“Thus shall my anger spend itself, and I will vent my fury upon them and satisfy myself. And they shall know that I am the Lord—that I have spoken in my jealousy—when I spend my fury upon them. You shall be a reproach and a taunt, a warning and a horror, to the nations all around you, when I execute judgments on you in anger and fury, and with furious rebukes—I am the Lord; I have spoken—. Wherever you dwell, the cities shall be waste and the high places ruined, so that your altars will be waste and ruined, your idols broken and destroyed, your incense altars cut down, and your works wiped out. And the slain shall fall in your midst, and you shall know that I am the Lord. Then those of you who escape will remember me among the nations where they are carried captive, how I have been broken over their whoring heart that has departed from me and over their eyes that go whoring after their idols. And they will be loathsome in their own sight for the evils that they have committed, for all their abominations. And they shall know that I am the Lord. I have not said in vain that I would do this evil to them. Thus I will spend my fury upon them. And you shall know that I am the Lord. Then they will know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 5:13,15; 6:6-7,9-10,12-14
These are hard words, but God’s words. His character is perfect and complete, and His righteous anger and judgment are as much a part of Him as His compassion and love. He does not delight to judge, but in His holiness He must, and He has divine purposes that point to the greater, all-encompassing, cosmos-changing judgment Jesus bore for us on the cross. (Job 32:12; Ezekiel 18:23,30-32; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 1:9)
“God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.” Psalm 7:11
He Who shows forth His majesty through the glories of color, the upholding of our earth in orbit and the certainty of day and night and seasons, the love between husband and wife, parent and child, the humor in a dog running figure-eights or a description of a character in a book, is the One Who will not yield His glory to another, and Whose holiness causes us to fall as unclean. (Isaiah 42:8; 48:11; 6:1-5)
The beauty of these passages is the stated intent (which I regularly mark in my Bible with a symbol), “that you may know that I am the LORD.” This high and holy transcendent God is also personal, immanent, and wants us to know Him! Like the facets of a polished diamond against black cloth, how beautiful His mercy against the backdrop of our sin and the righteous condemnation and judgment we deserve! The God Who judges sin without winking at or excusing it, is the God Who in immeasurable love sent His perfect only Son to bear on the cross the punishment we deserve. He exercises His whole character so we can know Him fully, and respond in richer worship.
My Father, increase my knowledge of the perfections of Your character, that I might know You better, and worship You more completely.