When many people think about the God of the Hebrew Bible, they think of a divine figure who is vindictive and wrathful, prone to outbursts of anger. But this perspective ignores the Bible’s complex portrait of God’s anger. At a key moment in the biblical story, God describes himself as “slow to anger.” So which is it? Is God slow to anger, or is he prone to it? In this six-part series, Tim, Jon, and Carissa take a deep dive into the Bible’s view of God’s anger and judgment.
This isn't a phrase buried in the Bible. God's description of himself to Moses becomes the most quoted verse in the entire Hebrew Bible. We take a first look at these verses in this episode.
Our second episode tackles the context of Exodus 34 and the narrative of the golden calf. Through this story, we see how God entrusts himself to people and how humanity repeately chooses their own way. Hear more in this episode.
Something about "hot noses?" In this episode, the team considers how the Bible talks about anger and what this tells us about God's depiction as an emotional being in the biblical story. Listen here.
Surprisingly, God's anger isn't mentioned at all in the book of Genesis. And the Bible often mentions God's judgment without describing God as being angry. In this episode, the team reviews a familiar story with insight that helps us understand God’s anger and judgment. Click here to listen.
The Hebrew Bible is filled with passages describing God "turning his face away" or nations being made drink a "cup of wrath." In this episode, we look at these phrases and God's anger with Israel and the nations. Listen here.
Many people think about Jesus as being the gracious and merciful counterpart to the angry God of the Hebrew Bible. But that's not true. Jesus talks often about God's judgment, even picking up on much of the language of the Hebrew prophets. Listen to the episode here.
Jesus saw his sacrifice as a substitute for the consequences humanity deserved. Through his death, he confronted the political powers of Rome and the evils of human corruption and dark spiritual forces. Listen to more in this episode.