Jeremiah clarifies the meaning of God’s wrath more than any other Old Testament book. There are dozens of verses just like this one in the book of Jeremiah: “I will fight against you with all my might, my anger, my wrath, and my fury…” (21:5). How can we understand what this actually means?
The commonly held view of God’s wrath runs something like this: “God’s wrath represents his righteous indignation and imposed punishment for sin.” What makes the book of Jeremiah so powerful is that we actually see, in a historical event, exactly what God did when he poured out his wrath. The reality of God’s wrath as revealed in the book of Jeremiah is quite surprising and counterintuitive.