We only grieve over those whom we have loved and lost.
God's goodness turns to grief after the first couple sin in the garden of Eden. After covering their nakedness He evicts them from the garden. Ten generations after the Fall, God assesses humanity, "Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had man on the earth, and He was grieved in his heart" (Gen. 6:5-6). Everything that had breath drowns, with exception of Noah and his household. God's grief is soothed by Noah's sacrifice, "Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma" (8:20-21).
Each era in the Bible's story reveals God's goodness and His grief.
God is not pleased with most of the kings and the people of the Divided Kingdom. Isaiah captures the depth of God's grief over the spiritual welfare of His people, "I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me; the ox knows his owner and the donkey his master's crib; but Israel does not know, My people do not consider" (Isaiah 1:2-3). Because God loves His people, their sin grieves Him deeply.
Grief is born out of love--a love that is not sickly sentimental but genuinely caring. Because God loves Israel, He:
What does the LORD's indictment against Israel in Isaiah 28:7 reveal about alcohol consumption and spiritual vitality?
How does Isaiah use Israel's captivity by the Assyrians in his message to Judah?
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