I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
8 Ask me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will break them with a rod of iron[b];
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear
and celebrate his rule with trembling.
12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him. Psalm 2:7-12
We don’t often think of Jesus as being angry. This Psalm describes the anger of the Son. Can you think of times Jesus was angry? What does that look like? What will it look like in the future?
We often think that anger is bad but Ephesians 4:26-27 26 “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” (NIV) The Lord expects us to feel angry because that’s a valid emotion. It’s what we *do* with our angry that can cause us to sin as well as the basis for our anger. Is it jealousy, selfishness, or righteous indignation? Jesus’ anger was often directed at the devil, at those who were taking advantage of others, and at those breaking His laws. Hypocrisy, greed, lukewarm living, hardness of the heart, and superiority all anger and grieved Jesus>
John 2:15-17; Mark 11:15 when he drove out the money changers is the most famous example of Jesus’ righteous indignation.
Mark 3:1-6 Healing the man with the crippled hand he was angry with the religious leaders because they were more concerned with the law (would Jesus break it and heal the man) than with those who were ill and hurting. “He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.” (vs.5 NIV)
Matthew 23 – He warns against hypocrisy and calls the pharisees and teachers of the law a brood of vipers
Revelation 3:16 – Lukewarm Christians “So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (NIV)
Revelation 19 – Jesus defeating the beast. vs. 15 reads: “Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.”
This is great insight. It is the root and resulting action of our anger that makes it sinful. Anger itself is just an emotion a barometer for the world around us and how that is affecting our internal structure.
That’s so true. 🙂 I’ve been learning to stop and ask myself why I’m feeling angry. Have I been stuffing emotions? Am I trying to control the situation? Am I feeling misunderstood or unheard? Am I angry at someone being treated unjustly? What is the root? The answers to those questions can be really humbling and revealing. 😉
I find that true. To realize I am not above base emotions and motivations is humbling.
I just wanted add that I appreciate your blog and probing questions. They are a wonderful exercise for my mind and they get me digging deeper. I’m glad that I stumbled across it. 🙂
So glad you found Lillie Put and are adding to the conversation.
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