An Evil Nation Destroyed by Just Righteousness Why?

God is righteous and just in judging nations, as clearly presented in chapter 3 of Nahum.  He had shown such mercy and grace to Nineveh when he sent Jonah to preach many years before. However, now an evil nation stood to be destroyed by God. Having seen the love and light of God shine upon them with great sweeping salvation.  Still, the subsequent generations turned from light to darkness; seeking power and riches.  Instead of the succeeding generations following God, they grew in pride and selfishness.  They became a brutal city, filled with lies, bloodshed, tyranny and violence. John Steinbeck in The Winter of Our Discontent wrote, “It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”1 Thus, God was Just and Righteous in His judgement of this evil nation; who after tasting of His Goodness, rejected it.

             For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned (Hebrews 6:4-8).

AN EVIL NATION POISED FOR JUDGEMENT

Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not.  (Nahum 3:1).

What made Assyria an evil nation and Nineveh an evil city? Vernon McGee parallels the city of Nineveh with that of our own United States, because, of the lies, violence, corruption and theft surrounding us.

            What better description could you have even of our own country right now?  I feel that we are given very few facts but a great deal of propaganda today.  This is true not only Washington, D.C., and the news media but of all areas of our society…. The one thing that is needed today is the truth…We say that we live in a nation of law and order—but it hasn’t been that.  What an apt description this verse is of the United States! When I first began to study to study this, I felt like asking Nahum, ‘Are you talking about us?’2

What was God’s response?

Behold, I am against thee, saith the Lord of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.  And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazing stock (Nahum 3:5-6).

How sad it would be if after being founded on godly principles, our nation would reach the point in which God must say, “Behold, I am against thee.”  Yet, if the Christians of this nation do not stand as beacons of light shining into the darkness; the darkness will snuff out the light and we, as a nation, will stand judged by a Just and Righteous God. Can we stand by idly, allowing America to become an evil nation?

A JUST AND RIGHTEOUS GOD’S OFFER OF GRACE

            If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

If is such a big word.  Have you prayed for our nation today?  Have you laid your own sins before the cross of Jesus Christ in full repentance?  Do you seek His Face each morning and throughout your day?  Wake up dear Christian; before it is too late!  Our greatest work, we accomplish on our knees.  We must be the light shining into the darkness!  That is our only hope. Remember God’s warning to Cain?

            “Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master” (Genesis 4:6-7, TLB).

Sin is crouching at the door of our nation.  Every man and woman must answer heed this warning of God; otherwise, we will justly face God’s wrath.  Will we accept His gift of grace, seek His face, and turn from our sin, or not?

Cain did not heed the warning.  Instead he killed his brother.  What will we, as a nation do.  God is calling to us. God is always just in His judgment of individuals and nations.

THE LIES AND VIOLENCE

With so many lies encircling us from social media, mainstream media, politicians, and books; how can we know the truth? Remember,

 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy. Proverbs 12:20

 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.  Luke 6:45

We must seek the truth through prayer, Bible study, and asking God for the wisdom to discern; otherwise, we remain a part of problem in allowing our nation to turn to darkness.  Furthermore, if ever there was a time that we, the Christians in this nation should fast and pray for our nation, it is now! However, remember: God has promised that if we seek His Wisdom and truth, He will give it to us freely!

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5)

CONCLUDING TWEETS
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1John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent, (London, England: Penguin Books, 1982)

2 J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee: Volume III: Proverbs through Malachi, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1982), 829.

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When Evil Begins Within, The Walls Are Broken. How?

Nineveh that great city who experienced a revival during the days of Jonah, now faced the full wrath of God.  Nahum foretells of their destruction with detail in chapter 2 of his vision.  Chapter 1 gives us a clue of how this all began within; while chapter 2 details the fall of that city. Although, God had for a moment withheld his hand of grace toward Israel and Judah; He has now returned in wrath against Nineveh for all their evil deeds in their attempt to destroy God’s people.  Following their great revival, this gentile nation now would see their walls broken down because of allowing evil to overtake their hearts while forgetting the very God who presented to them grace 150 years prior.  Now evil reigns within and their terror is spread throughout the neighboring lands.

Evil begins with such subtlety.  From within arises ideologies that first sound good; but, lead to full destruction of any semblance of faith in the very God who presented His grace and light of hope.  God spoke of this through Nahum when he wrote:

 There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the Lord, a wicked counsellor. Thus saith the Lord; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more. For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder. Nahum 1:11-13

The yoke against Israel would be broken and Assyria would be destroyed; because, God’s people would return to worship under King Josiah.

THE PARALLEL BETWEEN NINEVEH AND JUDAH

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How to Bring a Revival of Faith When All Seems Lost?

Israel  already overtaken by the Assyrians; and now, Judah lay in ruble.  Only Jerusalem still stood. The nation had turned their eyes away from God, seeking other pleasures and worshiping idols of gold.  All appeared lost; when Nahum comes with his message of destruction to Nineveh and hope for revival in Jerusalem and all of Judea.  Wherein lay that hope?  What message brought the people to their knees in prayer; ultimately, with God bringing revival through King Josiah? It was this: “Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off” (Nahum 1:15).  Because the messiah will come as promised; hope was renewed.  It may look as though all is lost; but, God is not done and He has the final victory.

What About Us?

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Humble Hands of Grace Reaching Across the Divide

Blessed to be the daughter of Charles William Garner; I grew up respecting all people equally, regardless of financial standing, race, political affiliation, or social standing.  My father demonstrated respect toward all people.  He presented in his life a respect for the law and an unwavering moral compass; judging men only by their actions, not their place in life.  His strength, character and warm smile; earned respect.  Perhaps that is why no one said anything when I as a three year old carried around a black baby doll.  When I pleaded to understand at 5 how a farmer cheated a Mexican worker by giving him a bad check; mom and dad explained how evil does exist in the world and the farmer was evil.

Growing up with those beliefs etched in my memories, I have trouble understanding either extremist views.  Oh, yes; there was a time when I was told to either get an abortion or resign; because, I was carrying a Hispanic child and married to a legal Mexican-American citizen.

There were those times, when my phone rang with “get out of town” messages or even once a dead pig laid on my front yard; because, my children were of Mexican descent.  At that time I told my children, “People react out of ignorance; because, no one showed them the truth.  So, you must work harder, make better grades in school, set a higher example of  character and morality.  That way you teach the next generation the truth.  Do not use this as a excuse to prove them right by being disrespectful. You must be kinder, better mannered, and more gracious than the rest.” They did and they earned the respect of an entire town; changing the ideas of a generation.

ACROSS THE DIVIDE

On the other side of the fence, I remember working as the only white nurse on the floor in Birmingham, AL.  Immediately, I was treated with disdain and hostility.  Often in silence, I accepted the blame for every error made on that floor; even if, it happened during my day off.  Every night, I walked four blocks through the dark streets to the parking garage alone; because, no one wanted to walk with a “white girl.” It didn’t matter we were told it was too dangerous to walk alone at night on the streets. That is, until one day; the secretary (who was a black, gay gentleman) spoke up, “You’re all wrong!  She’s not the problem.  In fact, no one treats me kinder or with more respect than she does.”  Grace changed the mindset of the entire floor of nurses.

Furthermore, I lived in Mexico for years before women in the higher socioeconomic class accepted me; because, they believed no “Gringa” could have any moral principles.  Every party, the women held tightly their husbands; despite my having come with mine.  Somehow, they believed that I wanted to steal theirs or have a fling.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Quietly, patiently I lived my life with God’s Grace and they later accepted me with open arms; but, it took years.

That is all an introduction to a poem I wrote today.

Humble Hands of Grace Reaching Across the Divide

In the midst of this world, between black and white

We scream very loud and think we are right

The bitter divide that comes from each side

Is built on one word-and that word is pride

 

Yet, humbly each side should look in the face

Of God who has offered to each man His Grace

For God sees our hearts, filled with sin, guilt and shame

Yet, He sent His own son to die all the same

 

To save us from sin, to pay there our price

Despite all the times, we really weren’t nice

Undeserving we stand before His great throne

Redeemed by His Gift given by Grace Alone

 

And yet, does that mean that some should be free

To riot and kill. How could that be?

God calls us to stand in respect for the law.

Who risk their own lives for one and for all.

 

We never can be a land that is free

Without laws to guide us, there’s no liberty

Only chaos and anger will grow in its place

Until we destroy the whole human race

 

Can we reach out our hand, to cross the divide?

Instead of closed fists, standing firm on one side

No matter what color, no matter what race

Can you reach out your hand with kindness and grace?

Another Thing My Daddy Taught Me and I Passed On

My daddy taught me to always show respect for the law officers and that I passed on to my children.  When an officer pulls you over, get out your ID, insurance card and registration quickly; then, make certain that by the time the officer walks up beside your car, you have your hands in open position laying on the top of the steering wheel in clear site.  Also, always say, “Yes, sir or mam.” Do whatever they ask you to.  This is not the time to argue.

Once I was arrested and taken to jail; although, I later was released with no charges.  Yet, at the time; I did not speak back.  Humbly, without a word; I allowed them to handcuff and even shackle me.  Every order they gave, I followed.  Whatever they thought I had done, I was innocent; however, at the moment when they arrested me, I knew was not the time to argue.  An attorney could do that for me later and did.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Whatever else; I must always remember this.  When I stand before a Righteous, Holy God; I must bow before Him in full submission, knowing I deserve nothing.  Still, He gives me Grace, Mercy and Love as I bow before Him.

I do not pretend to have any answers concerning those things that divide us; except for this:  God is the only one who can heal our hearts and heal our nation.  The only place where healing begins is at the foot of the cross.  So, let me reach out my hand with kindness and grace to each and every one of you.  Will you come and kneel beside me at the cross; where mercy runs free?

DO YOU KNOW CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR?

If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Savior: I urge you to go to my page titled How to Be Saved by clicking on this link. Because there is nothing more important than this, I urge you to seek Him today.

 

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©Effie Darlene Barba, 2017

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How to Trust the Covenant Love Of God Amid Terror

The Covenant Love and Mercy of God stands firm to those who are His people.  Judah had turned their backs on God during the reigns of Manasseh and Amon.  Instead they chose to worship idols.  This had been the story of God’s people throughout the Old Testament.  God would rescue and save His people; extending His mighty hand of mercy repeatedly.  During the reigns of Manasseh and Amon, the Assyrians with great cruelty attacked with brutality and force against the people of Judah.  There appeared to be no hope, as evil seemed to be winning against them.  Nahum foretold of the fall of Nineveh and the Assyrian nation.  God would step in to save His people; because of His Mercy and His Covenant Love for them.  Right before God’s judgement against Nineveh was enacted in 612, a young King Josiah led the nation of Judah in revival.

What battles are you facing today?  Do the mountains before you seem impassable?  Joni Eareckson Tada has lived a lifetime in a wheelchair since her accident left her a quadriplegic at the age of 18.  She has battled with chronic pain, disability and even breast cancer.  One might wonder how a loving God could allow such tragedy and suffering in one of His children.  Yet, her ministry stands as a portrait of Grace as she presses on.  Her smile and her courage shines forth with His Radiant Glory, displaying it to a world in need of Him. She speaks with great power as she tells the world that her suffering transforms her heart, sifting away the chaff and burning it.  Her pain has driven her to the cross where she has found great joy amid her pain and suffering.  Recently she published a Study Bible titled, Beyond Suffering Bible.

Nahum The Comforter: The Covenant Love and Mercy of God

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