God chose the nation of Israel to bring forth the Messiah. He gave them His word to confirm the coming of this Messiah. They were a peculair people set apart by God specifically for this purpose. The message of the cross, and the word of God rest upon their shoulders. Therefore He gave them instruction to follow, and disciplined them according to it’s mandates. The point I am trying to make is this: God dealt with the nation of Israel like no other. Therefore the attributes God expressed towards them were specific to them. His wrath, His anger, His jealousy; all pointing towards the ultimate plan of redemption. The day in which He would take upon Himself the sins of the world.
My friends, God is not mad! He has appeased His own wrath through the sacrifice of Himself in the Son. Of course the day of judgement will come for the unbelieving so that we should walk circumspectly concerning the lost. But let us not fall prey to the belief that God dwells in wrath, but rather perfect peace. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not persih, but have everlasting life.
God is not mad!
If while reading the bible, we are compiling a list of evil enemies, we are reading it wrong.
G. L. Miller