Ye who think of sin but lightly nor suppose the evil great
here may view its nature rightly, here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the sacrifice appointed, see who bears the awful load;
‘Tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed, Son of Man and Son of God.

–from Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted  by Thomas Kelly (1804)

If God’s responses to sin sometimes seem overly harsh to me as I read Scripture (whether in the OT, or–as in the song excerpted above–at the cross of Christ), there are two possible explanations:

  1. God’s punishments really don’t fit the crime, or…
  2. I don’t really understand the crime