Leap of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: God’s Mercy and Vengeance (Pages 299-302)
We should know that God is loving and merciful, but when people rebel against what He has ordained, He can get angry as well. It would seem that God is at least sometimes excessively angry. This is the nature of God, to correct us when we reject His teaching. God demands that we listen and follow His lead. God does not wish for anyone to suffer, but for so long now the world has ignored Him and His truth. The reality is that the number of truly transformed Christians is not as high as you would like to think. The way that I know this is by paying attention to the world around me. The Angels help here as well…They are Messengers (In many cases used to forewarn people of what is about to take place). I use my senses that have been increased into a heightened state by the grace of God in order to decipher and discern all things. The masses of people have rejected God and attempted to find other explanations for the reasons why events take place in the world. They also seek humanistic answers for the reasons behind all of creation. Seek God and Pay Attention to His Word.
Deuteronomy 32:22 (nasb) says, “For a fire is kindled in My anger, and burns to the lowest part of Sheol, and consumes the earth with its yield, and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.”
In reference to God’s mercy, we know that He is always ready to forgive. He wants to forgive, but the bottom line is that you have to show God something in order for Him to be merciful. Dedication and heart to make the change in your life. Not to carry on in your old ways…Two very different worlds (Realms)…
First John 4:8-9 (nasb) says, “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him” (emphasis added).
Exodus 34:6 (nasb) says, “Then 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.”
Numbers 14:18 (nasb) says, “The Lord is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generations” (emphasis added).
The picture of God as merciful and loving is a drastic contrast of the picture of Him being vengeful and fierce. You must remember that God has no patience for evil. This includes lying and deceit that is the work of Satan. God will not stand for it. You can’t fool God. He sees through it all.
Key Scripture in Understanding Symbolism: In unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the Lord saying, “He indeed is good for His loving kindness is everlasting,” then the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud.
2 Chronicles 5:13 (nasb)
God takes vengeance on those who rebel against Him, but at all times the Lord is merciful to everyone in everything that He does. He remains constant and consistent in demonstrating his acceptance to those who have chosen to draw back to Him. He awaits the awakening. He desires in His heart for all who are lost to repent and seek the kingdom of God.
In reference to the kingdom of heaven:
Matthew 25:1 says (nasb), “The kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom” (emphasis added).
Matthew 25:13-14 (nasb) says, “Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day or the hour.For it is like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves, and entrusted his possessions to them” (emphasis added).
Matthew 25:31 (nasb) says, “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. And all the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” (emphasis added)
In regards to the awakening of the walking dead:
James 4:8 says (nasb), “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (Pay Careful Attention to This Scripture)…”For it is the only hope for those who are dead and unbelieving…” -Anonymous
Hosea 4:6 says (nasb), “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”
Second Chronicles 15:2 (nasb) says, “the Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”
Thus says the Lord God, “Because the Philistines have acted in revenge and have taken vengeance with scorn of soul to destroy with everlasting enmity,” therefore, thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I will stretch out My hand against the Philistines, even cut off the children of the Cherethites and destroy the remnant of the seacoast. And I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes; and they will know that I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance on them.”
Ezekiel 25:15-17 (nasb) (emphasis added)
The Lord speaks of Himself; this is key to remember as a witness, sleeping, waking, forgetting, remembering, coming, going, repenting, and so on, in order for us to identify with Him more easily. How else could he get the message across to all people of all walks of life? But He also makes it clear that His real nature is completely different than humans.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (nasb) says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (emphasis added).
It is so important to know how deeply God is thinking all of the time. He sees all of the angles and analyzes to perfection. He does not miss a thing. He is constantly in deep spiritual focus and thought in all of His moves.
God also makes it clear that He “does not willingly afflict” people or cause them grief and does not work in cooperation with Satan. God hates Satan and wants to see everyone have their way wit the works of evil by overcoming and conquering them. He only asks that we seek Him in order to accomplish this mission.
Lamentations 3:22-24 (nasb) says,“The Lord’s loving kindness indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I have hope in Him” (emphasis added).
(Note: Two 6’s=66…Revelation 15…)