Series 2 - Lesson 11 - Annotation 2
Why is Jehovah sometimes regarded as a God of wrath and vengeance, and sometimes as a God of loving-kindness and tender mercy?
2. Jehovah is sometimes regarded as a God of wrath and vengeance and sometimes as a God of loving-kindness and tender mercy, depending on the consciousness and the outpictured circumstances of the one writing or speaking about Jehovah.
Jehovah (The Lord), as Judge, was thought sometimes to punish His children, sometimes to defend, vindicate, and, deliver them. Man has looked to Jehovah as God or law outside himself, as giving the law through His holy men, such as Moses. When man does not recognize the law of God as being the law within himself, he considers it according to the "mental law of cause and effect," as a form of punishment. When man goes contrary to the law of his own being (Jehovah, Word, Logos, Christ, I AM, divine pattern) he suffers and then thinks God is a Being of wrath and vengeance — instead of blaming his own deviation. The same thing occurs in reverse: if all is well and good, man thinks God has changed to loving-kindness and tender mercy. The idea of God as love is important to the Truth seeker and to all who would come into the consciousness of themselves as "overcomers." With the idea of love being God, and God being love, comes the thought of being approved of God and blessed by Him for conforming not to some outer ritual but to the Christ righteousness that is man's nature and destiny.
Preceding Entry: Explain how Jehovah is the "judge" of all the earth. What is the "earth"?
Following Entry: What is righteousness as applied to Jehovah? What is righteousness as applied to manifest man?