Divine Wrath?

Biblical Text: Jeremiah 7:16-26; Jeremiah 12:1-4
Guidelines for Individual Playdates

Value of This Activity:

An opportunity to think about anger–about whether God is ever angry and about whether our anger is ever God-like.

To Begin . . .

Spend a moment in quiet prayer. If you wish, begin by freewriting for 3-5 minutes. Just let the pen empty out your concerns and thanksgiving for the day. Breathe.

How to Play . . .

  1. Jot down 3 things going on in the world today (or in your family or community) that you think are worthy of your anger. What’s happening that riles you — or that you think should anger all ‘good’ people?
  2. Read Jeremiah 12:1-4.
  3. Write your own complaint against God, modeling yourself after the prophet Jeremiah. Make your complaint about one of the three things you jotted down in Step 1, above.
  4. Read Jeremiah 7:16-26. God is the speaker in this portion of Jeremiah. Jot down a simple outline of the Jeremiah 7:16-26.
  5. Write your own version of God’s complaint — but this time, against the thing you wrote about in #3, above. Put it in God’s voice and follow the general outline you made of Jeremiah 7:16-26.
  6. Now, note that Jeremiah’s complaint here (ch. 12) comes later in the book of Jeremiah than God’s complaint (ch. 7). Set a timer for five minutes. Freewrite, using the one of the following prompts:
    • I think that my anger and God’s anger …
    • When God is angry, I …
    • When I am angry, God …
    • My anger makes me wish …
    • I wish God’s anger would …

In Closing . . .

Take a moment to breathe and let the playtime settle around you. Carry your curiosity and insights and questions into the day.

Playdate Reference Material:

On Emotions
Guidelines for Individual Playdates
Playdates with Scripture ARCHIVES

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