A Righteous Indignation

And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount. Exodus 32:19 KJV

Sometimes a leader gets angry, not as an act of the flesh but an act of love for the God we serve. Anger is generally classified as sin. Mike Leake makes an attempt to separate a righteous anger from the one we could classify as a vice. He quotes from Robert Jones book,Uprooting Anger, three criteria for determining whether any anger is righteous. 1.Righteous anger reacts against sin. 2. Righteous anger focuses on Gods concerns. 3. Righteous anger is expressed in godly ways. Would this criteria match with Jesus, when he cleaned the temple? Can we use the same criteria when he cursed the fig tree? I think we can. Ironically, I was expecting God to be angry that Moses broke the Covenants that was written by the fingers of God. Read through carefully. God only told him to bring another set of stones and write them by himself. Mose’s action raises other matters of discourse. How do we respond when others sin? How do we react when we find out we’ve sinned. J. Orr says that the grounding of the calf into powder was a bitter humiliation and a righteous retribution. Aaron now understood that leadership is more than just a position. He had the position for forty days and the people got worse. Wait until you hear Aaron’s defence.

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