Summary: For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.
I Love you, but, I don’t Like You. Psa 78:38-39 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. God remembers that man is just flesh and prone to mistakes and evil. Gods compassion for mankind, as it has become, is not limitless but has a time line that will be followed.
Have you ever told anyone that you loved them but were not, In Love with them? Very strange words that man comes up with. But is it really strange or are they just taking the thoughts of God to Heart? We all know that we have the mind of Christ, because the Bible says that we do. But we don’t have the mind of God and that is why I thought I would instill a little thought of my own, into you, about His mind and the way He thinks about His creation. In genesis, everything that God created in days 1 thru 5 he said were good, but when it came to man, He didn’t say that it was good, neither did He say that what He created was good. Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. As mans ability grew, God became a little frustrated with His creation and repented that He created Him.
Genesis 6:5 thru 6, And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. Grieved; to wound the sensibilities of; to make sorrowful; to cause to suffer; to afflict; to hurt. Heart; The seat of the affections or sensibilities, collectively or separately, as love, hate, joy, grief, courage, and the like; rarely, the seat of the understanding or will; usually in a good sense, when no epithet is expressed; the better or lovelier part of our nature; the spring of all our actions and purposes; the seat of moral life and character; the moral affections and character itself; the individual disposition and character; as, a good, tender, loving, bad, hard, or selfish heart. Man had, and still does, wound the sensibilities of and the individual disposition and character of God. God Loves us but He doesn’t like us. Simple but true. Our disposition is set against the laws and statutes of God because its in our nature to do so, sense the fall of Adam. Man continually wars against God because of his inbred nature of world conquest and greed for another mans possessions. Jesus was sent to this earth to save man from himself and save the soul of man from an angry God, again because God loved His creation but didn’t like it. Jesus had a difficulty with man also for He and the Father spoke as one, for they are one. In Matthew 23:37 Jesus said; “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” The following beautiful Greek epigram, taken from the Anthologia, affords a very fine illustration of this text. Beneath her fostering wing the Hen defends
Her darling offspring, while the snow descends;
Throughout the winter’s day unmoved defies
The chilling fleeces and inclement skies;
Till, vanquish’d by the cold and piercing blast,
True to her charge, she perishes at last!
O Fame! to hell this fowl’s affection bear;
Tell it to Progne and Medea there: -
To mothers such as those the tale unfold,
And let them blush to hear the story told! - T.G.
Jesus would protected and saved man as He was but for mans ir-respect for Him and His Father. Man then, as is today, have fallen away from God and is hurting Him with his sinful nature. Its not just the un-believer but also some that say they are Christians and are not but do lie. I wanted to read a little from the same chapter of Matthew. 23:32 thru 36. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. Psalms 139:20 thru 23. For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.