The wrath of God, the mercy of God…

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Lamentations 4:9 Happier were those pierced by the sword than those pierced by hunger, whose life drains away, deprived of the produce of the field. 10 The hands of compassionate women have boiled their own children; they became their food in the destruction of my people. 11 The LORD gave full vent to his wrath;  he poured out his hot anger, and kindled a fire in Zion that consumed its foundations.

Brutal language here as the writer is described the punishment God’s people suffered as a result of their unfaithfulness and iniquity. I’m struck by how out of character this God seems from the God of contemporary “God is love” theology. God is indeed a God of love, but God is also a God of justice. Even wrath. Sins are punished. Period. Which is why we need a savior. If I wondered where I would be without Jesus, this passage is not far from it. This is what my sin and brokenness deserve.

It breaks my heart to think of the people who actually lived this nightmare thousands of years ago. They didn’t have the option of turning to the Lord Jesus for forgiveness of sins, but we do. Let’s pray to our Savior.

Lord Jesus, just as our passage from Lamentations gives us insight into the character and nature of God the Father, so do you as God the Son. Today we once again place our hope in you, depending upon your mercy and forgiveness to spare us a fate like the one described in our passage. By definition we cannot earn your grace. We don’t deserve your grace. And yet we receive it with both hands as we pray in your holy name. Amen.

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