Anger or Righteous Indignation?

                                                               (Part 2)

What happens when anger becomes bitterness, bitterness becomes hate and hate, jealousy?  The Bible says that when King Saul kept a jealous watch on David that suddenly he hurled a spear at David, intending to pin him to the wall.”  This happened another time took for it says, “Saul was afraid of him and jealous because the Lord had left him and was now with David.”  So now we see another spirit working here, the spirit of fear.  Jealousy now works into fear and the spirit of fear wants to stop the person that you feel threatened by, which in turn causes another spirit, the spirit of murder.  Fear grows and as it says in verse 29 – “Saul became even more afraid of him and grew to hate him more with every passing day,”

Listen to this, anger and hate can grow.  Just as when we eat food our bodies grow and just as we feed our plants and they grow, so can we ‘feed thoughts’ by accepting, receiving the thoughts without weighing ‘where they originated.’  Then, once we accept the thoughts placed in front of us as ‘ours’, we feed them.  We accept thoughts which are placed in front of us.  They seem logical or we see others who have already accepted these ‘thoughts’ and we do not want to be ‘the outsider’ so we feed them by ‘putting them into action.’  These thoughts are now no longer just thoughts because we put action to them.  We have unknowingly accepted spirits which grow and multiply.

David reacted to Saul’s anger in love, but in confrontation.  He confronted Saul numerous times and said, “Why are you doing this, what have I done to you?  And David grew in the wisdom of the Lord as he humbled himself not to touch King Saul in retribution, yet was forthright to his perpetrator, exposing Saul’s heart and sin at every turn.  David would not allow Saul to cover his hatred or justify it but demanded he look at it and judge himself.  Saul would not judge himself, nor would he cease his ungodly actions toward David, and so God judged him and he died.

We are not to continue to take injustice perpetrated upon us by the devil’s crowd and never speak against it.  By speaking against it we are exposing the enemy’s camp.  Unfortunately many will call us judgmental when we stand up for truth, they will label us as angry and prejudice, along with many other labels.  It’s okay to speak out and speak up.  We must expose evil for what it is.

In the book of Esther, Chapter one, King Ahasarus gave a feast where he invited governors, aides, army officers, princesses’.  The celebration lasted six months and he displayed the wealth and glory of his empire.  He gave another party for his palace servants and officials, janitors and cabinet officers.  For seven days they partied with gold goblets of many designs and royal wine was served.  On the final day, feeling half high, he told his special aides to bring Queen Vashti to him with the royal crown upon her head so that all the men could gaze upon her beauty for she was a beautiful woman.  But when they conveyed to him that Queen Vashti refused to come, the King was very furious, in fact it says, “His anger burned in him.”  Have you ever been so mad you could feel heat rising up inside you?  Was his anger righteous indignation?  I think not.  It stemmed from his own pompous ego, braggadocios spirit; his pride.

He had been bragging for months, showing off his entire kingdom, flashing his every piece of wealth for all to envy, but that didn’t satisfy him, because envy and jealousy can never be quenched.  He had enticed them and dangled all except his bride and now he wanted to flash her before their eyes hoping to get some sort of self-gratification in watching their countenance drool over something else which only belonged to him.  The ‘look what I have that you don’t’ syndrome.  The ‘you can look but not touch game.’  How the devil entices us through covetousness and envy of the eyes.  The anger in the King toward the Queen for not allowing herself to become a pawn in the hands of the enemy, was anger not justified.  The Bible says this type of anger ‘burns inside a person.’  His pride was injured so he forever banished her from his presence and he chose another queen.

In Esther Chapter 3 the Bible says there was a certain political climber named Haman who was appointed prime minister.  Next to the king he was the most powerful official in the empire.  All the kings’ officials bowed before him in deep reverence whenever he passed by for so the king had commanded.  But there was a man named Mordecai who refused to bow for he was a Jew and he knew the scripture which says, ‘you shall worship the Lord thy God and him only will you serve.”

The king’s servants became angry and told Haman saying, “Why is it that Mordecai doesn’t have to bow to you?”  And even tough Haman was given great wealth, had many children and numerous  promotions along with celebrating no greater man in the kingdom next to the king himself, he said, “All this is nothing when I see Mordecai the Jew just sitting there in front of the king’s gate refusing to bow and tremble before me.”  He was furious.  Was his anger justified?  What was the root of it?  Verse 11 says, “He boasted about his wealth, his children, his promotion.  So the root of it was pride, the same spirit that’s at the root of other political climbers.  It’s a big me, little you world.  And the only way the insecure people of this world can feel like they’re worth anything is to put as many people below them as possible.

People who want worship and praise, obsessed with people looking up to them as though they were gods.  Haman became so obsessed with the idea of Mordecai bowing to him in worship that he devised a plan that would cause the king’s laws to be higher than God’s laws and that all those refusing to obey the king’s laws would not live.  He was obsessed with the death of Mordecai and even ordered a 75 foot gallows to be built to accompany his death.  But that night the king had trouble sleeping and by a sequence of events God revealed to the king the true motives of Haman and the king ordered that Haman be hung on the gallows he built for Mordecai.  God heard the prayers of Esther, her maids, Mordecai and the Jews.  Why?  It’s because God’s not interested in anger that’s maliciously used to destroy the lives of the righteous.

Have you read the Book of Job?  If so maybe you’ve wondered why Job’s friends were so angry with him?  You’d think that when you are at your lowest that your friends would try to comfort you and lift you up rather than speak words to put you even lower.  Instead, many scoff and scorn at the destruction of those around them.  What angered them the most was ‘truth’.  That Job maintained his innocence and righteousness through the whole trial.  He refused to agree with their lies spoken about him.  The more his friends determined to prove his wickedness and sins the more Job retained his innocence.

As his three friends ran him down, a man named Elihu became angry with Job and his friends because Job’s words would not convince them that he was innocent of their charges.  Job 32:2 says, “They became angry because Job refused to admit that he had sinned and to acknowledge that God has just cause for punishing him.”  But the classic chapter is Job 29 which points out that when the righteous speak truth it angers the religious.  Religious people always want to pull righteous people down to their level.

Job said in verse 29, “For years gone by God took care of me, he lighted the way before me and I walked safely through the darkness.  In my early years the friendship of God was felt in my home, when Almighty was still with me and my children were around me.  When my projects prospered and even the rock poured out streams of olive oil to me (verse 7) those were the days when I went out to the city gate and took my place among the honored elders.  The young saw me and stepped aside and even the aged rose and stood up in respect at my coming.  The prices stood in silence and laid their hands upon their mouths.  The highest officials of the city stood in quietness.  All rejoiced in what I said.  All who saw me spoke well of me for I as an honest Judge helped the poor in their need and the fatherless who had no one to help them.  I helped those who were ready to perish and they blessed me and I caused the widows hearts to sing for joy.

Job goes on to say; All I did was just and honest for righteousness was my clothing.  I served as eyes for the blind and feet for the lame. I was as a father to the poor and saw to it that even strangers received a fair trial. I knocked out the fangs of the godless oppressors and I made them drop their victims.  I thought surely I shall die quietly in my nest after a long good life, for everything I did prospered.  The dew lay all night upon my fields and watered them.  Fresh honors were constantly given me and my abilities were constantly refreshed and renewed.  Everyone listened to me and valued my advice and was silent until I spoke and after I spoke they spoke no more for my counsel satisfied them.  They longed for me to speak as though in drought time for rain.  They waited eagerly with open mouths.  When they were discouraged I smiled and that encouraged them and lightened their spirits.  I told them what they should do and corrected them as their chief and as a king instructs his army and as one who comforts those who mourn. 

So if Job did all these things why were his three friends coming against him?  I think the clue is this in verse 17 – “For when you are truly righteous and you refuse to lie and cheat and you help the poor in acts not in just words, your adversary the devil seeks to destroy you.  Verse 17, “I knocked out the fangs of the godless oppressors and I made them drop their victims.”  Job was an advocate of the poor, the helpless and widows.  He encouraged the down trodden and lightened their spirits.  He comforted those who mourned.  He was a prime example of a God fearing man.

Yet, notice, he sat with the dignitaries, elite, leaders and people of importance. Job had influence from high up, yet he used his influence for good, unlike the politicians today who take bribes, set up their own pensions and healthcare but make sure it’s only for them, not us. They approve instead for us the Obama care, knowing that this kind of set up will take American’s down the toilet.  Is it so difficult to look at what it’s caused in Canada alone? The people are miserable, left sick for months without hope and die prematurely due to their same type system, but congress doesn’t care, at least they’re safe.  Why won’t someone rise up and insist we have the same healthcare system they are guaranteed? If they don’t like, kick them out! 

People like Job are far and few in-between.  Try to find one in congress. Satan could not get Job to sin, so he tried first to turn God against him and second to turn his friends against him in shear jealousy.   They were being used of the enemy to bring him down to their level but Job knew that when God had tried him, he would come forth as gold.

Was God angry with Job for his honest reply to his friends?  In Job 42:7 – the Lord said, “My wrath is against your friends, Job for what you have said is right and true, but what they have said is not.”  And God ordered Job to pray for his friends in order that their sins of slander against Job could be forgiven.  What they spoke concerning Job was not true.  Were they righteous in their anger?  No, their motive was unjust.  And in the end Job won out.

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    October 2012