God’s wrath and mercy
- What do you think of when you think of God’s wrath?
- Is God just when He shows wrath toward anyone?
Read Exodus 11:4-10 (HCSB)
We just read God’s warning to Pharaoh. What do you notice about God’s wrath in this passage?
- God warned people before He carried out His wrath.
- Here, God does not punish people without warning them first.
- God is so good that He doesn’t punish people without warning them first, even if they deserve that punishment or deserve God’s wrath.
- What are some other stories in Scripture where God warns people before punishing them?
- Jonah warned the Ninivites and they turned to God.
- The prophets warned Israel when Israel strayed from God.
- Angels warned people like Balaam and Jacob
- How does God warn us, today, before punishing us?
- Through advice from others.
- He may convict us secretly.
- He warns us in His Word.
- God does not punish without proper warning.
- This is one of the things that makes Him such a great God!
Where do you see God’s mercy in this passage?
- First of all, He warned Pharaoh.
- Second, He gave Pharaoh several chances before this with the other plagues.
- Third, He saved an entire nation: Israel.
- Israel believed God and God delivered the people from Egypt.
- When we are separated from God because of our sin, there are two possible outcomes.
- Either we will receive His wrath or He will deliver us.
- God used the Passover lamb as a sign of Israel’s belief and through which they would be delivered.
- In our context, God uses the cross as a sign of our belief and delivers us through the power of the Messiah: Jesus Christ.
- The Passover lamb in Exodus foreshadowed the coming of Christ and the deliverance of all people.
- Read God’s instructions in Exodus 12:6-11
We’ve learned that God does not act rashly or quickly.
- When God punishes us, is He just in doing so?
- When God delivers us, is He right in doing so?
- Judging from this passage, God does not make mistakes and He also stays beyond reproach.
- If we are God’s people, we should also think about what we do before we do it.
- We should not respond to people in our anger.
- This is what it means to be wise.
- With God as our example, let us pursue all wisdom.
- It is not impossible for a young man or young woman to practice extraordinary wisdom.
- Let us also ask for God to always deliver us and to trust Him to do what is right and good.