How many times have we referred to the Old Testament “God of wrath”? He makes many appearances in the tortured writings of the prophets. But look more closely and we find abundant evidence of the God of love.
Here are two from Hosea, the first speaking of Israel as a spouse, the second as a child:
“Therefore I am now going to allure her;
I will lead her into the wilderness
and speak tenderly to her.
There I will give her back her vineyards,
and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.
There she will respond as in the days of her youth,
as in the day she came up out of Egypt.” (2:14-15)
“When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and out of Egypt I called my son. …
It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
taking them by the arms;
but they did not realize
it was I who healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness,
with ties of love.
To them I was like one who lifts
a little child to the cheek,
and I bent down to feed them.” (11:1, 3-4)