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Nature of Reality, Will the Real YHWH Please Step Forward 9) He Grieves

Updated on January 27, 2015

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Grief is an intense emotion, sadness, anguish, feeling emotional pain

Grief is an intense emotion, sadness, anguish, feeling emotional pain. At this writing we will grieve for a beloved aunt who has stopped dialysis and will die any day. Phone call are going between the relatives, everyone is already starting the grieving process. Most humans have experienced it and do from time to time.

YHWH is like this also, but this should be no surprise since we are like him. In Ephesians 4:30 we find: And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

He has a job to do, and that is to help us be better people. Grieving his is stopping his work in us.

Those of us who are parents, particularly if your kids are past age 16 will know it is the case that parents hope their kids will listen and also that they often do not and this grieves us.

The fact that he grieves shows us he cares for us, he has compassion.

YHWH is Compassionate

YHWH can show compassion, the emotional connection with another that makes us aware or their distress and the desire to do something about their condition.

[Deu 30:3 NIV]

then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you.

[2Ch 36:15 NIV]

The LORD, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place.

[Psa 86:15 NIV]

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

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YHWH is Patient

YHWH is patient most of the time. We could say all of the time, but as we have seen above, sometimes his patience expires. Look at how much grief he puts up with Israel in the wilderness, and even before arguing with Moses about a simple, yet potentially dangerous task of going back into Egypt. And then with Israel constantly griping about everything. However, as before he is not capricious, that is, he doesn’t make sudden changes or judgments. He is patient with people. He desires a relationship with us, his creation.

[Exd 34:6 NIV]

And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,"

Think for a minute. This is a prophet so close to God that God called him his friend. He knew god face to face. Moses went in front of Israel and listed some of the positive emotions he has. Do you really want to dismiss the words of a man who stood and talked directly to God for forty days? Seriously?

[Num 14:18 NIV]

The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.

[Psa 86:15 NIV]

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

[Rom 9:22 NIV]

What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath--prepared for destruction?

[1Pe 3:20 NIV]

to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water,

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YHWH can express delight, joy, happiness.

YHWH has emotional depth and range, he can express delight, joy, and, as before, happiness (being satisfied with the current situation or event).

[Zep 3:17 NIV]

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.

[Mat 25:21-23 NIV]

His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' "The man with two bags of gold also came. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.' "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'

Yes, this is an analogy, but it is analogous to what? Analogy means it is similar to, or equivalent, parallel to something else that is truly like the analogous items it is compared to. Parables are all analogies. Clocks with hour and minute had are analog clocks because they point to the hour and minute. A digital clock is not digital because it is electronic. The first digital cloaks simply rotated through a round roller of digits and displayed them accordingly. Digital does not mean electronic, it means to display digits.

Analogies are things that are used to illustrate similarities between to things. Jesus used analogies and parables to show similarities to things we have not yet seen.

Compare and Contrast

Contrast YHWH with the gods of the people around Israel at the time. This is made easier because King David does this for us in the beginning of Psalms 115.

[Psa 115:1-8 NIV]

Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Why do the nations say, "Where is their God?" Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.

Do you see the stark contract between a living God and a dead god, between an inanimate god and YHWH? It is pretty stark. In fact, it is opposite, as David contrasts here. Our God does as he pleases, their gods cannot do anything, they can’t see or hear, smell or speak, feel or walk, unlike YHWH. All of these are data input methods, it is how we learn what is going on around us.

God is Love

Remember when I said emotions tend to have a good and bad side, and the good side is needed to understand the bad side?

For some parents, like me, it is easier to show a harsh side than a soft side. This is my deficiency, I forget to express my love and that the anger, or displeasure, or frustration I show is because I love them but I am feeling some emotion at the time because that love is frustrated by something they did.

Most of what we see in YHWH seems to be exactly that, frustration that the people he loves are not responding to him, but he is patient with them, but his patience can wear thin, get to and even past the breaking point. When that happens, as we have seen, he can and does respond according to the situation, he is conditioned by our response. He warns of impending judgment and then turns away when people respond, or, if people do not, he shows his anger.

So, what is the good side, what are the good emotions? What personality traits does YHWH express?

[Rom 8:39 NIV]

neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

A basic human issue is insecurity. Here, YHWH tells us that in Christ Jesus our Lord we can never be separated. He has spared no expense to rebuild the broken relationship with mankind. He gave it all, and once restored he tells us we are secure. That is security indeed.

The basic insecure feeling likely came right as Adam sinned and broke the relationship he was designed to have with YHWH, and, lacking that, feels like some important relationship I missing.

Much of human behavior revolves around that feeling of a broken relationship. YHWH seeks to restore and rebuild that relationship and in Romans he details just how bad man can get, then how much he will secure us in that relationship one it is restored.

Do not mistake this for an emotion, it is not, it does not mean you will feel restored, you may continue to feel guilt and estrangement, rebellion and disaffection. But you control your feelings. YHWH does not violate your freedom of will because of the restored relationship, because even then it takes study and understanding and growth to help restore a lifetime of living a broken relationship.

[Eph 2:4 NIV]

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,

YHWH is Rich in Mercy

YHWH is rich in mercy. This is good. I need to be more like that…I imagine you could too.

[1Jo 2:5 NIV] But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:

Note that love is tied to obedience. But why? Because he knows what is best and the rules he lays down for humans are four our good, not his, and they are not made to restore the relationship, rather to help us live better lives.

A criminal is in improper relationship with the law. The criminal justice system attempts to correct the relationship and force compliance with the law, that is, to put the person in the correct relationship with it. As it is with YHWH, sometimes this works, and other times it does not, but the goal is to correct the improper relationship. The relationship to YHWH depends in part on obedience. Jesus said, If you love me, then keep my commandments. The antithesis is then true, if you do not truly love him, then you will break his commandments. Remember, he claimed to be YHWH. He spoke Greek and used the words in Greed directly related to the word YHWH, in Greek ego eimi, and other terms, such as [Jhn 10:30-31 NIV] I and the Father are one." Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him. They understood exactly what he meant. Here, Jesus was again claiming that it was he who gave the commandments and the law and insisted that you not break it if you were going to claim that you love him. Evangelicals, and to be fair, nearly all of Christendom break it and then to insist we do so with impunity claim we are not under the law. Take it up with Jesus who gave you the parameters of how you would know if you, or if someone else loved him, keep his commandments.

Jesus died at Passover, but we celebrate Easter, derived from the very word used over and over again in the Old Testament which said in Judges 3:10 he Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD; they forgot the LORD their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs. The word is transliterated there, in KJV it uses “groves,” meaning the carved poles, originally the religion of the Assyrian queen Semiramis, later in Europe it was changed to Ishtar, around which worship of false gods occurred, gods of spring and fertility, claimed she immaculately conceived Tammuz, who was killed by a wild pig, but to prove her power legend has it she turned a bird into an egg laying rabbit. To celebrate the life of the immaculately conceived Tammuz, they started to eat pigs every year, on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox. Ishtar claimed to be the Mother of God and Queen of Heaven and the celebration was named for her.

This is not a celebration of the Jewish Jesus, rather the celebration of a pagan queen which spread across Assyria, a wide swath extending from modern Turkey down to Israel, over past Afghanistan.

Obedience to the law is how we show our love to YHWH, to God, to Jesus. My suggestion is to revise your practices and start worshiping the true God.

[1Jo 4:7-20 NIV] Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

Well, perhaps this explains the anger in the Old Testament, and in the New. YHWH only wants the best for us, has told us how to behave, not because he is a tyrant but because, as the old TV show proclaimed, “Father knows best.” He gave us the law for our benefit, not his.

After all he has done, we keep resisting him and his efforts to help us, like a rebellious teenager, and finally he gets upset. Sometimes really upset.

Yes, as the text tells us when humans are first mentioned in the Bible, people are like that!

This idea would be reflected in the Bible also:

Ezekiel 12:2 Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people.

Matt 13:15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.

Acts 28:27 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.

Man very often ignores what YHWH is trying to say and takes whatever he wants from it, then refuses to change. Above YHWH speaks of his own people, and says of them that they are not seeing or hearing the truth that is right in front of them.

YHWH can be gracious

[2Ch 30:9 NIV]

If you return to the LORD, then your fellow Israelites and your children will be shown compassion by their captors and will return to this land, for the LORD your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him."

[Psa 86:15 NIV]

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

YWHY is emotionally very stable, he is not capricious:

[Psa 78:31-40 NIV]

God's anger rose against them; he put to death the sturdiest among them, cutting down the young men of Israel. In spite of all this, they kept on sinning; in spite of his wonders, they did not believe. So he ended their days in futility and their years in terror. Whenever God slew them, they would seek him; they eagerly turned to him again. They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer. But then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues; their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful to his covenant. Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return. How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved him in the wasteland!

Hey, there is that word “time again relating to YHWH. . .Time after time.

Can you see the genuine relationship YHWH wants with man? It is a give and take, just like any relationship.

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