Oh, you bet! Have you ever searched or studied the transgressions of Israel? Idolatry, whining, complaining, murmuring, unbelief, speaking against God, obstinate, stiff-necked, etc., etc. They grieved His heart with all their sins.
Throughout the Bible, God’s people angered Him quite often. They did not believe God would do what He said He would do. The psalmist Asaph tells us that Israel “did not believe in God, and did not trust in His salvation.” (Ps. 78:22 NKJV)
In other words, they did not trust in His yeshuw`ah. It means something saved, deliverance, welfare, aid, victory, and prosperity. (Hmmm…interesting word, isn’t it? Sound familiar? All are found in Jesus, Yeshua, the Lord is salvation.)
Psalm 78 is full of God’s anger against Israel for all their rotten behavior. In that chapter, as well in other places in the Old Testament, and among other things God did, it says…
* …abhorred and rejected His people.
* …struck them with a great plague.
* …sent snakes and fire among them.
* …gave them up to their detestable idols.
* …sent His wrath against them and killed them.
* …gave them over to their own stubborn hearts, to walk in their own desires.
* …“rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved his heart in that dry wasteland. Again and again they tested God’s patience and provoked the Holy One of Israel.” (Ps. 78:40-41 NLT) The New King James Version says they “limited the Holy One of Israel.”
* …“kept testing and rebelling against God Most High. They did not obey his laws.” (Ps. 78:56 NLT)
* …“Their pagan orgies provoked God’s anger, their obscene idolatries broke his heart.” (Ps. 78:58 Msg)
* …“refused to enter the pleasant land, for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them. Instead, they grumbled in their tents and refused to obey the Lord.” (Ps. 106:24-25 NLT)
* …“abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors…They went after other gods, worshiping the gods of the people around them. And they angered the Lord.” (Judges 2:12-13 NLT)
God’s people provoked or rebelled against Him; they angered or enraged, grieved, and troubled Him; they limited or grieved, caused pain, wounded, and troubled Him.
Oh, but…you say. That was in the Old Testament.
Okay. Then, let me ask you this:
Uh, no. He said of Himself, “I am the Lord, and I do not change.” (Mal. 3:6a NLT)
After a list of no-no’s in Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, he wrote, “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.” (Eph. 5:6-7 NKJV)
Oh, I don’t know about you, but I surely do not want to be stiff-necked, obstinate, grumbling, or go after other so-called gods, and be disobedient like Israel. I never want to incur God’s wrath.
How about you?