Jesus was a peacemaker throughout his earthly ministry. He didn’t go around killing those who opposed him. He even told his disciples, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” Matthew 5:44
But when reading the Old Testament, God ordered the slaughter of entire nations. These two approaches seem polar opposites. Did God change from being more loving and tolerant?
On the one hand, the Lord commanded the Israelites: “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13) This commandment prohibited any unlawful killing.
On the other hand, God commanded his people, “However, in the cities of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes” Deuteronomy 20:16
This was an example of legal killing as an act of divine judgment of God against sin.
There is no doubt that the Lord unleashed his anger against the sins of the Canaanites. By participating in practices such as incest, adultery, homosexuality and bestiality, which will provoke their creator.
Here are two things we should remember about God. The wrath of God is much greater than the anger of man towards sin, and the love of God is much greater than the love of man for others.
How did God respond to our evil? Fortunately, he sent his only Son to take our place on the cross. Jesus suffered the pain and punishment that we deserved and I paid.
You can say: “I don’t deserve to be paid for my sins.”
The love of God is a million times greater than the love of man. Earthly parents wouldn’t send their only child to die to save 10 criminals. It just wouldn’t happen.
Why did God send his only Son to the cross? to show his love for us, as well as his judgment against sin. The justice of God demands that the offenders be punished, and the Father arranged that the perfect sacrifice of his Son expiates our sins. Jesus took the punishment for our sins “once and for all” 1 Peter 3:18 ; Romans 6:10
“The punishment that brought us peace was on him” Isaiah 53:5
GOD NEVER CHANGES
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” Hebrews 13:8
The Love of God is much deeper, God’s wrath against sin is also much stronger.
You are on one of the two boats at this moment. You are ‘accumulating anger,’ or resting in the mercy, grace and love of Jesus Christ for trusting him as his Savior?
There is a way to escape the wrath of God against sin, and it is under his grace and eternal protection. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be savedyou and your household” Acts 16:31