God’s not mad. Why would He be mad anyway?
[Heb 2:17 NASB] 17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Can God’s Anger Be Appeased?
As a child, I had a horrible recurring dream. The dream involved me being held captive by a huge monster. I would want to escape because of my captor’s anger. No matter what I did, I could never appease the anger of the monster. I stayed in the clutches of this horrible creature, ever fearing the anger of the monster. It caused me to want to avoid sleeping. The dream stopped after several of my friends secretly prayed around my bed one night after I told them the dream. The dream ended! I was no longer afraid to sleep because I would not have the dream of the angry captive.
God is that monster to many people. Some people view God as an angry captor Who will not be appeased. They are trapped in a recurring nightmare. No matter what they do, they can not appease God’s anger. Or so they think.
What is “propitiation”?
God has wrath that needs to be dealt with. When humanity sinned in the garden of Eden, it ignited anger or wrath. Romans 1 speaks of God’s wrath even today.
The word “propitiation” can be thought of as appeased. When Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, the anger or wrath of God was poured onto Him and removed from humanity. This was not a divine child abuse situation, in that He took the punishment Himself!
Ok, these are lofty and debated issues. The point is that our sin ignited the justified wrath of God. Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection took that wrath away from humanity. God does have a right and reason to be angry. Jesus took the force of the wrath upon Himself. When we make Him Lord of our lives, we are no longer under the wrath of God.
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Evangel North Church – A multi-generational multi-ethnic church reaching a region with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of God.