Thank you sister/professor Joanne! This presentation is absolutely beautiful and points to God’s truth and absolute nature of divine perfection!
I quote these excerpts with a joy in my heart because of God’s truth!
“Yet, the evidence shows God’s love will never make peace with humankind’s current condition. The wrath of God springs from an infinite grief over broken people and the broken relationships between people and God, people and each other, and people with creation. God’s wrath flows from the beautiful and pure grief of a Being Who is breathtakingly holy and lovely. God Who loves and longs for intimacy with humankind, and for shalom among all creation, will have it.”
“The Wrath of God is God’s just judgment, God’s active, resolute opposition against all sin and evil, everything that is wicked and wrong. It is the consuming fire of the presence of God’s holiness which burns up in a fiery instant all that is not holy, all that is unholy.
Nothing that is unholy can survive contact with the purity of God’s holiness.
Like matter and antimatter, only one can remain once both have come into contact with each other.”
This got me thinking about something I had written more than a year ago which I would like to share here.
Anyone that knows anything about physics and biological life knows that intergalactic space travel; what these birds are suggesting, is not possible, and if the expense or matter anti-matter bending of physics weren’t enough in their minds to prove it an unattainable capability in our material frame of reference and science; the sheer foolhardiness and stupidity to think we or any corporeal beings that are biological like we; is beyond a fool’s errand to think otherwise!
“For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” Matthew 24:37
“Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.” Acts 3:19-21
First John 2:15-16 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”
Galatians 1:10 says, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Clearly from this verse, we cannot consistently please both God and the world. The desire for popularity and even fame or fortune is rooted in our old sinful nature. When we give in to it, we are living “according to the flesh” (Romans 8:5, 12).
“If we are consumed with loving the world, which means being devoted to the world’s treasures, philosophies, and priorities. God tells His own to set their priorities according to His eternal absolute value system. We are to “seek first” God’s kingdom and righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).
“The Wrath of God scoured away the sickness of sin, of corruption and death when Jesus drank the cup of God’s wrath at the cross.
God continues to cleanse the hearts of those who come to the Lord in faith, seeking reconciliation.
And it is at least partly through the agency of the wrath of God that injustice will be replaced with justice, that what is wrong will be made right, what is broken remade, the dead reborn, creation renewed, and the cosmos restored to shalom.”
Revelation 21:4 “promises, He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, no mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III
Isaiah must have been gazing with such joy into the glory of that far away day of promise, and then lowered his eyes to the reality of what was going down around him.
The near-term prophesy of God’s wrath still had to be addressed.
Because of the people’s refusal to repent, God’s hand was stretched out in judgment.
God’s Judgment on Arrogance
The people in Samaria refused to see the fall of the northern provinces, Zebulun and Naphtali, to Assyria as God’s judgment of them.
The Lord sent a word against Jacob,
and it fell on Israel,
and all the people knew it—
Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria—
but in pride and arrogance of heart they said:
“The bricks have fallen,
but we will build with dressed stones;
the sycamores have been cut down,
but we will put cedars in their place.”
Isaiah 9:8-11 (NRSV)
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