Monday, May 22, 2017

OUR CREATOR GOD


In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

There are those precious moments in life when we stop to reflect upon all that is around us and we are left amazed at the vastness, the intricateness and the sheer beauty of it all. And to think that all of God’s creation has come about simply by His Word. He merely speaks and all that is is because He has willed it to be so. It all displays that He is indeed …
the most creative artist.
the most ingenious engineer.
the most brilliant physicist.
the master designer and architect.
God has made the smallest and most intricate to the largest and most vast. He designs, creates and sustains, from the smallest of particles we have observed, the Proton at 1x 10 ^-15 meters (15 zeros after the decimal point), to the largest of observable objects, the Hercules-Corona Borealis Great Wall. This object takes light 10 billion years to traverse. Consider that light travels at 671 Million miles per hour. From the minute to the massive, He has spoken it into being from absolutely nothing.
All the masterful laws of physics are according to His great doing.
Every particle of matter and every measure of space in between is His creation. All of time came into being and began by Him who set it in motion. All energy and force has come from Him and yet He has not been diminished in power in any way. All the mass of spiritual beings were created by the Lord. This answers the common, yet naive question of the day, "Who made God?" 
All of the seeming chaos of creation He has precisely set in order. He created the wonderful symbiotic relationships, where all things depend and affect one another. His design and function of things and processes are nothing but masterful.
All that He does displays His brilliance, His power, His beauty, His sovereignty and His glory.
Humanity is still discovering places, objects, processes and even living things. So far nearly 1.2 million living species have been identified. It is said that 86% of our planet’s species have YET to be discovered. We are having a hard time figuring out our own bodies and planet, let alone the vast universe. It is all to His glory.
In all that God has created, that which He has called very good, what is the height of His creation? You and I.
Certainly you made my mind and heart; you wove me together in my mother’s womb. I will give you thanks because your deeds are awesome and amazing. You knew me thoroughly;” Psalm 139:13–14
We were the last of His created order; the culmination of His magnificent work of creation. Our ability to create - though we can only work with what He has made - is a reflection of His image in us. 
And yet He has more to create –
For look, I am ready to create new heavens and a new earth! The former ones will not be remembered; no one will think about them anymore. But be happy and rejoice forevermore over what I am about to create!” Isaiah 65:17–18
What's the purpose for His creation? His glory. 
for all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:16
You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, since you created all things, and because of Your will they existed and were created!” Revelation 4:11
You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, along with all their multitude of stars, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You impart life to them all, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.” Nehemiah 9:6
The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky displays His handiwork. Day after day it speaks out; night after night it reveals His greatness. There is no actual speech or word, nor is its voice literally heard. Yet its voice echoes throughout the earth; its words carry to the distant horizon. In the sky He has pitched a tent for the sun.” Psalms 19:1-4
All of His creation is for His glory and for us, the height of His creation. Take time today to find a quiet spot among His creation, still yourself, look all around and enjoy His creation. And before you move on towards the rest of your busy day, rise and give Him a well deserved standing ovation. 
More Scriptures:
John 1:3 - “All things were created by Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.
Hebrews 2:10 - “For it was fitting for Him, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Psalms 148:3-5 - “Praise Him, O sun and moon! Praise Him, all you shiny stars! Praise Him, O highest heaven, and you waters above the sky! Let them praise the name of the LORD, for He gave the command and they came into existence.

Friday, May 19, 2017

THE WRATH OF GOD

Greater minds and greater hearts have described the Lord in greater ways. For this particular attribute of God, I concede that others do better in painting a mental picture for us. At the end of this human explanation we will allow the Lord to describe Himself through His Words. The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology explains the wrath of God as the following: 

"WRATH. The permanent attitude of the holy and just God when confronted by sin and evil is designated his ‘wrath’. It is inadequate to regard this term merely as a description of ‘the inevitable process of cause and effect in a moral universe’ or as another way of speaking of the results of sin. It is rather a personal quality, without which God would cease to be fully righteous and his love would degenerate into sentimentality. His wrath, however, even though like his love it has to be described in human language, is not wayward, fitful or spasmodic, as human anger always is. It is as permanent and as consistent an element in his nature as is his love. This is well brought out in the treatise of Lactantius, De ira Dei.
The injustice and impiety of men, for which they have no excuse, must be followed by manifestations of the divine wrath in the lives both of individuals and of nations (see Rom. 1:18–32); and the OT contains numerous illustrations of this, such as the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the downfall of Nineveh (see Dt. 29:23; Na. 1:2–6). But until the final ‘day of wrath’, which is anticipated throughout the Bible and portrayed very vividly in Rev., God’s wrath is always tempered with mercy, particularly in his dealings with his chosen people (see, e.g., Ho. 11:8ff.). For a sinner, however, to ‘trade’ upon this mercy is to store up wrath for himself ‘on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed’ (Rom. 2:5). Paul was convinced that one of the main reasons why Israel failed to arrest the process of moral decline lay in their wrong reaction to the forbearance of God, who so often refrained from punishing them to the extent they deserved. They were presuming upon ‘the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience’, and failed to see that it was intended to lead them to repentance (Rom. 2:4).
In their unredeemed state men’s rebellion against God is, in fact, so persistent that they are inevitably the objects of his wrath (Eph. 2:3), and ‘vessels of wrath made for destruction’ (Rom. 9:22). Nor does the Mosaic law rescue them from this position, for, as the apostle states in Rom. 4:15, ‘the law brings wrath’. Because it requires perfect obedience to its commands, the penalties exacted for disobedience render the offender more subject to the divine wrath. It is, to be sure, only by the merciful provision for sinners made in the gospel that they can cease to be the objects of this wrath and become the recipients of this grace. The love of God for sinners expressed in the life and death of Jesus is the dominant theme of the NT, and this love is shown not least because Jesus experienced on man’s behalf and in his stead the misery, the afflictions, the punishment and the death which are the lot of sinners subject to God’s wrath.
Consequently, Jesus can be described as ‘the deliverer from the wrath to come’ (see 1 Thes. 1:10); and Paul can write: ‘Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God’ (Rom. 5:9). On the other hand, the wrath of God remains upon all who, seeking to thwart God’s redemptive purpose, are disobedient to God’s Son, through whom alone such justification is rendered possible.”

Bibliography. R. V. G. Tasker, The Biblical Doctrine of the Wrath of God, 1951; G. H. C. Macgregor, ‘The Concept of the Wrath of God in the New Testament’, NTS 7, 1960–1, pp. 101ff.; H.-C. Hahn, NIDNTT 1, pp. 105–113. 


What God Says of Himself?

“Vengeance is mine says the Lord and I will repay.” Romans 12:19

Deuteronomy 29:23-28  23The whole land will be a burning waste of salt and sulfur—nothing planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in fierce anger. 24All the nations will ask: “Why has the Lord done this to this land? Why this fierce, burning anger?” 25And the answer will be: “It is because this people abandoned the covenant of the Lord, the God of their fathers, the covenant he made with them when he brought them out of Egypt. 26They went off and worshiped other gods and bowed down to them, gods they did not know, gods he had not given them. 27Therefore the Lord’s anger burned against this land, so that he brought on it all the curses written in this book. 28In furious anger and in great wrath the Lord uprooted them from their land and thrust them into another land, as it is now.” 

Exodus 4:1414Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and his heart will be glad when he sees you. 

Deuteronomy 9:7-8  7Remember this and never forget how you provoked the Lord your God to anger in the desert. From the day you left Egypt until you arrived here, you have been rebellious against the Lord. 8At Horeb you aroused the Lord’s wrath so that he was angry enough to destroy you. 

2 Samuel 6:7  7The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down and he died there beside the ark of God. 

Psalm 103:8  8The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. 

John 2:13-17  13When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” 17His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 

Romans 1:18  18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 

Romans 2:55But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 

Romans 2:88But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 

Romans 5:99Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 

Romans 9:2222What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? 

Ephesians 2:33All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 

Ephesians 5:66Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 

Colossians 3:66Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 

1 Thessalonians 1:10  10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath. 

Jeremiah 10:10  10But the Lord is the true God;  he is the living God, the eternal King.  When he is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath. 

Isaiah 60:10  10“Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you.  Though in anger I struck you, in favor I will show you compassion. 

Jeremiah 21:55I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and a mighty arm in anger and fury and great wrath. 

Jeremiah 32:3737I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety. 

Psalm 38:1 O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. 

Psalm 102:10  10because of your great wrath,  for you have taken me up and thrown me aside. 

Zechariah 7:12  12They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the Lord Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the Lord Almighty was very angry. 

Joshua 22:20  20When Achan son of Zerah acted unfaithfully regarding the devoted things, did not wrath come upon the whole community of Israel? He was not the only one who died for his sin.’” 

1 Chronicles 27:24  24Joab son of Zeruiah began to count the men but did not finish. Wrath came on Israel on account of this numbering, and the number was not entered in the book of the annals of King David. 

2 Chronicles 24:1818They abandoned the temple of the Lord, the God of their fathers, and worshiped Asherah poles and idols. Because of their guilt, God’s anger came upon Judah and Jerusalem. 

2 Chronicles 32:26  26Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the Lord’s wrath did not come upon them during the days of Hezekiah. 

Isaiah 34:2  2The Lord is angry with all nations; his wrath is upon all their armies.  He will totally destroy them, he will give them over to slaughter. 

Isaiah 54:8 8In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer. 

Hebrews 10:31   31It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 



Thursday, May 18, 2017

OUR INFINITE GOD - OUTSIDE THE BOX


“OUTSIDE THE BOX”
Infinite God

Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit.   Psalm 147:5  (NIV)

“Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? 8They are higher than the heavens—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the grave—what can you know? 9Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea. … 14And these are but the outer fringe of His works; how faint the whisper we hear of Him! Who then can understand the thunder of His power?” Job 11:7-9, 14  (NIV)

When attempting to understand that God is infinite we need to get beyond the common ideas of time and space. The fact that He is infinite means that He is unrestricted. The Lord is without limits or in other words, not subject to limitations. He is immeasurable, that is, He can’t be counted or measured. He is boundless or without boundaries. He is incapable of increase.  Unsearchable. Incomprehensible. Fills all. Absolute perfection. Wholly complete. Therefore He is not a creature of time and space. We cannot apply the limitations of finite creation upon Him – for He is the infinite Creator.  

We must remember that matter is finite. God is not. He alone is infinite. He is above all. He is incomparable. I cannot find anything even close that compares with Him.  He is indescribable and beyond expression.  

Infinite in what way? Infinite in magnitude. Infinite in all His perfections. He is Bigger, He is better, He is best. He just doesn’t stop. He is higher, better, farther. Race through in your mind all the other attributes. Infinite in goodness. That means He is “gooder” than anything. He is the “goodest”. He is the holiest. He is best. He is immeasurable in all His qualities. That makes the Lord unlimited. There is no end to his ability to do or be anything.      

He is vast and unbound. He has no borders, no limits, no boundaries – except one. He is only bound by who He is and how He has revealed Himself to be in His Word. Because He is infinitely loving, He cannot be anything but loving. Because He is infinitely holy, He cannot be anything but holy. Because He is infinitely just, He cannot be anything but just.  

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us," Ephesians 3:20 (NIV) 

Only an infinite God can pull that off because I have a pretty good imagination. I can ask for some big things. But He is beyond all that. He is just plain beyond.  

Put them together with eternity and you have attributes that are infinite in depth and will last for all of time. His infinite love will last forever. His infinite holiness will last forever. His infinite mercy will last forever. If either of those ceased to be then I would be a mess. Then He would fail me at some point in eternity. But the reality is that He will not.  

God beats anything, anytime, anyhow. He will continually satisfy better than anyone or anything. He can take me higher. He can move me deeper. He can pull me closer. He can give me more. He is best.  

Because He is infinite, He who is highest was able to sink lowest in order to lift us up. What happened at His becoming a man is that the cleanest became the dirtiest, the purest became the most defiled, the most sought-after became the most rejected and the most glorious became the most despised.  Jesus infinitely fills all our extremes.  

"God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."  2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)  

It was His infinite love that covered our infinite sin once and for all. That is why Christ only needed to die once. He forgave us completely – infinitely.  

It is simple to lose the awe of a person or thing when we are around them or it continually. It will never happen with the Lord. The angels have been at it for a long time and they still fall at His feet in worship. There is always more of God than we know and perceive and will ever perceive. You and I will spend eternity learning more every day of the infinite ways of God.  

How does the fact that God is infinite affect my day?  

- There is more of Him available to me today. He can more than fill my life. He can more than satisfy. He can do more. He brings His infinite love, power, attention, presence, wisdom, knowledge, compassion, grace, and mercy to my situation. "An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others."  A. W. Tozer

- When it comes to God there will always be an abundance. If I am not being filled by Him and satisfied by Him then I am being ripped off, someone is lying to me and I am being deceived.  

- There is no limit to my growth in Him. No limit to my praise and experience of Him. Of course I will spend eternity praising Him because I will always learn and experience more and more of Him. He just gets greater – or should we say we just begin to perceive how great He really is.  

- As His children we have the Infinite One always by our side. It’s simple math. Me alone can’t do anything or be anything. Zero plus infinity equals infinity. One plus infinity still makes infinity. Adding God to my situation, my dilemma makes the dilemma as nothing. For no thing nor no one can prevail against Him and I. Because He will stand, I will stand. Because He will prevail, I will prevail. I will endure because He is. The incapable is filled with the infinitely capable.  

Do The Math:

God =  

My situation   BIG PROBLEM

God  >  My situation

Therefore:  My situation + God = No Problem!


DIGGING DEEPER

1 Kings 8:27 27“But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain You. How much less this temple I have built! (NIV)

Jeremiah 23:24 24Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord. (NIV)

Romans 11:33 33Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! (NIV)

Colossians 1:17 17He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (NIV)

Ephesians 3:20 20Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, (NIV)


WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID:

“Sinning against an infinite God is an infinite offense requiring on infinite payment. A finite person cannot make up for the infinite offense. Only Christ can ultimately pay the price.”   

“God has infinite, or unlimited, resources to help us.” 

"In our physical world, we can measure everything. We can measure the size and weight of the Earth and we can measure the energy in an electron. Everything in our world has a definite dimension. However, God cannot be measured, sized, or gauged." 

"When you think no one can touch the broken part of your life, your infinite God with His infinite love can melt away every hurt. Your infinite God can destroy physical obstacles and vaporize barriers no one else can touch. When His infinite love touches the finite parts of your life and all its pain, suffering, and difficulties then something is going to give and the give is always by the pain, suffering, and difficulties. Your infinite God created the finite and because He created the finite He can fix it, change it, shape it, form it, or do away with it … whatever is His pleasure to do, He can do it."

"All things are possible with God" - Jesus 


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Jealous God


The Jealousy of God
“I will not give my glory to another.”  Isa 42:8  
For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. Deuteronomy 4:24

1 a : intolerant of rivalry or unfaithfulness  b : disposed to suspect rivalry or unfaithfulness. Merriam-Webster, 1996

That’s a wild concept - God being jealous. But isn’t that a bad thing? We no doubt have images in our mind of a jealous person who clings, oppresses, acts out in rage, suspects continually and only wants things and people for their own cause. They are jealous because they need the things or the people to make them happy and secure. That’s the ugly and down side of jealousy. There is however a beautiful upside to jealousy. Think about it. Wouldn’t we be upset if one we loved was not jealous for us? Don’t they care that their relationship with me may be taken away? Am I important enough for them to be upset if they lost me? Their jealousy would show us that they want us and us alone. They want to do all to protect our relationship. They will not allow another to steal us away. They will defend our cause, our reputation, our very life. It all comes down to the fact that they desire us.  

What makes God’s jealousy different from ours is that He does not need us or our love. He can exist perfectly well without it. He would not be any the lesser without us. But the fact does remain that the Lord wants us. It is the choice He makes from His loving nature. The Christian life is a lot about intimacy. We were made to be intimate with the Lord. 

Here is a small example of how part of His jealousy works. I would be mortified if another man ran off with my wife. (I’ve seen it happen to many others and it is devastating.) All that I have given, invested, care for, entrusted myself towards, taken pleasure in, given my heart towards, cherished, and sacrificed for only to be stolen by another. What would be my reaction? Anger. Hurt. Pain. Betrayal. But also deep concern for my beloved. Scripture tells us that there is no more rage than that of a jealous lover. Who against?  Mostly towards the one who stole my wife. But also, if she willingly went – I would be hurt by her. Spurned and rejected. Yet I would do all to get her back. I would do all to restore our intimacy. How much more is this true for our God. 

The Lord is strong in His love for His beloved. Christ has offered His own life to save us from one who would steal us. He has bought us with His own blood. 

Jealousy is indeed not a sign of weakness but of strength. A weak, self-preserving and miserable person would surrender their beloved. One who is strong in love would readily do all to keep their beloved and not let another steal them away. What love would there be if one did not fight for their loved one? The beloved has been deceived and led away. Should not the lover sacrifice much to retrieve and capture back the one they care so deeply for? Rightness must prevail. The relationship must not be violated.  

And yet, there is another and more dominant form of jealousy revealed in scripture. It is where one’s reputation is at stake. A jealousy comes about when another is made superior to you or has an advantage over you. You will not have something that is rightfully yours taken away. That which you own and possess is not to be stolen. God reveals from the outset to humanity that He is a jealous God. The story of God’s jealousy towards us may make for a wonderful love story.  However, the context of jealousy in regard to God appears to have more to do with His reputation. The first statement God makes of Himself in the Ten Commandments is that He is a jealous God.  

Exodus 20:4–6  4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is on the earth beneath or that is in the water below.5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I, the Lord, your God, am a jealous God, responding to the transgression of fathers by dealing with children to the third and fourth generations of those who reject me,6 and showing covenant faithfulness to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

His name is Jealous! Imagine serving a god who did not defend their name. If the god didn’t defend their name then it means their authority is in question and able to be usurped. But God does jealously defend His name, His sovereignty and His glory. 

Isaiah 48:11  For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this.  How can I let myself be defamed?  I will not yield my glory to another. 

It gives us, those who have committed their lives to Christ, a deep sense of security when God our Father defends His holy name. 

In the first instances of God describing Himself as jealous He uses a Hebrew word which has the root idea of “becoming red faced”. The word for jealousy in the New Testament is where we get the word, “zeal” or “envy”. Oh, how I would love to soften and pretty up the jealousy of God. It almost seems primitive that God is portrayed as jealous, let alone having jealous anger. But I find it difficult to counter who He reveals Himself to be in scripture. The problem lies not with Him, by rather my lack of understand and misconceptions. I want Him to be a jealous lover – which indeed He is. Yet He is also jealous for His glory. His jealousy burns like a raging fire. And my response is simply to yield to that. It is well deserved. Who am I to question? Who am I to get bent out of shape because God gets upset and He doesn’t fit in the pretty little nice box I put Him in. He is wonderfully jealous.  

God’s jealousy will also protect that which is His own – His people, His name, and His fame. He is standing for what is rightfully belongs to Him. He will not allow anyone to run over Him and take away what is duly His. He will not give His glory to another. He will not allow His name to be dishonored. He will not allow His reputation to be negated. For Him, acting jealousy is the right thing to do.  It is for our best interest as that the Lord acts in jealousy. When seeing the Lord’s house being misused, Jesus Himself acted in great zeal (Mk 11:12). The scriptures says that this zeal consumed Him. The Lord does care greatly for His reputation. So must we.  


Digging Deeper:
Deuteronomy 4:2323Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that He made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the Lord your God has forbidden. 
Nahum 1:2  2The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The Lord takes vengeance on His foes and maintains His wrath against His enemies. 
Joshua 24:19 19Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord. He is a holy God; He is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. 
Isaiah 42:8  8“I am the Lord; that is my name!  I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols. 
Joel 2:18  18Then the Lord will be jealous for His land and take pity on His people. 
Psalm 79:5  5How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever?  How long will your jealousy burn like fire? 
1 Corinthians 10:22  22Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than He? 
Exodus 34:13-14  13Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and cut down their Asherah poles.   14Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. 
2 Corinthians 11:22I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. 
Deuteronomy 32:21  21They made me jealous by what is no god and angered me with their worthless idols.    I will make them envious by those who are not a people; I will make them angry by a nation that has no understanding. 
1 Kings 14:2222Judah did evil in the eyes of the Lord. By the sins they committed they stirred up his jealous anger more than their fathers had done. 
Isaiah 31:1  1Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the Lord. 

Zephaniah 1:18  18Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lord’s wrath. In the fire of his jealousy the whole world will be consumed, for he will make a sudden end of all who live in the earth.”