This is a tough passage at first. It’s so angry. I grew up in a house with a lot of anger and sometimes anger, in all its forms threatens to be one of those things that weighs me down. Yet when I read this passage in The Message I realize that it is God who is angry. My experience with anger tends to color how I see God’s anger—how I see God himself.
Bu the I realize that He is angry because His Son’s death on the cross was being trivialized by so-called “prophets” who are adding to the Gospel. His anger flows from his love, not from the dark places our from which our human anger so often flows.
Also God here is showing compassion for some; for those who are holding fast to the gospel, not giving up and going along with the deception that others have.
Like Scripture will do, this is a call for us to examine ourselves to see how we are “going along” with the religion of the day, the culture of our day. I know for me, it’s easy to be content with my comfortable life. This challenges us to really examine Scripture to see how our lives are veering off from the truth of Christ and what He died for.