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Nahum 1:1-8
God Is Just - God Is Love
March 1, 2015
First Baptist Church
Jackson, Mississippi
USA
What’s the number one thing?
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The Glory of God!
1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV
31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink,
or whatever you do, do all to the glory
of God.
March Memory Verse:
Romans 3:23
23
for all have sinned and fall short
of the glory of God.
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We have three challenges that the
Education
Department has
placed be...
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1.) Memorize the monthly memory
verse and
know each
month ...
January verse:
Romans 10:9
9
If you declare with your mouth,
“Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your
heart that God raised Hi...
February verse:
Ephesians 2:8-9
8 For it is by grace you have been
saved, through faith—and this is
not from yourselves, i...
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2.) Share your faith with one person
each month and build a rel...
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3). Ask two Sunday School class
members to share how...
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Instead of calling them major and
minor prophets, it would perhaps be
more appropriate to refer to them as
the prophets wi...
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The four prophets with longer...
The twelve prophets with shorter
(minor) works are the last twelve
books of our OldTestament: Hosea,
Joel, Amos, Obadiah, ...
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Of the hundreds of prophets in
ancien...
These 16 writing prophets may be
divided into four groups:
1) Prophets of Israel – Jonah, Amos,
and Hosea
2) Prophets of J...
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3) Exilic Prophets – Jeremiah, Ezekiel,
and Daniel
4) Post-exili...
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“What was the goal of their prophetic
ministries?”
Or, perhaps more appropriately,
“What was it the prophets were
seeking ...
You might say restoration, i.e., a
restored covenant relationship with
God.
Yes, that may properly be understood
as the ul...
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The prophets s...
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Restoration was the goal,...
In fact, this message of the prophets was
so prevalent that Zechariah (one of the
last prophets) was able to sum up in one...
The message of the prophets was a
call for repentance.
Is there a need for a message of
repentance today?
In the NewTestament the message of
John the Baptist was, Repent!
Matthew 3:1-2 NKJV
1 In those days John the Baptist came
...
Jesus thus repeated the message of John
the Baptist when He issued His first
command:
Matthew 4:17 NKJV
17 From that time ...
Jesus sent out disciples who
"proclaimed that people should
repent". [Mark 6:12]
In his Pentecost sermon, Peter the
Apostl...
Paul the Apostle likewise testified
"both to Jews and to Greeks of
repentance toward God" [Acts 20:21]
and said that "The ...
Israel, the people of God in the Old
Testament, turned away from God and
needed a message of repentance.
• We Christians, ...
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God preserved a faithful remnant in
Israel but being an Israelite did not
guarantee you were part of that
remnant: “not al...
God is also preserving a faithful
remnant in the church today, but
being “in the church” does not
guarantee that you are a...
The prophets serve as constant
reminders to us of God’s serious
regard for His covenant. For those
who obey the stipulatio...
In thinking about application of the
prophets to us today, we can make at
least two observations:
(1)The ungodly society i...
we see the similar self-indulgence,
materialism, sexual promiscuity and
perversion, pluralism, humanism,
rampant ungodline...
(2)We see through the prophets that
God is serious about His covenant
with Israel.
• Does this not suggest He is just as
s...
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• Does this not imply that there is a
message in the prophets for t...
How much are we like Israel, who
claimed God’s eternal favor based on
His promises to Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob, and then ...
We claim the eternal favor of God
based on the blood of Jesus, we say
“once saved always saved,” and then
we worship the t...
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The prophets of the Old...
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Divided Kingdom
The schism that Jeroboam (922 to 901
B.C.) caused within the Jewish
kingdom was the beginning of the
end f...
There was never even a movement to
reunite.
The ten northern tribes slipped
inexorably toward the bottomless pit
of histor...
Judea was saved because:
1) they were not seduced by and
entrenched in idol worship,
2) the dynasty of David and
3) the pr...
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Those elements saved Judea from the
fate th...
The people of Judah witnessed the
destruction of the northern kingdom,
as did Isaiah and Micah, who warned
that they were ...
Thereafter, the mounting sinfulness
of Judah and the rise of another
superpower, Babylon, became the
subject of the prophe...
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Judah, too, was later destroyed for its
disobedience and carried ...
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Nahum - 614 B.C. His theme is the
destruction and fall of Nineveh which
occurred in 612 B.C.
• He reveals the eternal prin...
Nahum 1:1-8 NKJV
1The burden against Nineveh.
The book of the vision of Nahum the
Elkoshite.
2a God is jealous, and the LO...
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2b The LORD will take vengeance on His
adversaries,
And He rese...
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3a The LORD is slow...
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3b The LORD has His way
In the whirlw...
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3c And the clouds are the dust of His...
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4 He rebukes the sea and makes it dry,
And dries up all the riv...
New Madrid fault.
5a The mountains quake before Him,
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5b The hills melt,
And the earth heaves at His presence,
Yes, t...
6 Who can stand before His indignation?
And who can endure the fierceness of
His anger?
His fury is poured out like fire,
...
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7 The LORD is good,
A stronghold in the day o...
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Isaiah 49:16a NKJV
16a See, I have inscribed you on...
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8 But with an overflowing flood
He wi...
Nahum Chapter 1
THEME: Justice and goodness of God
The little Book of Nahum is a remarkable
prophecy.The prophet has just ...
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Nahum 1:1 NKJV
1The burden against Nineveh.The
book of the vision of Nahum the
Elkoshite.
"The burden against Nineveh" -- burden
means "judgment," as it is also used in the
prophecy of Isaiah.
• 150 years earlier...
• Although God will judge a nation,
He is still love, and He still loves --
you cannot escape that.
• The thing which make...
• He doesn't do it in a vindictive
manner whatsoever.
• He does not do it in a spirit of
revenge or of trying to get even....
• God judges because He is just.
• He still loves, but He is just.
• Since He is just in His dealings, He
must deal with s...
Jonah wanted the city destroyed, but
God said, 11 And should I not pity
Nineveh, that great city, in which are
more than o...
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God wanted to spare the city and...
And God had spared Nineveh, but now
judgment is going to fall upon this
great city -- this is Nahum's message.
• Jonah, al...
However, the repentance was
transitory.
God has patiently given this new
generation opportunity to repent (see
v. 3), but ...
Nahum 3:19 NKJV
19 Your injury has no healing,
Your wound is severe.
All who hear news of you
Will clap their hands over y...
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In other words, Nineveh has com...
There is a point that for a nation and
for an individual it is possible to
continue in sin until you cross over a
mark.
• ...
When you pass over that mark, it is
not that the grace of God cannot
reach you but that you cannot reach
God for the simpl...
Romans 1:18-32 NKJV
18 For the wrath of God is revealed
from heaven against all ungodliness
and unrighteousness of men, wh...
19 because what may be known of God is
manifest in them, for God has shown it to
them. 20 For since the creation of the wo...
21 because, although they knew God,
they did not glorify Him as God, nor
were thankful, but became futile in
their thought...
23 and changed the glory of the
incorruptible God into an image made
like corruptible man—and birds and
four-footed animal...
24Therefore God also gave them up to
uncleanness, 25 who exchanged the
truth of God for the lie, and worshiped
and served ...
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile
passions… and receiving in themselves the
penalty of their error which was due...
28 And even as they did not like to retain
God in their knowledge, God gave them
over to a debased mind, 29 being filled w...
30 backbiters, haters of God, violent,
proud, boasters, inventors of evil
things, disobedient to parents,
31 undiscerning,...
32 who, knowing the righteous
judgment of God, that those who
practice such things are deserving of
death, not only do the...
This can be true of a nation, and it can
be true of an individual.
• As you consider the things which
are happening today,...
This is one of the reasons we have had
such an interest in prophecy.
God's people, ignorant of theWord of
God, are despera...
Jesus said in Luke 21:26 NKJV:
26 “men’s hearts failing them from fear
and the expectation of those things
which are comin...
We are at that state for sure; we've
come into that particular orbit today.
• These things are disturbing to us but
let us...
God is not sitting on the edge of His
throne, biting His fingernails.
• He is not nervous today about what
is happening.
•...
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This should be very comforting ...
Assyria had served God's purpose and
is now to be destroyed.
The destruction of Nineveh, according
to the details given in...
This is a message, therefore, of comfort to
a people who live in fear of a powerful and
godless nation:
God will destroy a...
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You will find that every great world
power went down, and they ...
When a nation reaches that place, you
can be sure that it is on the skids and
will soon pass out into the limbo of
the los...
Where is the United States today?
We are on the way down, my friend.
Dr. J. Gresham Machen said years ago,
"America today ...
America, which has had a godly
ancestry, is going downhill on a
toboggan.
And Dr. Machen added, "God pity
America when we ...
How close are we to the bottom of
the hill?
J.Vernon Magee said, “I'm no prophet
nor the son of a prophet. It seems to
me ...
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The reason that the Book of Nahum is
...
"The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite
(probably in Galilee)."
• This is all that is known of the writer of this
b...
He had a great concern for the
northern kingdom, and he apparently
was alive when it was carried away
into captivity by As...
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His message is of the judgment that is
coming upon Nineve...
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Nahum 1:2 NKJV
2 God is jealous, and the LORD avenges;
The LORD avenges and is furious.
The LORD will take vengeance on Hi...
Jealous, according toWebster's
dictionary, means "exacting exclusive
devotion."
God is a jealous God, and He demands
that ...
God knows that He is a loving,
benevolent FatherWho has your best
interest at heart.
He knows that if you give any of your...
God alone is able to make all things to
work for your good (Romans 8).
Romans 8:28 NKJV
28 And we know that all things wor...
Romans 8:32 NKJV
32 HeWho did not spare His own Son,
but delivered Him up for us all, how
shall He not with Him also freel...
Romans 8:37-39 NKJV
37Yet in all these things we are more
than conquerors through HimWho
loved us. 38 For I am persuaded t...
39 nor height nor depth, nor any other
created thing, shall be able to
separate us from the love of God
which is in Christ...
When any people, no matter who they
are, turn to idolatry or turn to sin (all
that which is contrary to God), and
when the...
Exodus 20:3-6 NKJV
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved
image—any likene...
5 you shall not bow down to them nor
serve them. For I, the LORD your God,
am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity
of the ...
6 but showing mercy to thousands, to
those who love Me and keep My
commandments.
Exodus 20:3-6 NKJV
God loves you - it does not make any
difference who you are, you cannot
keep Him from loving you.
You can, however, get in...
When you put up an umbrella of sin,
the sunshine of God's love will not fall
on you (but it is still there for you).
You c...
Psalm 14:1 NKJV
1 The fool has said in his heart,
“There is no God.”
You can put up the umbrella by turning
your back on Him and not doing His will.
• There are several different umbrellas
yo...
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, the
only unpardonable sin, is the state of
continued unbelief.
There is no pardon for a...
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Continual rejection of the Holy Spirit’s
promptings to...
John 3:36 NKJV
36 “He who believes in the Son has
everlasting life; and he who does not
believe the Son shall not see life...
The only condition wherein someone
would have no forgiveness is if he is
not among the “whoever believes in
Him,” for it i...
1 John 5:11-13 NKJV
11 And this is the testimony: that God
has given us eternal life, and this life is
in His Son. 12 He w...
13These things I have written to you
who believe in the name of the Son of
God, that you may know that you
have eternal li...
Since God loves you, He is actually
jealous for you which means that He
wants you.
God doesn't want what you've got,
what ...
He's jealous when you give yourself,
your time, and your substance to
other things.
When you give yourself to sin, God is
...
A good husband is one who is going to
love his wife and want her above
everything else and he won't want to
share her with...
If a lady says that she doesn’t have a
jealous husband then she does not have
a good relationship with him.
• God very fra...
I don't want to share you -- I want you to
belong to Me."
There is nothing wrong with God's saying
that He is jealous, and...
Nahum 1:2a NKJV
2a God is jealous, and the LORD avenges;
The LORD avenges and is furious.
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There is a great difference between
revenge and avenge.
Romans 12:19 NKJV
19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves,
but rather give place to wrath; for it is
written, “Vengeance is M...
God says to you and me, "Don't you indulge in
vengeance because, to begin with, you will
never exercise it in the right wa...
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I will do the right ...
God is still on the throne, and He is
still running things.
God is “furious” and He does not take
any delight in the sin o...
Nahum 1:2b NKJV
2b The LORD will take vengeance on His
adversaries,
And He reserves wrath for His
enemies;
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God is glorified when He judges a
nation, as...
When Assyria went down, God was
glorified in that.
They were a brutal, hated, sinful
nation, and God brought them down
to ...
He is glorified when He does things
like that.
Maybe you don't like it, but theWord
of God says that that is the way He
mo...
I would suggest that you get yourself
reconciled to the way God does
things, because that is the way they
are going to be ...
Nahum 1:3a NKJV
3a The LORD is slow to anger and great in
power,
And will not at all acquit the wicked.
In verse 3 Nahum puts down a great
principle by which God not only
judged Assyria (and Nineveh, the
capital, in particular...
"The LORD is slow to anger."
Nahum makes this very clear.
God had sent Jonah to Nineveh to tell
them that they were to be ...
They were known as probably the
most brutal people in the ancient
world, and God said that judgment
would come to them.
• ...
Obviously, the message of Jonah
penetrated the entire empire, and
there was a great change.
We would say that a great revi...
It has been characteristic of the great
waves of revival which have come
that they have never lasted
permanently.
TheWesleyan revival had tremendous
impact upon England and this
country, as well as side effects upon
other nations, but i...
There has been some carry-over from
it, of course, even down to the
present hour.
This is true also of the great revivals
...
Nahum says that God is slow to anger,
but this great city of Nineveh has now
turned back to its old ways.
• Over one hundr...
Judgment is coming!"
"The LORD... will not at all acquit the
wicked."
• The justice of God is seen in His
judgment because...
It took Him over one hundred years to
get around to executing judgment
against this city, and He is just and
righteous in ...
Unless they accept Christ as their
Savior because He paid the penalty
for their sins, they will have to be
judged for thei...
The forgiveness of God is different
from our forgiveness.
When somebody does us wrong, we
say, "I forgive you" -- and that...
Our forgiveness is generally for
something that is just a trifle.
But when God forgives, the penalty
has already been paid...
He is not only its Creator, He is not
only running it, but He is also the
moral ruler of this universe.
God is not a crook...
You cannot tell Him that you belong
to a certain family, that your father is
very influential and will be able to get
you ...
Nor can you say you are wealthy and
will see that the Judge loses His job,
nor that you will pay Him just a little
extra t...
God must judge the wicked, and we
are all told that the heart of man is
desperately wicked -- not just a little
wicked, bu...
Jeremiah 17:9 NKJV
9 “The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
You and I do not really know the
depths of the iniquity that is in our
hearts; we do not know what we are
capable of.
Now God cannot acquit the wicked;
therefore, if we are going to be
acquitted, Someone must pay the
penalty.
That is the re...
When an individual or a nation turns
its back on God's redemption
provided now in Christ, then
judgment must follow -- the...
Nahum 1:3b NKJV
3b The LORD has His way
In the whirlwind and in the storm,
And the clouds are the dust of His feet.
God today moves even in nature, the
storms which come are under His
control, and they serve His purpose.
• So-called Mothe...
Our God is the Creator, and He is the
Redeemer, and He is also the Judge
and He alone is running things.
Just leave it in ...
Nahum 1:4 NKJV
4 He rebukes the sea and makes it dry,
And dries up all the rivers.
Bashan and Carmel wither,
And the flowe...
God had already shown His power to
do this -- He dried up the Red Sea and
the Jordan River.
Bashan, Carmel, and Lebanon ar...
Carmel is actually theValley of
Esdraelon, and Megiddo was the main
city there.
This is one of the most fertile spots on
t...
When you go farther north, along the
cost of Lebanon all the way from
Beirut down to the ruins of oldTyre,
you see beautif...
In the spring of the year, you can see
the fruit trees blooming and in the
distance the Anti-Lebanons covered
with snow.
The fruit trees -- apricots, peaches,
cherries, bananas, and citrus fruit --
everything is grown there, and the
land is ve...
Nahum 1:5 NKJV
5 The mountains quake before Him,
The hills melt,
And the earth heaves at His presence,
Yes, the world and ...
He is the Creator, and He's also the
Preserver of this universe -- He's the
OneWho holds it together.
"The mountains quake...
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New Madrid fault.
The New Madrid fault zone is six
times bigger than the San Andreas
fault zone in California and a major
Midwestern earthqu...
Major Quake in U.S. Midwest Might
Kill 6,000, Study Estimates
By Brian K. Sullivan [portions cut]
Nov. 21, 2008 (Bloomberg)
There is a 90 percent chance that an
earthquake of magnitude 6 or 7 will
strike the area in the next 50 years,
said the st...
Elnashai said earthquakes of equal
magnitude would be felt over a larger
area in the New Madrid zone than in
California be...
The New Madrid seismic zone was the
site of massive earthquakes in 1811-
1812 that rerouted the Mississippi
River.
Nahum 1:6 NKJV
6 Who can stand before His indignation?
And who can endure the fierceness of
His anger?
His fury is poured ...
"Who can stand before His
indignation? And who can endure the
fierceness of His anger?"
This question was directed to the
...
Does the unsaved have the answer to
that question?
Maybe they are depending upon their
own righteousness and goodness.
Do they really believe that one can
stand in the presence of a holy God
Who absolutely hates sin and intends
to judge it?
...
The very brilliant Oxford don, C. S.
Lewis, wrote a story in which he tells
about a bus trip that was run from
Hell to Hea...
The bus was filled and, when it arrived
in Heaven, the driver parked the bus
in a parking lot.
The driver told everyone on...
Home just happened to be Hell and at
four o'clock that afternoon, the bus
was filled -- everyone was back even
though the ...
It was because they had found out
they had no place in Heaven.
One of the great saints of the past put
it this way: "I wou...
"Who can stand before His indignation?"
If you don't have a Savior, how are you
going to stand as a sinner in the presence...
Revelation 6:12-17 NKJV
Sixth Seal: Cosmic Disturbances
12 I looked when He opened the sixth seal,
and behold, there was a...
13 And the stars of heaven fell to the
earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs
when it is shaken by a mighty wind.
14Then...
15 And the kings of the earth, the great
men, the rich men, the commanders,
the mighty men, every slave and
every free man...
16 and said to the mountains and
rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the
face of Him who sits on the throne
and from the w...
You don't have a ghost of a chance,
my friend.
• You cannot stand there without a
Savior.
• To be able to stand in His pre...
This is a tremendous principle that
Nahum is putting down here.
God must judge sin.
There is something radically wrong
wit...
Nahum's description of the power and
the anger of God was to reassure the
people of Judah of the protection of
their all-p...
Nahum 1:7 NKJV
7 The LORD is good,
A stronghold in the day of trouble;
And He knows those who trust in Him.
"The LORD is good."
Remember that the psalmist said,
"O give thanks unto the LORD, for He
is good: for His mercy endures
f...
If the redeemed don't say so,
nobody's going to say so.
God is good -- that's wonderful to
know.
If you are not saved, it is simply
because you will not come to Him, for
He can save you and He will save you.
God is good...
"A strong hold in the day of trouble."
Are you having any trouble?
Do you want to get to a good shelter?
The Lord is that ...
“He knows those who trust in Him”.
I'm very happy that I'm not going to
get lost in the shuffle, that I won't get
lost in ...
The multitudes which are in the
Orient almost shock us.
And in Egypt, in the Arab countries,
and inTurkey there are multit...
He doesn't need a computer to record
your name.
He has you written on His heart; He's
written your name on the palms of Hi...
http://christfromtheheart.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/isiash-49-16.jpg
Isaiah 49:16a NKJV
16a See, I have inscribed you on...
Nahum 1:8 NKJV
8 But with an overflowing flood
He will make an utter end of its place,
And darkness will pursue His enemie...
The Lord will overwhelm and destroy
the Assyrians.
"An overrunning flood" pictures a river
that is overflowing its banks a...
It is believed that this refers to the
invading army of the Babylonians
which overcame Nineveh.
The Greek historian Ctesias of the
fifth century B.C. records that the
Babylonian army was able to invade
Nineveh when the...
"Darkness will pursue His enemies"
raises a question regarding the place
of permanent punishment.
There is more said in Sc...
Darkness is mentioned here -- "and
darkness shall pursue His enemies."
Even the Lord Jesus used the term: "But
the childre...
Literal fire could only affect the
physical, never the spiritual.
• But, oh, the fires of a conscience
that has been sudde...
Think of the darkness of a lost
eternity!
Darkness is a better and more fearful
description of hell than fire is.
Exodus 10:21 NKJV
The Ninth Plague: Darkness
21Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch
out your hand toward heaven, that the...
End
ThruThe Bible with J.Vernon McGee.
Begin
Bible Exposition Commentary (BE
Series) - OldTestament -The Bible
Exposition Commentary –The
Prophets.
The City Is No More
Nahum 1-3
QueenVictoria was celebrating sixty
years on the British throne when
Rudyard Kipling publish...
Not everybody in Great Britain liked
the poem because it punctured
national pride at a time when the
empire was at its pea...
"Recessional" was a warning that
other empires had vanished from the
stage of history and theirs might
follow in their tra...
Kipling wrote:
Far-called, our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one...
The prophet Nahum would have
applauded the poem, especially Kipling's
reference to Nineveh, for it was Nahum
who wrote the...
Nahum made it clear that God is
indeed the Judge of the nations, and
that "pride goes before destruction,
and a haughty sp...
In the seventh century B.C., the very
mention of Nineveh brought fear to
people's hearts, but today, Nineveh is
mentioned ...
In his brief book, Nahum makes
declarations about God and Nineveh.
1. God Is Jealous: NinevehWill Fall
(Nahum 1:1-15)
2. G...
The prophet characterizes his inspired
message as both a "burden" and a
"vision," something he felt and
something he saw.
The word translated "burden" simply
means "to lift up" and was often used
to describe prophetic messages that
announced ju...
Isaiah used the word ten times in his
prophecy as he wrote about "the
burden of Babylon" (Isa. 13:1), "the
burden of Moab"...
These burdens came as a result of the
visions God gave His prophets
("seers") of dreadful events
determined for the nation...
2) God speaks of Himself
(Nahum 1:2-8).
Three important words in this paragraph
need to be understood because they all
rel...
Jealousy is a sin if it means being
envious of what others have and
wanting to possess it, but it's a virtue
if it means c...
A faithful husband and wife are
jealous over one another and do
everything they can to keep their
relationship exclusive.
"Jealous" and "zealous" come from
the same root, for when you're jealous
over someone, you're zealous to
protect the relat...
Since God made everything and owns
everything, He is envious of no one,
but since He is the only true God, He is
jealous o...
In the second commandment, God
prohibited the worship of idols and
backed up the prohibition with this
reason: "for I, the...
In the Book of Hosea, we learn that
the Lord was "married" to Israel in a
covenant relationship, and any breach
of that co...
He will not share His people with false
gods any more than a husband would
share his wife with his neighbor.
"For you shal...
"For the Lord your God is a consuming
fire, a jealous God" (Deut. 4:24, NKJV;
and see 6:15; 32:16, 21; 1 Kings 14:22).
Nineveh was a city given over to
iniquity, especially idolatry and
cruelty, and God's jealous love burned
against their pr...
In Scripture, vengeance is usually
presented as a sin.
• Both Jesus and Paul warned about
it (Matt. 5:38-48; Rom. 12:17-21...
"It is mine to avenge; I will repay.... I
will take vengeance on my
adversaries and repay those who hate
me" (Deut. 32:35,...
"O Lord God, toWhom vengeance
belongs—O God, toWhom vengeance
belongs, shine forth!" (Ps. 94:1, NKJV)
• When God takes ven...
God's anger isn't like human anger,
which can be selfish and out of
control.
His is a holy anger, a righteous
indignation ...
God's people ought to exercise a holy
anger against sin (Eph. 4:26), for, as
HenryWard Beecher said, "A person
that does n...
If we can stand by and do nothing
while innocent, helpless people are
mistreated and exploited, then
something is wrong wi...
In Nahum 1:2, Nahum wrote that God
was "furious" ("filled with wrath,"
NIV); and in verse 6, he described
God's "indignati...
However, verse 3 assures us that God's
wrath isn't a fit of rage or a temper
tantrum; for "the Lord is slow to
anger" (see...
God is so powerful that if His anger
were not a holy anger, and if He were
not "slow to anger," He could easily
destroy ev...
He controls the forces of nature
(Nahum 1:3); He opened the Red Sea
for the people of Israel to march
through, and he can ...
At Sinai, He made the mountain shake
(Ex. 19:18), and when He pleases, He
can cause the people of the world to
tremble (He...
The God that Nahum introduces to us is
a jealous God who is angry at sin
(Nahum 1:2), but He is also a good God
who cares ...
"God is love" (1 John 4:8, 16), but He is
also light (1:5), and His love is a holy
love.
He is a refuge for those who trus...
End
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Series) - OldTestament -The Bible
Exposition Commentary –The
Prophets.
The Plan of Hope & Salvation
John 3:16 NKJV
16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whoeve...
Romans 3:23 NKJV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23a NKJV
23a For the wages of sin is ...
Revelation 21:8 NKJV
8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable,
murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and
...
Romans 5:8 NKJV
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in
that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Re...
Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus
and believe in your heart that God has raised Him...
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  1. 1. Nahum 1:1-8 God Is Just - God Is Love March 1, 2015 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA
  2. 2. What’s the number one thing?
  3. 3. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.607995021124832962&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0 The Glory of God!
  4. 4. 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
  5. 5. March Memory Verse: Romans 3:23 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
  6. 6. IT IS HERE MARCH MADNESS SHOOTING FOR 7,000 IN 5 SUNDAYS AT FIRST JACKSON!
  7. 7. We do desire to see 7,000 people have the opportunity to be loved and discipled through the incredible ministry of Sunday school and community!
  8. 8. The class that has the most guests during March Madness and Highest Average Attendance during March Madness will receive breakfast for the class on the choice of your Sunday during the month of April.
  9. 9. On March 8, Spring Forward before going to bed on Saturday, March 7, to be on time. We will have sausage biscuits with jelly for 9:00 a.m. Sunday School.
  10. 10. March 20, 2015 Little Feet Consignment Spring Sale
  11. 11. SAVE THE DATE Tuesday, March 24th, 6 - 8:00 p.m. BOOMERS AND BITES COVERED DISH NIGHT IN 7 METRO JACKSON COMMUNITIES
  12. 12. LOCATIONS WILL BE ANNOUNCED NEXT WEEK Great opportunity to connect with people that live in your neighborhood!
  13. 13. kazyoung.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Challenge.jpg We have three challenges that the Education Department has placed before us in 2015:
  14. 14. http://rejoiceministries.org/images/hiding-gods-word-banner.jpg 1.) Memorize the monthly memory verse and know each month we are hiding God’sWord in our heart.
  15. 15. January verse: Romans 10:9 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
  16. 16. February verse: Ephesians 2:8-9 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.”
  17. 17. http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608020305571221387&pid=1.7 2.) Share your faith with one person each month and build a relationship with them, so they will become a believer in 2015 as God uses you to plant seeds with that person.
  18. 18. http://www.tillhecomes.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/God_At_Work.jpg 3). Ask two Sunday School class members to share how they have seen God at work during the week.
  19. 19. http://vardhanksv.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/series_graphic___nahum_872040580.jpg?w=547
  20. 20. http://a5.mzstatic.com/us/r30/Podcasts6/v4/32/5f/79/325f79f3-a0f1-02e5-5382-d8d519585dbe/mza_8884854500008393311.255x255-75.jpg J.Vernon McGee's ThruThe Bible
  21. 21. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608040444719796087&w=220&h=165&c=7&rs=1&qlt=90&o=4&pid=1.7
  22. 22. http://www.lccchildren.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/cropped-Minor-Prophets-Header.jpg
  23. 23. Instead of calling them major and minor prophets, it would perhaps be more appropriate to refer to them as the prophets with longer works and the prophets with shorter works.
  24. 24. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_3R8iQ4AIgSA/TKSvNWMRtQI/AAAAAAAAAWo/G_jCfar6w7s/s1600/Prophets.gif The four prophets with longer works (major prophets) are: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel.
  25. 25. The twelve prophets with shorter (minor) works are the last twelve books of our OldTestament: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.
  26. 26. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.607994991080637411&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0 Of the hundreds of prophets in ancient Israel in OldTestament times, only 16 were chosen to speak oracles that would be collected and written down into books.
  27. 27. These 16 writing prophets may be divided into four groups: 1) Prophets of Israel – Jonah, Amos, and Hosea 2) Prophets of Judah – Obadiah, Joel, Isaiah, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, and Habakkuk
  28. 28. http://agapegeek.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/prophet1.jpg 3) Exilic Prophets – Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel 4) Post-exilic Prophets – Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi
  29. 29. https://bible.org/assets/images/creation-1.gif
  30. 30. “What was the goal of their prophetic ministries?” Or, perhaps more appropriately, “What was it the prophets were seeking in their ministry?”
  31. 31. You might say restoration, i.e., a restored covenant relationship with God. Yes, that may properly be understood as the ultimate goal but what was it the prophets actually sought?
  32. 32. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--t-NeeYqH_Q/Ty_WUL9PC5I/AAAAAAAAAZg/FyBZGEmUsPE/s1600/repentance-is-u-turning.jpg The prophets sought repentance.
  33. 33. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-spqtXlSvuL4/UAm8mZsVy2I/AAAAAAAABbs/cqeBggGQfiM/s1600/repentance-4.jpg Restoration was the goal, but repentance is what they hoped to see from the people.
  34. 34. In fact, this message of the prophets was so prevalent that Zechariah (one of the last prophets) was able to sum up in one sentence all the prophets that preceded him: “the earlier prophets proclaimed: Thus says the Lord of Hosts, turn from your evil ways and doings,” (Zechariah 1:4).
  35. 35. The message of the prophets was a call for repentance. Is there a need for a message of repentance today?
  36. 36. In the NewTestament the message of John the Baptist was, Repent! Matthew 3:1-2 NKJV 1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
  37. 37. Jesus thus repeated the message of John the Baptist when He issued His first command: Matthew 4:17 NKJV 17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
  38. 38. Jesus sent out disciples who "proclaimed that people should repent". [Mark 6:12] In his Pentecost sermon, Peter the Apostle called on people to repent, [Acts 2:38 and Acts 3:19]
  39. 39. Paul the Apostle likewise testified "both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God" [Acts 20:21] and said that "The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent". [Acts 17:30]
  40. 40. Israel, the people of God in the Old Testament, turned away from God and needed a message of repentance. • We Christians, who are looking so much like the pagan society around us that we are virtually indistinguishable, need the same message?
  41. 41. http://reflectionsofgodslove.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/repentance.jpg
  42. 42. God preserved a faithful remnant in Israel but being an Israelite did not guarantee you were part of that remnant: “not all Israel is Israel,” (Romans 9:6).
  43. 43. God is also preserving a faithful remnant in the church today, but being “in the church” does not guarantee that you are a part of that remnant.
  44. 44. The prophets serve as constant reminders to us of God’s serious regard for His covenant. For those who obey the stipulations of the New Covenant (loving God and loving one's neighbor through Jesus Christ), the final, eternal, result will be blessing.
  45. 45. In thinking about application of the prophets to us today, we can make at least two observations: (1)The ungodly society in Israel and Judah in the days of the prophets is certainly similar to the ungodly society of our day; i.e.,
  46. 46. we see the similar self-indulgence, materialism, sexual promiscuity and perversion, pluralism, humanism, rampant ungodliness, etc. • Does that in itself not suggest that there is a message in the prophets for us today?
  47. 47. (2)We see through the prophets that God is serious about His covenant with Israel. • Does this not suggest He is just as serious about His New Covenant through Jesus Christ?
  48. 48. http://vip.hyperusa.com/~davislt/images/Repentance.jpg • Does this not imply that there is a message in the prophets for the church today?
  49. 49. How much are we like Israel, who claimed God’s eternal favor based on His promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and then worshipped the things of this world?
  50. 50. We claim the eternal favor of God based on the blood of Jesus, we say “once saved always saved,” and then we worship the things of this world. How different is that?
  51. 51. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-J0t1iL5_Hbs/UPBX82xM2zI/AAAAAAAACnc/iCWjkzSeGEA/s1600/minor+prophets.JPG The prophets of the Old Covenant do indeed have a message for us today.
  52. 52. https://bible.org/assets/minorp/minorp-1.gif
  53. 53. Divided Kingdom The schism that Jeroboam (922 to 901 B.C.) caused within the Jewish kingdom was the beginning of the end for Israel. • The Jewish people never again had twelve tribes working together.
  54. 54. There was never even a movement to reunite. The ten northern tribes slipped inexorably toward the bottomless pit of history.
  55. 55. Judea was saved because: 1) they were not seduced by and entrenched in idol worship, 2) the dynasty of David and 3) the prophets were able to influence them, and 4) theTemple in Jerusalem.
  56. 56. http://larryavisbrown.homestead.com/files/OT_history/unit4/Divided_Kingdom.jpg Those elements saved Judea from the fate that befell the Northern Kingdom.
  57. 57. The people of Judah witnessed the destruction of the northern kingdom, as did Isaiah and Micah, who warned that they were not immune to God’s wrath and were, in fact, on the same road to destruction.
  58. 58. Thereafter, the mounting sinfulness of Judah and the rise of another superpower, Babylon, became the subject of the prophets Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah, as well as Jeremiah and Ezekiel.
  59. 59. http://heavens-beauty.info/images/reap-what-you-sow2.jpg Judah, too, was later destroyed for its disobedience and carried off into exile in Babylon.
  60. 60. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608006149407245646&w=202&h=164&c=7&rs=1&qlt=90&o=4&pid=1.7
  61. 61. Nahum - 614 B.C. His theme is the destruction and fall of Nineveh which occurred in 612 B.C. • He reveals the eternal principle that for a nation to survive it must be established upon and directed by principles of righteousness and truth.
  62. 62. Nahum 1:1-8 NKJV 1The burden against Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. 2a God is jealous, and the LORD avenges; The LORD avenges and is furious.
  63. 63. http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/images/wrath-of-God.jpg 2b The LORD will take vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies;
  64. 64. http://homekeepingtheadventure.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/slow-to-anger-by-homekeeping-adventures.jpg 3a The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, And will not at all acquit the wicked.
  65. 65. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/7f/96/bd/7f96bd74927207f8322cc74755f12d3a.jpg 3b The LORD has His way In the whirlwind and in the storm,
  66. 66. http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/f4/9d/41/f49d41a650e266cef8812b3f4222e4c1.jpg 3c And the clouds are the dust of His feet.
  67. 67. http://www.kjvimages.com/shareableimages/jpeg/Nahum1_4.jpg 4 He rebukes the sea and makes it dry, And dries up all the rivers. Bashan and Carmel wither, And the flower of Lebanon wilts.
  68. 68. New Madrid fault. 5a The mountains quake before Him,
  69. 69. http://www.kjvimages.com/shareableimages/jpeg/Nahum1_5.jpg 5b The hills melt, And the earth heaves at His presence, Yes, the world and all who dwell in it.
  70. 70. 6 Who can stand before His indignation? And who can endure the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire, And the rocks are thrown down by Him.
  71. 71. http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Inspirational-Images/large/Nahum_1-7.jpg 7 The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.
  72. 72. http://christfromtheheart.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/isiash-49-16.jpg Isaiah 49:16a NKJV 16a See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
  73. 73. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608047089032367555&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0 8 But with an overflowing flood He will make an utter end of its place, And darkness will pursue His enemies. Nahum 1:1-8 NKJV
  74. 74. Nahum Chapter 1 THEME: Justice and goodness of God The little Book of Nahum is a remarkable prophecy.The prophet has just one theme, the judgment of Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian Empire, but we will find that he also has a meaningful message for us today.
  75. 75. http://graceofourlord.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/nineveh-001.jpg
  76. 76. Nahum 1:1 NKJV 1The burden against Nineveh.The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
  77. 77. "The burden against Nineveh" -- burden means "judgment," as it is also used in the prophecy of Isaiah. • 150 years earlier, Jonah had brought a message to Nineveh which revealed the love of God, and now the message of the Book of Nahum reveals the justice of God -- the two go together.
  78. 78. • Although God will judge a nation, He is still love, and He still loves -- you cannot escape that. • The thing which makes the judgment of God so frightful is the fact that God does not do it as a petulant person.
  79. 79. • He doesn't do it in a vindictive manner whatsoever. • He does not do it in a spirit of revenge or of trying to get even. • He does not judge because He has become angry for a moment in a sudden emotional outburst.
  80. 80. • God judges because He is just. • He still loves, but He is just. • Since He is just in His dealings, He must deal with sin even in the lives of those whom He loves. • Nineveh was a city that God loved - - He told Jonah that.
  81. 81. Jonah wanted the city destroyed, but God said, 11 And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left—and much livestock?” Jonah 4:11
  82. 82. http://punditfromanotherplanet.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/iraq-mosul-jpg.jpg?w=590&h=331 God wanted to spare the city and the people who were in it, many of whom were little children.
  83. 83. And God had spared Nineveh, but now judgment is going to fall upon this great city -- this is Nahum's message. • Jonah, almost a century and a half before, had brought a message from God, and Nineveh had repented.
  84. 84. However, the repentance was transitory. God has patiently given this new generation opportunity to repent (see v. 3), but the day of grace now ends and the moment of doom comes.
  85. 85. Nahum 3:19 NKJV 19 Your injury has no healing, Your wound is severe. All who hear news of you Will clap their hands over you, For upon whom has not your wickedness passed continually?
  86. 86. http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608005934660455455&w=306&h=188&c=7&rs=1&qlt=90&o=4&pid=1.7 In other words, Nineveh has come to a place where there is no healing for her people.
  87. 87. There is a point that for a nation and for an individual it is possible to continue in sin until you cross over a mark. • As humans, we do not know where that mark is -- but there is such a place.
  88. 88. When you pass over that mark, it is not that the grace of God cannot reach you but that you cannot reach God for the simple reason that you have come to the place where you are hardened and in a state of unbelief which cannot be changed.
  89. 89. Romans 1:18-32 NKJV 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, they are without excuse,
  90. 90. 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
  91. 91. 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
  92. 92. 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
  93. 93. 24Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
  94. 94. 26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions… and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
  95. 95. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil- mindedness; they are whisperers,
  96. 96. 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;
  97. 97. 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:18-32 NKJV
  98. 98. This can be true of a nation, and it can be true of an individual. • As you consider the things which are happening today, you are apt to be discouraged. • Many of God's people are disturbed today.
  99. 99. This is one of the reasons we have had such an interest in prophecy. God's people, ignorant of theWord of God, are desperately reaching out because of the things which are happening today.
  100. 100. Jesus said in Luke 21:26 NKJV: 26 “men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
  101. 101. We are at that state for sure; we've come into that particular orbit today. • These things are disturbing to us but let us understand that God is still running the affairs of this world. • He is still in charge. • It hasn't slipped out from His hands.
  102. 102. God is not sitting on the edge of His throne, biting His fingernails. • He is not nervous today about what is happening. • God is carrying out His plan and purpose, and He is overruling the sin of man.
  103. 103. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.607985954469185224&w=246&h=183&c=7&rs=1&qlt=90&o=4&pid=1.7 This should be very comforting to the child of God in this day.
  104. 104. Assyria had served God's purpose and is now to be destroyed. The destruction of Nineveh, according to the details given in this written prophecy, is almost breathtaking.
  105. 105. This is a message, therefore, of comfort to a people who live in fear of a powerful and godless nation: God will destroy any godless nation. • All you need do is to pick up your history book and start reading at the beginning of written history.
  106. 106. http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608015074342143290&pid=1.7 You will find that every great world power went down, and they went down at a time when they were given over to wine, women, and song.
  107. 107. When a nation reaches that place, you can be sure that it is on the skids and will soon pass out into the limbo of the lost. That is where all the former great nations of the world are today.
  108. 108. Where is the United States today? We are on the way down, my friend. Dr. J. Gresham Machen said years ago, "America today is going downhill with a godly ancestry."
  109. 109. America, which has had a godly ancestry, is going downhill on a toboggan. And Dr. Machen added, "God pity America when we reach the bottom of the hill."
  110. 110. How close are we to the bottom of the hill? J.Vernon Magee said, “I'm no prophet nor the son of a prophet. It seems to me like we're getting very close to the bottom of the hill.”
  111. 111. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608006149407245646&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0 The reason that the Book of Nahum is such a remarkable prophecy is that it speaks right into our own situation today.
  112. 112. "The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite (probably in Galilee)." • This is all that is known of the writer of this book. • Nahum was apparently born in the northern kingdom of Israel, and that was his native country; but he moved to the southern part of Judah sometime when he was very young.
  113. 113. He had a great concern for the northern kingdom, and he apparently was alive when it was carried away into captivity by Assyria.
  114. 114. http://jonkuhrt.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/iraq.jpg?w=287&h=300 His message is of the judgment that is coming upon Nineveh.
  115. 115. http://www.graftedforlife.org/blogs/media/blogs/torah/5771/7.jpg
  116. 116. Nahum 1:2 NKJV 2 God is jealous, and the LORD avenges; The LORD avenges and is furious. The LORD will take vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies;
  117. 117. Jealous, according toWebster's dictionary, means "exacting exclusive devotion." God is a jealous God, and He demands that His people worship Him alone.
  118. 118. God knows that He is a loving, benevolent FatherWho has your best interest at heart. He knows that if you give any of your devotion to anyone or anything else that would not work out best for you.
  119. 119. God alone is able to make all things to work for your good (Romans 8). Romans 8:28 NKJV 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
  120. 120. Romans 8:32 NKJV 32 HeWho did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
  121. 121. Romans 8:37-39 NKJV 37Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through HimWho loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
  122. 122. 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39 NKJV
  123. 123. When any people, no matter who they are, turn to idolatry or turn to sin (all that which is contrary to God), and when they give themselves to it, God is jealous. • God is not jealous because He is selfish but for your best good.
  124. 124. Exodus 20:3-6 NKJV 3 “You shall have no other gods before Me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
  125. 125. 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,
  126. 126. 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. Exodus 20:3-6 NKJV
  127. 127. God loves you - it does not make any difference who you are, you cannot keep Him from loving you. You can, however, get into a place where you will not experience the love of God.
  128. 128. When you put up an umbrella of sin, the sunshine of God's love will not fall on you (but it is still there for you). You can put up the umbrella of indifference.
  129. 129. Psalm 14:1 NKJV 1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
  130. 130. You can put up the umbrella by turning your back on Him and not doing His will. • There are several different umbrellas you can put up that will keep the love of God from shining upon you, but you cannot keep Him from loving you.
  131. 131. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, the only unpardonable sin, is the state of continued unbelief. There is no pardon for a person who dies in unbelief.
  132. 132. http://regenerationandrepentance.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/01.jpg Continual rejection of the Holy Spirit’s promptings to trust in Jesus Christ is the unpardonable blasphemy against Him.
  133. 133. John 3:36 NKJV 36 “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
  134. 134. The only condition wherein someone would have no forgiveness is if he is not among the “whoever believes in Him,” for it is he who “rejects the Son.”
  135. 135. 1 John 5:11-13 NKJV 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
  136. 136. 13These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:11-13 NKJV
  137. 137. Since God loves you, He is actually jealous for you which means that He wants you. God doesn't want what you've got, what you possess -- He wants you!
  138. 138. He's jealous when you give yourself, your time, and your substance to other things. When you give yourself to sin, God is jealous.
  139. 139. A good husband is one who is going to love his wife and want her above everything else and he won't want to share her with anybody.
  140. 140. If a lady says that she doesn’t have a jealous husband then she does not have a good relationship with him. • God very frankly says, "I'm a jealous God. I want you. I don't want to share you with the sin of the world and with the Devil's crowd and with idolatry.
  141. 141. I don't want to share you -- I want you to belong to Me." There is nothing wrong with God's saying that He is jealous, and Nahum says, "God is jealous." I'm glad that He is.
  142. 142. Nahum 1:2a NKJV 2a God is jealous, and the LORD avenges; The LORD avenges and is furious.
  143. 143. http://nightshade130.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/imagescaywq5y8.jpg There is a great difference between revenge and avenge.
  144. 144. Romans 12:19 NKJV 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
  145. 145. God says to you and me, "Don't you indulge in vengeance because, to begin with, you will never exercise it in the right way. Turn it over to Me. I handle it without any heat of anger. I handle it in justice.
  146. 146. http://dailytimewithgod.com/http://dailytimewithgod.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/2013/10/Picture14.jpg I will do the right thing. And I know all the issues – I know everything about it."
  147. 147. God is still on the throne, and He is still running things. God is “furious” and He does not take any delight in the sin of man. God hates sin, and He is furious at it.
  148. 148. Nahum 1:2b NKJV 2b The LORD will take vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies;
  149. 149. http://www.interpretingthetimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Ezekiel-38.jpg God is glorified when He judges a nation, as we see especially in Ezekiel 38.
  150. 150. When Assyria went down, God was glorified in that. They were a brutal, hated, sinful nation, and God brought them down to wrack and ruin and into the debris and dust of the earth.
  151. 151. He is glorified when He does things like that. Maybe you don't like it, but theWord of God says that that is the way He moves.
  152. 152. I would suggest that you get yourself reconciled to the way God does things, because that is the way they are going to be done.
  153. 153. Nahum 1:3a NKJV 3a The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, And will not at all acquit the wicked.
  154. 154. In verse 3 Nahum puts down a great principle by which God not only judged Assyria (and Nineveh, the capital, in particular), but also the way that God judges the world and will judge the world in the future.
  155. 155. "The LORD is slow to anger." Nahum makes this very clear. God had sent Jonah to Nineveh to tell them that they were to be destroyed because of their awful sin.
  156. 156. They were known as probably the most brutal people in the ancient world, and God said that judgment would come to them. • But the entire city of Nineveh repented and turned to God at that time.
  157. 157. Obviously, the message of Jonah penetrated the entire empire, and there was a great change. We would say that a great revival arose up but it didn't last very long.
  158. 158. It has been characteristic of the great waves of revival which have come that they have never lasted permanently.
  159. 159. TheWesleyan revival had tremendous impact upon England and this country, as well as side effects upon other nations, but it was of brief duration.
  160. 160. There has been some carry-over from it, of course, even down to the present hour. This is true also of the great revivals under Moody in this country, when entire cities moved toward God.
  161. 161. Nahum says that God is slow to anger, but this great city of Nineveh has now turned back to its old ways. • Over one hundred years after Jonah, Nahum comes to say, "The clock has struck twelve, and time has run out. There is no longer any delay.
  162. 162. Judgment is coming!" "The LORD... will not at all acquit the wicked." • The justice of God is seen in His judgment because He is slow to anger.
  163. 163. It took Him over one hundred years to get around to executing judgment against this city, and He is just and righteous in doing it. • He is not going to let the wicked off and never will He let the wicked off unless they turn to Him.
  164. 164. Unless they accept Christ as their Savior because He paid the penalty for their sins, they will have to be judged for their sins. God is never going to let them off -- He is just and righteous.
  165. 165. The forgiveness of God is different from our forgiveness. When somebody does us wrong, we say, "I forgive you" -- and that's it. A penalty has not been paid.
  166. 166. Our forgiveness is generally for something that is just a trifle. But when God forgives, the penalty has already been paid. God is the Judge of this earth.
  167. 167. He is not only its Creator, He is not only running it, but He is also the moral ruler of this universe. God is not a crooked judge, you cannot slip something under the table to get Him to let you off easy.
  168. 168. You cannot tell Him that you belong to a certain family, that your father is very influential and will be able to get you off.
  169. 169. Nor can you say you are wealthy and will see that the Judge loses His job, nor that you will pay Him just a little extra to be lenient with you. You cannot deal with God like that.
  170. 170. God must judge the wicked, and we are all told that the heart of man is desperately wicked -- not just a little wicked, but desperately wicked (see Jer. 17:9).
  171. 171. Jeremiah 17:9 NKJV 9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
  172. 172. You and I do not really know the depths of the iniquity that is in our hearts; we do not know what we are capable of.
  173. 173. Now God cannot acquit the wicked; therefore, if we are going to be acquitted, Someone must pay the penalty. That is the reason He has provided a Redeemer for us.
  174. 174. When an individual or a nation turns its back on God's redemption provided now in Christ, then judgment must follow -- there is no other alternative.
  175. 175. Nahum 1:3b NKJV 3b The LORD has His way In the whirlwind and in the storm, And the clouds are the dust of His feet.
  176. 176. God today moves even in nature, the storms which come are under His control, and they serve His purpose. • So-called Mother Nature doesn't really have anything to do with it, Mother Nature does what God tells Mother Nature to do.
  177. 177. Our God is the Creator, and He is the Redeemer, and He is also the Judge and He alone is running things. Just leave it in His hands, and rest in Him today because He is good, He is gracious, and He is the Savior.
  178. 178. Nahum 1:4 NKJV 4 He rebukes the sea and makes it dry, And dries up all the rivers. Bashan and Carmel wither, And the flower of Lebanon wilts.
  179. 179. God had already shown His power to do this -- He dried up the Red Sea and the Jordan River. Bashan, Carmel, and Lebanon are the three fertile areas in that land.
  180. 180. Carmel is actually theValley of Esdraelon, and Megiddo was the main city there. This is one of the most fertile spots on the topside of the earth.
  181. 181. When you go farther north, along the cost of Lebanon all the way from Beirut down to the ruins of oldTyre, you see beautiful country.
  182. 182. In the spring of the year, you can see the fruit trees blooming and in the distance the Anti-Lebanons covered with snow.
  183. 183. The fruit trees -- apricots, peaches, cherries, bananas, and citrus fruit -- everything is grown there, and the land is very fertile. Nahum says that a drought is to come.
  184. 184. Nahum 1:5 NKJV 5 The mountains quake before Him, The hills melt, And the earth heaves at His presence, Yes, the world and all who dwell in it.
  185. 185. He is the Creator, and He's also the Preserver of this universe -- He's the OneWho holds it together. "The mountains quake at Him, and the hills melt" refers, of course, to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
  186. 186. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/ad/NMSZBig.gif New Madrid fault.
  187. 187. The New Madrid fault zone is six times bigger than the San Andreas fault zone in California and a major Midwestern earthquake may cause 6,000 deaths and $450 billion in damage, a U.S. government- sponsored study said.
  188. 188. Major Quake in U.S. Midwest Might Kill 6,000, Study Estimates By Brian K. Sullivan [portions cut] Nov. 21, 2008 (Bloomberg)
  189. 189. There is a 90 percent chance that an earthquake of magnitude 6 or 7 will strike the area in the next 50 years, said the study.
  190. 190. Elnashai said earthquakes of equal magnitude would be felt over a larger area in the New Madrid zone than in California because of the composition of the soil.
  191. 191. The New Madrid seismic zone was the site of massive earthquakes in 1811- 1812 that rerouted the Mississippi River.
  192. 192. Nahum 1:6 NKJV 6 Who can stand before His indignation? And who can endure the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire, And the rocks are thrown down by Him.
  193. 193. "Who can stand before His indignation? And who can endure the fierceness of His anger?" This question was directed to the people of Nineveh who had rejected the mercy of this all-powerful God.
  194. 194. Does the unsaved have the answer to that question? Maybe they are depending upon their own righteousness and goodness.
  195. 195. Do they really believe that one can stand in the presence of a holy God Who absolutely hates sin and intends to judge it? Is anyone able to stand in His holy presence without Christ?
  196. 196. The very brilliant Oxford don, C. S. Lewis, wrote a story in which he tells about a bus trip that was run from Hell to Heaven. • It was the sort of tour in which those who were in Hell could take a bus trip to Heaven.
  197. 197. The bus was filled and, when it arrived in Heaven, the driver parked the bus in a parking lot. The driver told everyone on the bus, "At four o'clock this afternoon, the bus is going to leave and head for home."
  198. 198. Home just happened to be Hell and at four o'clock that afternoon, the bus was filled -- everyone was back even though the bus driver told them, "If you want to stay, you can stay." Why didn't they stay?
  199. 199. It was because they had found out they had no place in Heaven. One of the great saints of the past put it this way: "I would rather go to Hell without sin than go to Heaven with sin."
  200. 200. "Who can stand before His indignation?" If you don't have a Savior, how are you going to stand as a sinner in the presence of a holy God? Do you think that you've got a chance?
  201. 201. Revelation 6:12-17 NKJV Sixth Seal: Cosmic Disturbances 12 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood.
  202. 202. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.
  203. 203. 15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,
  204. 204. 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” Revelation 6:12-17 NKJV
  205. 205. You don't have a ghost of a chance, my friend. • You cannot stand there without a Savior. • To be able to stand in His presence is what it means to be accepted into the beloved and to be in Christ.
  206. 206. This is a tremendous principle that Nahum is putting down here. God must judge sin. There is something radically wrong with God if He doesn't judge sin.
  207. 207. Nahum's description of the power and the anger of God was to reassure the people of Judah of the protection of their all-powerful God when Assyria would invade their land.
  208. 208. Nahum 1:7 NKJV 7 The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.
  209. 209. "The LORD is good." Remember that the psalmist said, "O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good: for His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so..." (Ps. 107:1-2).
  210. 210. If the redeemed don't say so, nobody's going to say so. God is good -- that's wonderful to know.
  211. 211. If you are not saved, it is simply because you will not come to Him, for He can save you and He will save you. God is good -- that is an axiom of Scripture and an axiom of life. "The LORD is good."
  212. 212. "A strong hold in the day of trouble." Are you having any trouble? Do you want to get to a good shelter? The Lord is that shelter which you need.
  213. 213. “He knows those who trust in Him”. I'm very happy that I'm not going to get lost in the shuffle, that I won't get lost in the multitudes.
  214. 214. The multitudes which are in the Orient almost shock us. And in Egypt, in the Arab countries, and inTurkey there are multitudes of people.
  215. 215. He doesn't need a computer to record your name. He has you written on His heart; He's written your name on the palms of His hands.
  216. 216. http://christfromtheheart.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/isiash-49-16.jpg Isaiah 49:16a NKJV 16a See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
  217. 217. Nahum 1:8 NKJV 8 But with an overflowing flood He will make an utter end of its place, And darkness will pursue His enemies.
  218. 218. The Lord will overwhelm and destroy the Assyrians. "An overrunning flood" pictures a river that is overflowing its banks and causing devastation as it moves.
  219. 219. It is believed that this refers to the invading army of the Babylonians which overcame Nineveh.
  220. 220. The Greek historian Ctesias of the fifth century B.C. records that the Babylonian army was able to invade Nineveh when theTigris River suddenly overflowed and washed away the floodgates of the city and the foundations of the palace.
  221. 221. "Darkness will pursue His enemies" raises a question regarding the place of permanent punishment. There is more said in Scripture about darkness being the lot of the lost than there is about fire.
  222. 222. Darkness is mentioned here -- "and darkness shall pursue His enemies." Even the Lord Jesus used the term: "But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matt. 8:12; & Matt. 22:13).
  223. 223. Literal fire could only affect the physical, never the spiritual. • But, oh, the fires of a conscience that has been suddenly alerted to the awful thing one did in rejecting Christ and in not doing the things he should have done.
  224. 224. Think of the darkness of a lost eternity! Darkness is a better and more fearful description of hell than fire is.
  225. 225. Exodus 10:21 NKJV The Ninth Plague: Darkness 21Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt.”
  226. 226. End ThruThe Bible with J.Vernon McGee.
  227. 227. Begin Bible Exposition Commentary (BE Series) - OldTestament -The Bible Exposition Commentary –The Prophets.
  228. 228. The City Is No More Nahum 1-3 QueenVictoria was celebrating sixty years on the British throne when Rudyard Kipling published his poem "Recessional."
  229. 229. Not everybody in Great Britain liked the poem because it punctured national pride at a time when the empire was at its peak.
  230. 230. "Recessional" was a warning that other empires had vanished from the stage of history and theirs might follow in their train. God was still the Judge of the nations.
  231. 231. Kipling wrote: Far-called, our navies melt away; On dune and headland sinks the fire: Lo, all our pomp of yesterday Is one with Nineveh andTyre! Judge of the Nations, spare us yet, Lest we forget—lest we forget!
  232. 232. The prophet Nahum would have applauded the poem, especially Kipling's reference to Nineveh, for it was Nahum who wrote the OldTestament book that vividly describes the destruction of Nineveh, the event that marked the beginning of the end for the Assyrian Empire.
  233. 233. Nahum made it clear that God is indeed the Judge of the nations, and that "pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall" (Prov. 16:18, NKJV).
  234. 234. In the seventh century B.C., the very mention of Nineveh brought fear to people's hearts, but today, Nineveh is mentioned primarily by Bible students, archaeologists, and people interested in ancient history.
  235. 235. In his brief book, Nahum makes declarations about God and Nineveh. 1. God Is Jealous: NinevehWill Fall (Nahum 1:1-15) 2. God speaks of Himself (Nahum 1:2-8).
  236. 236. The prophet characterizes his inspired message as both a "burden" and a "vision," something he felt and something he saw.
  237. 237. The word translated "burden" simply means "to lift up" and was often used to describe prophetic messages that announced judgment.
  238. 238. Isaiah used the word ten times in his prophecy as he wrote about "the burden of Babylon" (Isa. 13:1), "the burden of Moab" (15:1), etc.
  239. 239. These burdens came as a result of the visions God gave His prophets ("seers") of dreadful events determined for the nations. • It wasn't easy to be a prophet and see what lay in the future, and they felt the burden of their messages.
  240. 240. 2) God speaks of Himself (Nahum 1:2-8). Three important words in this paragraph need to be understood because they all relate to the character of God: jealousy, vengeance, and anger.
  241. 241. Jealousy is a sin if it means being envious of what others have and wanting to possess it, but it's a virtue if it means cherishing what we have and wanting to protect it.
  242. 242. A faithful husband and wife are jealous over one another and do everything they can to keep their relationship exclusive.
  243. 243. "Jealous" and "zealous" come from the same root, for when you're jealous over someone, you're zealous to protect the relationship.
  244. 244. Since God made everything and owns everything, He is envious of no one, but since He is the only true God, He is jealous over His glory, His name, and the worship and honor that are due to Him alone.
  245. 245. In the second commandment, God prohibited the worship of idols and backed up the prohibition with this reason: "for I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God" (Ex. 20:5).
  246. 246. In the Book of Hosea, we learn that the Lord was "married" to Israel in a covenant relationship, and any breach of that covenant aroused His jealous love.
  247. 247. He will not share His people with false gods any more than a husband would share his wife with his neighbor. "For you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God" (34:14, NKJV).
  248. 248. "For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God" (Deut. 4:24, NKJV; and see 6:15; 32:16, 21; 1 Kings 14:22).
  249. 249. Nineveh was a city given over to iniquity, especially idolatry and cruelty, and God's jealous love burned against their pride and willful breaking of His law.
  250. 250. In Scripture, vengeance is usually presented as a sin. • Both Jesus and Paul warned about it (Matt. 5:38-48; Rom. 12:17-21). • But a just and holy God cannot see people flouting His law and do nothing about it.
  251. 251. "It is mine to avenge; I will repay.... I will take vengeance on my adversaries and repay those who hate me" (Deut. 32:35, 41, NIV). • The people prayed to God to avenge them when other nations attacked them.
  252. 252. "O Lord God, toWhom vengeance belongs—O God, toWhom vengeance belongs, shine forth!" (Ps. 94:1, NKJV) • When God takes vengeance by judging people, it's because He is a holy God and is jealous (zealous) for His holy law.
  253. 253. God's anger isn't like human anger, which can be selfish and out of control. His is a holy anger, a righteous indignation against all that defies His authority and disobeys His law.
  254. 254. God's people ought to exercise a holy anger against sin (Eph. 4:26), for, as HenryWard Beecher said, "A person that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good." • He was speaking, of course, about righteous anger that opposes evil.
  255. 255. If we can stand by and do nothing while innocent, helpless people are mistreated and exploited, then something is wrong with us. • "Anger is one of the sinews of the soul," wroteThomas Fuller. "He who lacks it has a maimed mind."
  256. 256. In Nahum 1:2, Nahum wrote that God was "furious" ("filled with wrath," NIV); and in verse 6, he described God's "indignation" as so fierce and powerful that it is "poured out like fire" with the power to "shatter" the rocks (NIV).
  257. 257. However, verse 3 assures us that God's wrath isn't a fit of rage or a temper tantrum; for "the Lord is slow to anger" (see Jonah 4:2; Ex. 34:6; Num. 14:18).
  258. 258. God is so powerful that if His anger were not a holy anger, and if He were not "slow to anger," He could easily destroy everything.
  259. 259. He controls the forces of nature (Nahum 1:3); He opened the Red Sea for the people of Israel to march through, and he can turn off the rain and make the most fruitful areas of the land languish (v. 4).
  260. 260. At Sinai, He made the mountain shake (Ex. 19:18), and when He pleases, He can cause the people of the world to tremble (Heb. 12:18-21).
  261. 261. The God that Nahum introduces to us is a jealous God who is angry at sin (Nahum 1:2), but He is also a good God who cares for His people (v.7). • Nahum invites us (as Paul put it) to "consider the goodness and severity of God" (Rom. 11:22, NKJV).
  262. 262. "God is love" (1 John 4:8, 16), but He is also light (1:5), and His love is a holy love. He is a refuge for those who trust Him, but He is an "overwhelming flood" to those who are His enemies.
  263. 263. End Bible Exposition Commentary (BE Series) - OldTestament -The Bible Exposition Commentary –The Prophets.
  264. 264. The Plan of Hope & Salvation John 3:16 NKJV 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 14:6 NKJV 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
  265. 265. Romans 3:23 NKJV 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 6:23a NKJV 23a For the wages of sin is death, • Death in this life (the first death) is 100%. • Even Jesus, the only one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to pay the penalty for our sins. • The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in Revelation 21:8.
  266. 266. Revelation 21:8 NKJV 8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Romans 6:23b NKJV 23b but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  267. 267. Romans 5:8 NKJV 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Revelation 21:7 NKJV 7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.” •Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to accept Jesus as our Savior.
  268. 268. Romans 10:9-10 NKJV 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:13 NKJV 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
  269. 269. If you have questions or would like to know more, Please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at 601- 979-1900 or http://firstbaptistjackson.org/contact/

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