Link to notes below: Bible Study Notes – April 7 2013
The Wrath of a Loving God
Isaiah 5:1-7, 24-30
A. A Story
Why is G so angry?
God is angry because He did everything He possibly could so that His prized vineyard (Judah and Israel) would succeed. However, God asked, “When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad?” (v.4). Verse 7b reads, “And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress.”
B. What is the wrath of God?
1. The wrath of God is NOT God losing his temper.
–God seems wild and unpredictable, but He is not impulsive
-God does not pick on people
-God does not have ‘bad days’ where his temper is shorter than usual
2. God’s wrath is NOT one of his primary characteristics.
-God is always loving, but He is not always angry or wrathful
(For these two points I owe a lot to Arden Thiessen’s book, Keeping in Step with the God of Peace. It was published by Steinbach Bible College in 2008.)
God’s wrath is his opposition to sin; especially his requirement to punish it.
God intensely opposes sin because He is holy.
God requires that it be punished because He is just.
3. God has wrath because of His holiness.
4. God has wrath because of His justice.
C. God’s Wrath, God’s Love and The Cross
Jesus went to the cross to bear the wrath we deserved. (Isaiah 53:5-6)
If we are misguided and think that sin and God’s wrath are small problems then the cross won’t seem that impressive. However, the truth is that sin God’s wrath are massive obstacles. When we discover this, we will realize how powerful the cross is.
The cross is where God’s wrath and God’s love meet. God is just and He couldn’t let our sins go unpunished. However, He didn’t want to punish us, even though we deserved it. This is why Jesus went to the cross. God wants Jesus to receive the wrath that we deserve so that we can enjoy His love for all eternity.