When the LORD heard them, he was furious;
his fire broke out against Jacob,
and his wrath rose against Israel,
for they did not believe in God
or trust in his deliverance.
Our human inability to comprehend God has led many to conclude erroneously that the God described in the Old Testament is totally different from the God of the New Testament. The restrictions and limitations we all have to understand that God is far beyond what we can reason has led many to fall into unproductive discussions and doctrinal positions at odds with orthodoxy. Our handling of the concepts of love and mercy prevent us from finding reconciliation with the concepts of justice and truth. We constantly ask how is it possible that God is love and at the same time he is a consuming fire? This mistaken view is based on our pride. We think that we are like God and so we attempt to analyze him in light of our own experience as if he were human. Some even try to place themselves above God and want to circumscribe him within a completely understandable and manageable concept that their clumsy and dull minds can understand.
God is and can be all that he says he is and can be. For him nothing is impossible. Our reasoning can not preclude the existence and quality of our heavenly Father. He created us and not the other way around. His existence does not depend on our understanding. With humility and obedience let us recognize our own limitations and the majesty and authority of our God. He loves us and wants the best for us and will do whatever is necessary to accomplish it whether we like it and understanding it or not. Let us not be foolish and let us stop prompting his anger which may seem to our weak minds as something inconsistent or incompatible with his love. Many have been driven by their human reasoning to their own grief. God first loved us, let us accept his love and justice. To God alone be the glory!