From the human point of view it is obvious that love was there. Jacob loved Rachel and worked seven years for Laban, his future father-in-law, for the love he had for her (Gen. 29:18). After he served his father-in-law for twenty years, Jacob returns to his family. He came to the city of Shechem, and his daughter Dinah went for a walk. Shechem, son of Hamor, Hivite, fell so deeply in love for Dinah that all the men of that village submitted to the circumcision and to the faith of Jacob and his family, so that Dinah would marry Shechem (Gen. 34:1-24). This is the universal love between men and woman and also the love between friends, as David and Jonathan, son of king Saul (1 Sam. 18:1-4).
Men did not know the love of God, revealed by Jesus Christ. Love does not take revenge, does not enslave, does not charge, does not turn the face, does not take offense, does not respect persons, does not cast curses, or plagues, or deadly pestilences, does not steal, does not oppress the weaker, does not kill, and does not send to prison.
1. Where Jehovah, who called himself god, poured his fury over the nations that did not know him, there is not love (Ps. 79:6).
2. Where Jehovah, who calls himself merciful, delivers his people to the desires of their hearts because they disobeyed, there is not love, but corrupting impetus (Ps. 81:11-12).
3. This killing god, in order to punish his idolatrous people with infernal fury, piles evils on them, throws mortal arrows, provokes hunger, sends carbuncles (infected sore) and bitter pestilence to destroy them, sends beasts with the poison of serpents, sends the sword and fear over all: young men, maidens, elderly men, and also suckling babies (Deut. 32:22-25) — the god who does these things does not know the love that Christ revealed.
4. The god who, in order to satiate his hunger for vengeance against King Saul, who had been dead for more than thirty years, accepted the death of Saul’s seven sons by hanging in order to feel peace, does not know love (2 Sam. 21:1-14).
5. Where the good god Jehovah sets his face against a whole city for evil and not for good, there is not one vestige of love (Jer. 21:10). The New Testament says that love suffers all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and bears all things (1 Cor. 13:7). Any human being with a little judgment would waste his time doing evil without any good purpose. Go do something profitable! Only demons have the mind to do evil with no good result.
6. Where does a god command men to write that he is the rock whose work is perfect because all of his ways are judgment, that he is the truth, righteous and just (Deut. 32:4) — where can a god with these attributes take delight in destroying his people, as Jehovah has done? (Deut. 28:33).
7. How can it be that Jehovah god, the faithful god, who keeps the covenant and mercy for a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments, after confessing that Job, his servant, the most sincere and righteous man of all, fearing god and one who avoided evil — how can such a god brandish against him his arrows dipped in his fiery poison to infect the spirit of the faithful Job? (Deut. 7:9; Job 1:8; 6:4).
The great problem is that there was no love in the Old Testament. In the heart of Jehovah there has never been love, for the law does not operate love, but operates wrath (Rom. 4:15).
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira