by Christina Farris
1 The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
2 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.
3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.
5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.
6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.
7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.
9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.
10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.
11 There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor.
12 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.
13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.
14 And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.
15 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. In my heart I would love for everyone to have my same hope and yet I find this morning looking at the judgment of God verses is protection in the storm. The protection in the sheltering arms of Jesus, and the judgment of all storms, and destruction in scripture. Noah in the continual Scripture Study at the bottom of the devotion would be the easy place to start or explain what God's judgment on the sinner is all about. God can use the storm for correction, but in this case of Noah, the separation of the righteous from the evil was very clear. Noah being righteous by faith built and ark because destruction of the wicked was coming. No one says it like that. No one said the wicked could change, no God said the wicked would be destroyed with the earth. He gave Noah 100 years to build the ark, and no one repented. Only eight were saved because they were the household of Noah.
A flood of destruction verses a flood/storm of going through it with the protection of God. Noah safe inside the ark with his family and two of every kind of animal. Noah obeyed God's word and was protected by God's word as God sealed the door of the ark. I can not imagine for Noah and his family going through the storm to be easy, unless God put them in some type of hibernation mode. I doubt the ship was sound proof and so the cries of the wicked had to have been heard. Yet God was protecting Noah and his family by their willingness to trust in him and build the ark and then to enter into the ark of safety for God to shut and seal the door.
Where does the journey begin and end when it comes to judgment and righteousness. The wicked perish but the justment of the righteous is protection in the storm, and to know the judgment of God because of the wicked that perished. What about the punishment of the righteous that bear the mark of God's correction in the storm of their life. As a New Testament believer we face storms under the protection of God or with the mark of Holy Spirit through God's correction. Jesus in his storm bore the mark of the insurrection, but not the mark of murder which he died for. His scares for the sins of Barabbas sin, but his Claim as King marked him by the human world laws. God's laws Christ never broke, only man's laws that took him to cross. He died for humanity because of who he truly was and is as King. As King he was worthy of death because the world followed another ruler. The judgment of the world placed on his shoulders and yet he would rise again to prove he could not be destroyed. The world can not rise again, those that died at the time of Noah are still dead, that died because of their wickness. As mayrters of faith Christians will never go to their death because of wickness, they go to their death because they are believers. Their crime maybe of human origin other then faith. Paul, Silas and Peter to name a few were persecuted because of the work God called them too. If healing took place and it disruptted the economics of anyone, it was causing a problem that really needed some light to shine on it. The person was now able to work, or do at least some monetary type work. The healing of false prophetess cause havaoc in Acts. Paul was stoned for speaking truth but rose again to continue preaching in another town he walked too. No government could shut the mouths fo the Apostles without them being killed.
In Nahum we see the judgment coming to Nineveh prophecy, we know Nineveh as eventually destroyed despite the fact so many years before God was able to send Jonah to preach salvation to it and the people repented in dust and sack cloths. Though Nineveh was peaceful for a time, wickedness returned, and God's judgment came again. Yet in this prophecy it speaks of the hope of the righteous. Lord is a strong hold in the day of trouble, The righteous have nothing to fear under the protection of the Almighty for he knows who is righteous and either takes them home to be with him or takes them through the storm like Noah. The battle of the storm for the righteous is to trust God's deliverance and the storm for the wicked is because of their lack of faith, there time maybe up or it could be a warning.
What is my point this AM, if your on the Lord's side Amen, if you on the wicked side, beware because God is going to send those to tell you of his mercy and you better repent. How lovely are those that bring the good news of salvation. We can bare the mark of the world like our Lord, or we can bare the mark of the world like the wicked after the judgment of God to never rise again tell the final judgment when the wicked will be cast into the eternal lake of fire along with hell. Meaning the destruction of the earth on fire and the saints watching from above with the protection of Lord upon them as they watch the destruction. Our sins made clear what we deserved at the sight of the wicked perish, knowing it could of been each of us that faced the time of destruction and God's wrath. Noah preached 100 years do you have mercy still on the wick. Noah tried to pull the perishing out no doubt, but they would of mocked him building an ark because God's told him a storm was coming.
Dear Heavenly Father, you made it clear destruction is for the wicked, if they repent not. and your salvation is for the sinner that repents and believes in you. You take the righteous through the storms, and are within the storm as their protector, but you did not bring the storm to harm the righteous only the wicked. Help us as believers to trust in you in the storm and not worry beyong our own testifying who is not saved, but rejoice in each sinner that repents and comes home to you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Genesis 6:11-13 KJV
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
Genesis 6:17-22 KJV
1 Peter 3:20 KJV
2 Peter 3:6-18 KJV