(February 23, 2015)
Some people read the Old Testament (or, more particularly, don’t read the Old Testament but rather read about it) and spend their time criticizing the Lord for being evil, vengeful, and so forth. They talk about the ‘terror texts’ and how the God of the Old Testament is not a God that they want to serve.
Of course, this either shows their unfamiliarity with the workings of the Lord or their anger at the Lord for daring to tell them what to do. The God of the Old Testament is the God of Ezekiel – a God that longs for His people to accept Him and live according to His commandments because He loves them and wants them to be happy. He does not delight in the destruction of His people (even when it is necessary), but rather He strives to give those people opportunities to repent.