Affirm God's Justice Nahum 1:1-3, 7-8; 3:1-7, 19 June 17, 2007
1. Affirm God's Justice Understanding His . . Patience. 1:1-3
A. His Patience In Exercising His , , Punishment.
The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. 2 The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is fierce in wrath. The LORD takes vengeance against His foes; He is furious with His enemies.B. His Patience In Exercising His . . Power.
3 The LORD is slow to anger but
great in power; the LORD will never leave the guilty
unpunished. His path is in the whirlwind and storm, and clouds are the dust beneath His feet.
2. Affirm God's Justice Understanding His . . Priorities. 1:7-6
A. His Priority of . .
Refuge For Those Who Obey Him. 1:7
7 The LORD is good, a stronghold in a day of distress; He cares for those who take refuge in Him.
God knows His priorities, and man's questioning Him will not change them. God's priorities include being a refuge for His people. We who know the Lord receive the invitation to come to Him, and the promise of protection when we do. In contrast God promises the ruin of those who disregard His mercy and grace. Nineveh was completely destroyed; although she had earlier repented during the preaching of Jonah. What a shame that people return to sinful ways after experiencing such a great revival.
3. Affirm God's Justice Understanding His . . Principles. 3:1-7
A. His Principles Against
Their . . Slaughtering Deceitfulness. 3:1-3
1 Woe to the city of blood, totally deceitful, full of plunder, never without prey. 2 The crack of the whip and rumble of the wheel, galloping horse and jolting chariot! 3 Charging horseman, flashing sword, shining spear; heaps of slain, mounds of corpses, dead bodies without end-- they stumble over their dead.
C. His Principles Against
Their . . Shamefulness Displayed. 3:5-6a
5 I am against you --the declaration of the Lord of Hosts. I will lift your skirts over your face and display your nakedness to nations, your shame to kingdoms. 6 I will throw filth on you and treat you with contempt;
If nations disregard God's principals they will receive the promised discipline. The substantiation of Nineveh's slaughtering deceitfulness, sorcery and debauchery, along with shameful displays, reject God's principals. Note these words as God says, "Woe to the city, . ." "I am against you, and ". . . I will make A Spectacle of you." All of those statements relate to us God's principals stand, and man kinds rejections of them will be punished.
A. His Punishment Without
. . Remedy. 3:19a
19 There is no remedy for your injury; your wound is severe.
B. His Punishment Without
. . Regret. 3:19b
All who hear the news about you will clap their hands because of you, for
who has not experienced your constant cruelty? (HCSB)
God does not
punish without it being just. The Bible shares with us that God's day
can be bypassed by the hardened sinner, and the sinful debauchery of
nations. A time can come
when God says no more remedy. Where is American in God's period of
mercy? When we look
around this nation and see one so called natural disaster after another
with little or no call to
repentance; I ask how long will the Lord tolerate this nations sin? We
have made it legal to kill
babies. Some states allow the same sex to marry. One congressman called
for the legalization of
prostitution; so how close do we resemble Nineveh? Nineveh had ravaged
so many nations God
says when He pours out His wrath the other nations "will clap their
hands." As we read these passages we need to Affirm God's Justice. Amen? Amen!