israel yoked himself to Baal of Peor. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel.
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Disobedience and disloyalty

Joshua 7:1 ESV
But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things, for Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the devoted things. And the anger of the Lord burned against the people of Israel.
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Ungodly living

God’s judgment against the ungodly is a sign of his anger against actions that contradict his righteous character and purposes:


Pride, arrogance and hypocrisy

Matthew 23:27–28 ESV
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
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Complaints against, and opposition to, God’s purposes

Numbers 11:1 ESV
And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp.
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Zechariah 7:9–12 ESV
“Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.” But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears that they might not hear. They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear the law and the words that the Lord of hosts had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great anger came from the Lord of hosts.
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The rejection of God’s servants

Hebrews 10:29–31 ESV
How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
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God reveals his anger

In present times

Romans 1:18 EAPR:NT
For the indignation of God is revealed from heaven upon all the irreligion and wrong-doing of men, who in wrong-doing repress the Truth.
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On a future “day of wrath” which is anticipated

Romans 2:5 EAPR:NT
But according to thy obstinacy, and an impenitent mind, art thou treasuring up for thyself indignation in the time of indignation, and revelation of the righteous judgment of God?
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The consequences of God’s anger

God allows those who reject righteousness to remain in their sin

Romans 1:18–32 EAPR:NT
For the indignation of God is revealed from heaven upon all the irreligion and wrong-doing of men, who in wrong-doing repress the Truth. Because what may be known of God is manifest among them; for God made it manifest to them. For that which is invisible of Him is beheld from the creation of the world, being perceived in the things made, both His eternal power and Divinity: so that they are inexcusable. Because knowing God, they did not as to God render honour and thanks; but they became silly in their reasonings, and their senseless minds were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became foolish; and changed the glory of the imperishable God into an image like to perishable man, and to birds and quadrupeds and reptiles. Wherefore also God gave them up in the desires of their hearts unto impurity, so that their own bodies were dishonoured by them: they who exchanged the truth of God for falsehood, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is to be praised for ever. Amen. On this account God gave them up to vile passions: for both their females exchanged the natural use for the unnatural; and likewise the males too, leaving the natural use of the female, were inflamed in their longing for one another, males with males perpetrating what is disgraceful, and receiving in themselves the recompence of their wrong way which was deserved. And as they did not prefer to have further knowledge of God, God gave them up to a perverse mind, to do what is improper—abounding in all wrongdoing, wickedness, overreaching, mischievousness; full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, depravity; slanderers, calumniators, impious, insolent, arrogant, boasters, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents; without sense, without honesty, without affection, without pity. And such persons knowing further the righteous sentence of God, that they who practise such things deserve death, not only do them, but also join to favour those who practise them.
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Punishment will be experienced by rebellious people

Deuteronomy 8:19 ESV
And if you forget the Lord your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish.
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Punishment of death:

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Punishment of exile:

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Destruction of the whole nation of Israel:


God will be feared as his holiness and greatness are revealed

Isaiah 59:18–19 ESV
According to their deeds, so will he repay, wrath to his adversaries, repayment to his enemies; to the coastlands he will render repayment. So they shall fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the Lord drives.
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Ultimately God will purify and restore his people for service

Malachi 3:2–4 ESV
But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.
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