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Acts 7:54King James Version (KJV)
54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
Stephen brought light upon their darkness and they gnashed their teeth in anger and resistance. I think that that is what light does to the wicked until they repent. It produces anger, and murder. Cain, I am sure, gnashed his teeth on Abel when Abels offering was accepted and Cain's was rejected. So Jesus says to the Pharisees, "You are sons of Cain"... and I am sure they gnashed their teeth.
In Acts two, after Peter preached, it says "And they were cut to the heart and said, "Men and brethren what shall we do?"
In Acts 7 after Stephen preached, it says, "they were cut to the heart and they gnashed on him with their teeth"
Two different repsonse to the light.
I agree, gnashing of the teeth is not about torture, it is about anger and resisting self exposure, resisting penetration by the light.
Ever have someone cut you to the heart with truth about yourself you did not want to see and get instantly angry and resist that self exposure?
I have :o)
:o oh! that nails that one down for me.. in my understanding!!
"gnashing of the teeth is not about torture, it is about anger and resisting self exposure, resisting penetration by the light."
amen, you nailed it!!
"Ever have someone cut you to the heart with truth about yourself you did not want to see and get instantly angry and resist that self exposure?"
..absolutely! I surely have, especially (but not exclusively) before becoming a believer..
Yes !!! :thumbsup:The wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God , There is much literal and spiritual interpretation in these verses
James 1 19This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
20for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your lives .…
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, 'Raca,' is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of Gehenna .
"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
Amen! "The wrath of man does not" in any way "work the righteousness of God" !