I saw your post earlier and wondered about the various means that wrath were classified there but never got back to it. Whenever a particular word is considered for how it is used, it seems reasonable to do a word search so that they can all be grouped together. Hence I did a search for the word wrath in the KJV version, and took a brief look through the references that came up. I didnt study these in detail but some interesting things became apparent.... - Unless I have misinterpreted the meaning, it seems that virtually all the early references in scripture have to do with the wrath of God as it pertains to nations (usually Israel) forsaking God and worshipping idols . - Then there would appear to be a number of references to the wrath of God against those who are enemies of Gods people. - There are a number of references to eternal wrath which is otherwise known as Hell. - There is one reference (Job 20:23) which perhaps could be characterized as the wrath upon the representative wicked man....and it appears to be a wrath visited upon the unrepentant and depraved individual while alive on earth as opposed to after death. - The word wrath of course comes up in the Book of Revelations which has to do with Gods wrath as it pertains to the big picture rebellious nature of his creation... surprisingly, the word wrath does not show up with reference to the Flood of Noah or with any of the more localized destructions such as Sodom and Gomorrah etc.
Ive take the word wrath to mean something quite different than say the word anger. Wrath has a judicial quality about it.... Gods wrath is calm and consequential and with outcomes that strictly have to do with separating right and wrong. The wrath classifications you outline seem to fit in with what Ive outlined above fairly well. With regards to the 5th one, I dont disagree with the concept of wrath of abandonment as it to falls under this concept of judicial outcomes....I just didnt see a Bible verse that associates the word wrath with it.
Thanks once again for your reply.
posted on 02/20/2011 12:44:26 PM PST
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