Character of God: God's Hot Nose
Are two verses in Exodus Thirty, four verses six and seven were God proclaims about himself. Five attributes five characteristics that are fundamental to who got Bible is I two we discussed in the last two episodes. That God is compassionate. That is he cares for us like a mother cares for a child and secondly that God is gracious. That is that he sees in us in humanity something that's valuable and worth showing favour to even though we often prove the opposite. These first two characteristics kind of Nice and they give me warm fuzzies. Many people in our culture have a default belief that if they believe in God either want to believe or just do believe that he's charitable and generous and good that he has pathos in that way many people with there's a being Burnett Energy Permeating Compassionate and gracious and what they, what describing is a being with pathos who's moved the third attribute the one right at the center of the five. Is a bit different. God proclaimed about himself that he is slow to anger and actually. That isn't really inaccurate. Thank you tend to center because it's the only one that isn't positive as such or you could say it's a stating a secondary. It's addressing something about God about how God response the anger is not a basic attribute of God it's. Responsive pattern of God's behavior. In response the evil but actually it's thirty six can bring it around and say, but slow to anger. That's what's Court. Character slow? Tang. Which means that when he gets angry, it's measured strategic. It's for a certain reason. But why an angry God. At all I mean angry people. Are Scary. Angry people are fun to be around. Angry people cause problems right What anger means to us is different. What anger meant to ancient Israelites the associations with anger way that we even talk about anger now is different than our grandparents would have talked about anger a person who is truly good. We'll get angry sometimes. If you're familiar with the Bible, you'll know there are. Loads of stories and poems about God being angry. And not just you know a little frustrated we're talking lightsout hit the mat you're done cutting. And today we're GONNA look. At many of those passages. I'm just called this the problem of God's wrath for modern readers Bible. There are some narratives where God gets angry and then he acts in some way that's terrifying and with you start to stack up these stories and take them out of context, you can end up with a pretty distorted portrait of God. Because? What the God of the Bible wants us to see about him is that yes, he gets angry at evil and violence and human suffering. But what's core about his character is how he responds and that is with patients in with four sites that God is slow to anger joining us. Here we go. We'll hello today I have the pleasure once again to talk with to Bible scholars like usual Tim McKee, how you doing today today? Yeah Good Sunny Day, and also Chris Ikea. Hey. We've been together talking through five attributes of God that God describes himself with, and they come from a narrative in exodus chapter thirty, four God is talking with. Moses. On top of Mount Sinai, we talked in depth about the context of these verses and and we jumped into two of the five attributes today. The third attributes Tim, which is yes in Hebrew it's pronounced etiquette I am and it's translated in English traditionally as slow to anger those, we're going to see the actual Hebrew figure of speech used really fascinating. What means slow to anger, but it doesn't say slip anchor in Hebrew. You know these five character traits of God and exit thirty four six are arranged a little symmetrical mirror design. So the first two are pair we've talked about those Compassionate and Gracious. and. Then the last two are full of loyal love and faithfulness, and so those two pairs surround one character trait in the center that consists of two two words and slow to anger How important is that? This is a Cayenne and that sort of angers in the middle O- Well, it's cool. Because it just means. It reflects intentional design of the communication. It is interesting that the first two compassionate gracious our conceptual pair as well addressing in emotional response being deeply moved and then graciously being generous loyal love is important pair with faithfulness because they have to do with loyalty and reliability, and then this center one here think it's in the center because it's the only one that isn't positive as such. or you could say it stating secondary. It's addressing something about God about how God response say it this way? Yeah. In the four character traits godless is compassionate. Gracious, loyal, and faithful. But he does sometimes get angry and that is a reaction of God, it's not a part of his nature. It's something he reacts to and so fact that he has to be slow to anger marks. It s kind of than the others that's I don't know the. So I've thought about in the past I. Know You guys have any thoughts about that that make sense to me that anger is an attribute of God. It's a reaction. A reaction has a negative connotation to, but it's a response at times but Compassionate Gracious. Full of low eleven faithfulness. Those are maybe more how we think of attributes of a person or of God although in the Hebrew. And I know you'll talk about this. It's not stated as a negative necessarily. So at least there's something unique about this one that is a bit different than the others I wonder too. If it's at the center because of the surrounding narrative, maybe it's a main point in what's happening with Moses and the people more than the other words are really significant to in the narrative but maybe slow to anger really defines that God is deciding to hold back his response of anger in this moment, because the context of this narrative is that while God is working with Moses to secure this covenant what would you call it assist the Covenant Partnership Covenant Argument Yeah that the remainder of Israelites are abandoning it breaking the first of the ten commandments creating an idol. Yeah and if anything's GonNa make God a bit angry that would that would be one thing. and. So that's what you're saying Chris says that the context here is God is justified to be angry but right in the center of all these attributes, he points out the actually slow to anger.