When God Gets Angry

followFollow Me: Deliverance[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 4:13-17[2]

Having run out of objections to obey God, Moses tried the truth. “Please send someone else.”[3] Moses’ desire to fulfill his calling had died in a desert of rejection and time. When God is involved, death is never the end but a new beginning. James cited “desire” as the source of temptation that conceives sin and gives birth to death. Forty years earlier, Moses desire had produced the death of an Egyptian and separation from his people. Now that his desire is dead, he can return to Egypt and be used to produce life.

God responded to Moses request to “send someone else” with anger, but not human anger. Human anger would have written Moses off. I would have. Why bother with an old man who does not want the job of a lifetime, the opportunity to work with the creator of the universe, a front row seat at miraculous events. My anger would have spewed “Go back to obscurity with your flea bitten sheep, I’ll find someone else.”

God’s anger drew Moses closer and higher. Aaron would speak to the people, but he did not replace Moses. In this new arrangement, God continued to deal directly with Moses, and Moses would teach Aaron what to do. God told Moses, “it will be as if he [Aaron} were your mouth and as if you [Moses] were God to him.”[4]

When God is angry with his people, he lifts us up; he never tears us down or diminishes our place in him.

 

[1] From the time God promised to change Jacob’s name to Israel, Jacob and his descendants were addressed as both Jacob and Israel, which can be confusing. In Follow Me: Deliverance, I will use “Hebrews” to identify the children of Jacob.

[2] All scripture quotes are from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.

[3] Exodus 4:13

[4] Exodus 4:16

About Teena Myers

Teena is the Vice Chairman of the Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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