The Love of God, pt 2

Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has
your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not {your countenance} be
lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and
its desire is for you, but you must master it." – Genesis 4:6-7

Does this sound like an angry God waiting to pounce on the first unsuspecting sinner He can find?

I would have to
say that the first thing I thought of when I re-read this passage was
that of King David and Absalom. God did not want Cain to fail. God was
not waiting for Cain to kill Abel so He could banish him. No, this is
the sentence of a loving Father telling his son that he must master the
very thing that will destroy him. Father knows what anger and jealousy
will do to a man, and wanted Cain to work past it. Nevertheless, Cain
did fail and he murdered his own brother, Abel, out of his extreme
jealousy over the favor God gave Abel.

Surely an angry
God would pronounce "an eye for an eye" over Cain! But he didn’t. No,
the loving Father once again let mercy triumph over judgment. He even
put a mark on Cain’s forehead – not to pronounce him guilty to the
world, but to let the world know that his Father was protecting him,
and that they should not take vengeance on Cain for Abel’s death.

Let me take another passage from a letter of one of Jesus’ disciples to the "church" of the first century:

Beloved, let us
love one another, for love is of God and everyone who loves is born of
God and knows Him. The one who does not love, cannot know God, for God is Love. – 1 John 4:7-8

My
apologies to the Reformation preachers that I have heard so much about;
the men who preached God’s judgment, wrath, and anger to crowds of
horrified sinners… I used to believe in that God, but that is not the
God of the Bible; that is not the Great "I AM" that spoke to Moses. He
doesn’t stand ready to judge us, ready to crush us when we fail Him. He
has never been that way. He never will be that way. Remember, God is
Love. 

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