For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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Behold, the name of the LORD comes from afar, burning with his anger, and in thick rising smoke; his lips are full of fury, and his tongue is like a devouring fire; his breath is like an overflowing stream that reaches up to the neck; to sift the nations with the sieve of destruction, and to place on the jaws of the peoples a bridle that leads astray. You shall have a song as in the night when a holy feast is kept, and gladness of heart, as when one sets out to the sound of the flute to go to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel. And the LORD will cause his majestic voice to be heard and the descending blow of his arm to be seen, in furious anger and a flame of devouring fire, with a cloudburst and storm and hailstones. The Assyrians will be terror-stricken at the voice of the LORD, when he strikes with his rod. And every stroke of the appointed staff that the LORD lays on them will be to the sound of tambourines and lyres. Battling with brandished arm, he will fight with them. For a burning place has long been prepared; indeed, for the king it is made ready, its pyre made deep and wide, with fire and wood in abundance; the breath of the LORD, like a stream of sulfur, kindles it.
The nature of God includes anger and fury at those who deny him. Those who are guilty of the oppression of people of God will face his fury. He is just and he does not will that any should perish; but…
God does not change, he is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. His word stands once spoken. He gives ample opportunity for salvation from judgment. He gave out of love for his creation that they might turn from evil ways, cease being oppressor and give him honor. Those who refuse, face his fire of judgment. We have his promise of salvation from this judgment. We have his promise of love rather than judgment when we become his child in the spirit, accepting the gift of salvation through his son, Jesus Christ. We cannot deny one part of God’s nature and say we know God. When we begin relationships with one another we accept all of each other. We accept the whole person. When we accept the existence of God into our life, begin to grow in our knowledge of him, we stand amazed at the extent of his love for us. He is a fearsome God with the power of life and death. We do well to accept life from him. We have the story of love; we also have ample warnings of what it is to face his judgment. How thankful the believer can be that they have begun a relationship with the God who created them in love and who continues to love them through eternity.
Begin to see the face of God, all the facets of this Supreme Being, as the many fiery facets of a beautiful diamond, breathing fire and love.
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