Last evening I watched a movie of a well-known atheist reading a passage from his book in which he described the God of the Old Testament with a string of 20-30 extremely nasty words. I wondered if this man has ever read through the Old Testament. Because the God I find there is nothing like that.
To a sheep, his shepherd is diligently caring and jealously protective. But to a predator, the shepherd is fierce and dangerous.
To a bear cub, his mother is gentle, nurturing and loving. But just let a human wander into the area, and she turns into a killing machine.
Similarly, those who come to God as His humble and obedient children find Him to be a self-sacrificing Savior, faithful Father, abundant Provider, and worthy King . But those who rebel and defy Him will indeed experience His powerful fury. In Revelation 5:5-6, our Lord is revealed at the same time as a Lion and a Lamb:
“Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Then I saw a Lamb that looked as if it had been slaughtered.