Friday, August 3, 2012
Welcome to Day 215 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
I. Superscription (1:1)
II. Destruction of Nineveh Declared (1:2–15)
A. God’s Power Illustrated (1:2–8)
B. God’s Punishment Stated (1:9–15)
III. Destruction of Nineveh Detailed (2:1–13)
A. The City is Assaulted (2:1–10)
B. The City is Discredited (2:11–13)
IV. Destruction of Nineveh Demanded (3:1–19)
A. The First Charge (3:1–3)
B. The Second Charge (3:4–7)
C. The Third Charge (3:8–19)
Source: John McArthur, www.gty.org.
Nahum 1:7, “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, 8 but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of Nineveh; he will pursue his foes into darkness.” (Nineveh was destroyed by a flooded Tigress River some years later, just as Nahum prophesied.)
15 “Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace!” (Familiar with this verse? It is not directly quoted in the New Testament, but is alluded to by Peter in Acts 10.) Amazing how Good news is always adjacent to destruction in scripture.
Nahum 2:13, ““I am against you,” declares the Lord Almighty.”
Ouch… that is never good…
Nahum 3:16, “You have increased the number of your merchants till they are more than the stars of the sky, but like locusts they strip the land and then fly away.”
Hmmm… I think there’s a timeless message right there…
John 5:19, ““I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”
This is right off this weekend’s outline… You’ll see. : )
One century after Jonah preached at Nineveh, the capital city of Assyria, God brought judgment upon them after they returned to idolatry. (Remember when Jonah preached to them and they repented and he was upset?)
I’m not a big conservationist… and I’m not all that concerned about global warming, or even protecting endangered species. I recycle, turn down my AC during the day while I’m at work… But this verse from Nahum 3 really jumped out at me this morning…
With our global economy, imagine what God might say to some of our companies stripping the land (and the ocean’s) of its natural resources… If scripture speaks directly to Nineveh that, “You have increased the number of your merchants till they are more than the stars of the sky, but like locusts they strip the land and then fly away,” what would he say to us? It’s estimated that Nineveh had 100,000-150,000 inhabitants within its walls… twice that of Babylon (and about the same as Dayton, OH has today!)
I wonder if this is what Paul was eluding to in Romans 8? Of course he was speaking to the fulfillment of all things… That even the earth itself is waiting for God to make all things “right” again.
20 “For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” We know according to Revelation 21:1 that there will be “a new heaven AND a new earth!” (Emphasis is mine.)
I’m not going to go off on a “let’s go green!” rant… merely raising the question as to God’s view of how mankind has stewarded the earth. Keep in mind that Nahum referred to Nineveh’s merchants numbering “as the stars.” The earth’s population didn’t hit its first billion until 1804. Now it stands at SEVEN billion.
That’s getting a little closer to numbering “as the stars.” Agree?
If we are all called to steward the earth at some level, what is our responsibility? Does it really matter if I recycle? With the amount of trash created world-wide on a daily basis, how much impact could my recycling have.
You really have to look at this in reverse… What if no one recycled?
I always say, “millions are still made of up pennies.” Little by little by little…
PepsiCo has altered its plastic bottles used by Aquafina to use 50% less plastic. World wide, this has impact! The good news is fresh water is more available world-wide. The bad news is all that plastic ends up in a landfill or worse, in the ocean. 50% less plastic per bottle at least slows the rate at which our landfills are filled.
If you have been following this blog, you know I’m not given to such rants… Keep in mind, this is my blog, my take on each day’s reading. My musings, put out there for the whole world to see.
Not trying to push my views on anyone. Just pondering out loud.
And, for the record, I really dislike the new energy-efficient lightbulbs!
Lord, give me eyes to see and ears to hear what you are saying about the world around me…
P.S. Special shout out to Nicole for causing me to think through this a bit more than I might have. 🙂