Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, so that he abhorred his own inheritance.…
I. GOD'S ABHORRENCE OF MEN'S SINS (ver. 40). God's wrath or anger is not a malign passion, but a benevolent principle, antagonism to wrong. Do not blame the sun or the moon because of the shadows they throw upon the earth; rather blame the objects that obstruct their rays. God's wrath is only the rays of His love obstructed by sin. Remove the obstruction, and all is genial and beaming.
II. GOD'S DOMINION OVER MEN'S MINDS (vers. 41, 42). As the billows of the ocean in furious battle serve the grand cause of nature as well as the placid river in its majestic flow, so does the rage of wicked spirits serve the Almighty plans as truly as the loyal services of the good. "His purposes must stand."
III. GOD'S REGARD FOR MEN'S PENITENCE (vers. 43, 44; 2 Chronicles 15:4).
IV. GOD'S FORBEARANCE WITH MEN'S WICKEDNESS (vers. 45, 46).
Parallel VersesKJV: Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.