Summary of passage: The Lord is angry with Israel because of their pride and arrogance of heart. They have not returned to him nor have they sought him. So, the Lord will bring on Israel’s enemies to scorch the land, leaving the people hungry. Isaiah warns those in power who make unjust laws and oppress the people that nothing shall remain.
12a) Repeated phrase: Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised. Isaiah tells/lists the reasons for the Lord’s anger to explain why He is against Israel.
b) The people have not returned to Him nor have they sought Him. The people are prideful and arrogant.
13a) God’s angry when His people do not obey Him nor turn to Him, and ignore Him. God’s wrath is provoked by man’s sin when they turn against Him.
Deuteronomy 29:24-28 “All the nation will ask: “Why has the Lord done this to this land? Why this fierce, burning anger?” And the answer will be: “It is because this people abandoned the covenant of the Lord, the God of their fathers, the covenant he made with them when he brought them out of Egypt. They went off and worshiped other gods and bowed down to them, gods they did not know, gods he had not given them. Therefore the Lord’s anger burned against this land, so that he brought on it all the curses written in this book. In furious anger and in great wrath the Lord uprooted them from their land and thrust them into another land, as it is now.”
Isaiah 13: 6-13 In verse 9 “See, the day of the Lord is coming–a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger–to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners..I will punish the world for its evil..and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the Lord Almighty in the day of his burning anger.”
b) Personal answer. My answer: Most people discount His wrath and do not think it’s real. God is so far removed from their lives people believe there are no consequences. Consequences–They will be judged. They are not prepared for His return. They do not understand or accept His grace. They view God as angry when He’s only angry from His great love for us in our disobedience (like parents to children).
14) God gets angry over our behavior but loves us enough to grant us grace and forgiveness for our transgressions.
Romans 3:21-31 …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus…
Ephesians 2:3-5 “All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.”
Conclusions: Wow. I spent a couple of hours doing this lesson and learned a lot. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of finding passages that address God’s wrath and grace. I gained a much greater understanding of the reasons for God’s behaviors and felt even more loved and privileged by Him. There are many more passages but I picked the ones I liked the best to share with you. Feel free to share your favorites in the comment section. God bless!