Thursday, October 12, 2017
“And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother’s fury turn away; Until thy brother’s anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?” (Genesis 27:44,45 KJV).
How does this “fury” compare to Almighty God’s anger?
Today’s Scripture reminds us of something we already know from personal experience. When someone irritates or wrongs us, we grow upset and desire to retaliate in like manner. Still, as time passes, our anger subsides: the wrath not as intense, the chances of revenge decrease. Moreover, memory fails us and we do not recall exactly what happened. This further reduces the likelihood of retribution.
As the end-time scenario unfolds, the Apostle Peter refers to mockers who say, “Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation” (2 Peter 3:4). Will God (Jesus Christ) come back and exact vengeance on His enemies? What is taking so long? Was He bluffing?
Peter continues writing by the Holy Spirit: “ For this they [the scoffers of verse 3] willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
In the above passage, Peter declares that God’s wrath is not like our fury. Delayed revenge in man’s dealings, which eventually results in diminished or no retaliation, is certainly not how the God of the Bible operates….