We can anger the Lord

Numbers Bible Background

02.26.2016 Old Testament: Num 16.20–21

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 16–17 on February 26, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Lord our God has compassion, patience, grace, and mercy beyond anything we could ever imagine, but He also has wrath and anger. Moses saw it when Israel disapprove of the Lord’s choice of Moses as leader of Israel,

And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment” (Numbers 16.20–21).

The New Testament also shows the potential for man to stir up the wrath of the Lord. To avoid His wrath, we should accept whatever He says and whatever He does, for He also does things in righteousness, and if we disagree with Him to the extent that we rebel against Him, then we are the ones with the problem, not Him.


  • Did you know that before you became a Christian the wrath of God was ready to be poured out on you? (Rom 1.18).
  • Does the Old Testament picture one God and the New Testament another one?
  • Does God change, or is He the same always?

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