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He Will Judge

September 29, 2016

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The book of Nahum announced the doom of Nineveh. Decades before the last strongholds of the Assyrian empire fell before the rising power of the new Babylonian empire the prophet Nahum told Judah of the impending destruction of the capital of Assyria. In two short chapters Nahum gives a vivid picture of Nineveh’s crimes and punishment.

Nahum was not written to call Nineveh to repentance. Nahum was written to call Judah to repentance. Nineveh serves as a graphic depiction of God’s mercy and justice. In Nahum 3 God announced the reasons for Nineveh’s judgment.

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

“Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.” (Nahum 3:4)

“There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?” (Nahum 3:19)

Employing a mix of thuggery and seduction Assyria became the greatest empire of her day. God’s judgment fell on Nineveh because of the Assyrian Empire’s great wickedness. The atrocities of Assyria were brutal even by the barbaric standards of ancient empires. Assyria used all manner of lies, manipulations, false promises, warfare, torture, intimidation and barbarism to amass great wealth and achieve great power. Like a pride of lions Assyria ravaged the nations and dragged their lifeless corpses to her lair for later consumption.

In the course of her depradations Assyria conquered the kingdom of Israel, enslaved its people and filled the land with other peoples taken from distant kingdoms. God’s judgment of Assyria is a fulfillment of His promises to Abraham to “curse him who curseth thee.” God’s judgment did not fall on Assyria only for her abuse of the Israelites. God judged Assyria for her wickedness and mistreatment of other nations.

Biblical history offers repeated examples of God judging the nations for their sin. Is not the God of the Old Testament the same God who still reigns over all the nations? He does judge and will judge the nations for their sin- including America. America will face the wrath of God for her horrible mistreatment of many of her own citizens, her relentless insistence on murdering unborn babies, her unceasing worship of the goddess Entertainment, her malicious assault against the image of God held in the distinctness of male and female and for her outrageous rejection of the true God.

American Christians have no reason to think God is not already judging this nation for its willful rebellion against Him. Romans 1:18-32 describes the process and punishment of idolatry. America seems to be well into the punishment stage. Yet, as Nineveh knew, God is merciful. God delays judgment that men may have a chance to repent. When men repent God will turn aside His wrath. Though our nation fully deserves all the wrath of God, He is ever ready to show mercy. America is not beyond hope. When Christian’s declare the truth of the gospel Americans will believe and be saved.

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