*Wrath Appeased Esther 7:10 'So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.' -A sinful king's anger was satisfied by the death of a wicked man. Romans 3:25 'Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood.' -A holy God's wrath is satisfied by the death of a righteous Son.
*Jesus disturbed the status quo and customs of the religious leaders of his day: 1. Claimed to have authority to forgive sins (Mark 2:1-12) 2. Had meals with sinners and called them to repent (Mark 2:13-17) 3. Did not fast as the Pharisees and disciples of John Baptist fasted (Mark 2:18-22) 4. Pulled and ate grain on the Sabbath day claiming to be Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:23-28)
*From “The Afflicted Man’s Companion: A Directory for Persons and Families Afflicted with Sickness or any Other Distress” by John Willison I. Diligently inquire into the ends and designs for which God usually sends sickness and afflictions upon men: 1. God visits with sickness, to cause careless sinners to bethink themselves concerning their soul’s estate, who, perhaps, never had a serious thought about it before (1 Kings 8:47) 2. God visits us with sickness, in order to instruct and teach us things we know not (Psalm 90:12). 3. God sends such trials and distresses, in order to mortify and kill sin in us (Isaiah 27:9). 4. God sends sickness to awaken is us the spirit of prayer and supplication, and make us more earnest and importunate in our addresses to the throne of grace (2 Chronicles 33:13, 18, 19). 5. Another end is, to loosen our hearts from the things of this world, and cause us to look and long for heaven (Psalm 55:6). 6. God designs to make the world bitter, and Christ sweet to us. 7. God visits with sickness and distress, in order both to prove and improve his people’s graces (Deuteronomy 8:2). 8. God’s aim is, to awaken us to redeem time, to prepare for fitting, and clear up our evidence for heaven.