Prophetic-School: Angry With God?

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Angry With God?

Keith Gerner

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Originally dated: Tue, 9 Jun 1998 19:56:29 (PDT)

On Ephesians 4:26 there is an interesting comment which I would like to make from Greek studies of the text, showing the CONTINUATION OF AN ATTITUDE OF ANGER is here meant, with special reference to the O.T. 'Parorgismos', a strengthened form of orge, and used in Eph. 4:26. "Provocation" points especially to that which provokes the wrath, and suggests a less continued state than No. (1). "The first keenness of the sense of provocation must not be cherished, though righteous resentment may remain" (Westcott). The preceding verb, orgizo, in this verse implies a just occasion for the feeling. This is confirmed by the fact that it is a quotation from Ps. 4:4: 'Don't sin by letting anger gain control over you. Think about it overnight and remain silent'.


where the Hebrew word signifies: 'to quiver with strong emotion'.
(from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words)

There seems to be an area of danger here, where anger GAINS CONTROL, and in our experience in Ireland and world-wide, this has led to demonic infiltration. I believe this comes out in the combination of this verse with the next one.

Eph 4:26 And "don't sin by letting anger gain control over you." Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil.(NLT)

A settled condition of the MIND may lead to the thought of REVENGE LATER ! (1) Thumos, "wrath" (not translated "anger"), is to be distinguished from orge, in this respect, that thumos indicates a more agitated condition of the feelings, an outburst of wrath from inward indignation, while orge suggests a more settled or abiding condition of mind, frequently with a view to taking revenge.

ORGE is less sudden in its rise than THUMOS, but more lasting in its nature. Thumos expresses more the inward feeling, orge the more active emotion. Thumos may issue in revenge, though it does not necessarily include it. It is characteristic that it quickly blazes up and quickly subsides, though that is not necessarily true each time. (from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words)

While it may be good and even therapeutic to express " ORGE " anger, this Greek word used in Ephesians is immediately linked with the DEMONIC INVASION of a "THUMOS" settled attitude, which is not resolved but goes deeper into the spirit.

Personally we have found this leads to depression, and gives a landing-ground for demonic infiltration into the spirit especially in our dealings in Ireland, where people tend to react very quickly and strongly !

We certainly need to constantly watch our attitudes to the Lord and His dealing with us, or else other spirits may take advantage of the situation. Christ's anger seems to have been completely SELFless in being directed against those who refused to help needy people and his actions led to a devilish desire to kill Him, by those who were bound by their religion.

Mark 3:5: 'Looking around at them angrily, for he was deeply disturbed by their indifference to human need, he said to the man, "Reach out your hand." He did, and instantly his hand was healed!' 6: 'At once the Pharisees went away and met with the Herodians to discuss plans for killing Jesus'. (TLB)

SINFUL anger seems to arise out of SELFISH hurt or PRIDE

II Ki 5:11: 'But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper'. 12: 'Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage'.(KJV)

This was nearly FATAL in Naaman's case, but he was redeemed by letting the emotion pass and listening to the advice of faithful friends !

Perhaps there is a lesson for us all in this ?

Keith Gerner

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