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Title: Nahum and Habakkuk

Nahum and Habakkuk
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  • This is a message about Nineveh, the account of
    a vision seen by Nahum, who was from Elkosh.
    (Nahum 11 GN) 612 BC Nineveh
  • One day the LORD spoke to JonahHe said, Go to
    Nineveh, that great city, and speak out against
    it I am aware of how wicked its people are.
    (Jonah 11-2 GN) 783-743 BC

  • Jonah was furious. He lost his temper. He yelled
    at God, God! I knew itwhen I was back home, I
    knew this was going to happen! Thats why I ran
    off to Tarshish! I knew you were sheer grace and
    mercy, not easily angered, rich in love, and
    ready at the drop of a hat to turn your plans of
    punishment into a program of forgiveness! So,
    God, if you wont kill them, kill me! Im better
    off dead! (Jonah 41-3 The Message)

  • For God loved the world so much that he gave his
    only Son (John 316 GN)
  • The LORD says, The people I love are doing evil
    things. (Jeremiah 1115 GN)
  • My heart cries out for Moab! (Isaiah 155 GN)
  • The LORD says, People of Israel, I think as
    much of the people of Ethiopia as I do of you. I
    brought the Philistines from Crete and the
    Syrians from Kir, just as I brought you from
    Egypt. (Amos 97 GN)
  • Turn to me now and be saved, people all over the
    world! (Isaiah 4522 GN)
  • Roman officer I tell you, I have never found
    faith like this, not even in Israel! (Luke 79
  • Canaanite woman You are a woman of great
    faith! (Matthew 1528 GN)

Terminal Diagnosis
  • There is no remedy for your injuries, and your
    wounds cannot be healed. All those who hear the
    news of your destruction clap their hands for
    joy. Did anyone escape your endless cruelty?
    (Nahum 319)

  • Israel
  • I wanted to heal Israel, but its sins were far
    too great. Samaria is filled with liars, thieves,
    and bandits! (Hosea 71 NLT)

  • Judah
  • The LORD God of their ancestors repeatedly sent
    messages through his messengers because he wanted
    to spare his people and his dwelling place. But
    they mocked Gods messengers, despised his words,
    and made fun of his prophets until the LORD
    became angry with his people. He could no longer
    heal them (2 Chronicles 3615,16, GODS WORD).
  • Is there no medicine in Gilead? Are there no
    doctors there? Why, then, have my people not been
    healed? (Jeremiah 822 GN).
  • The Lord says to his people, Your wounds are
    incurable, your injuries cannot be healed. There
    is no one to take care of you, no remedy for your
    sores, no hope of healing for you. (Jeremiah
    301213 GN).

  • Babylon
  • Babylon will suddenly fall and be shattered. Cry
    for it. Bring medicine for its pain. Maybe it can
    be healed. We wanted to heal Babylon, but it
    couldnt be healed. Lets abandon it and go to
    our own land. God has judged Babylon. Its
    judgment is complete. (Jeremiah 518,9, GODS
  • Egypt
  • People of Egypt, go to Gilead and look for
    medicine! All your medicine has proved useless
    nothing can heal you. (Jeremiah 4612 GN)

  • Create a pure heart in me, O God, and put a new
    and loyal spirit in me. (Psalms 5110 GN)

  • So the prophecy of Isaiah applies to them This
    people will listen and listen, but not
    understand they will look and look, but not see,
    because their minds are dull, and they have
    stopped up their ears and have closed their eyes.
    Otherwise, their eyes would see, their ears would
    hear, their minds would understand, and they
    would turn to me, says God, and I would heal
    them. (Matthew 1314-15 GN)

  • The LORD said to Moses, How much longer will
    these people reject me? How much longer will they
    refuse to trust in me, even though I have
    performed so many miracles among them? (Numbers
    1411 GN)
  • The Lord answered, I will forgive them, as you
    have asked. But I promise that as surely as I
    live and as surely as my presence fills the
    earth, none of these people will live to enter
    that land. They have seen the dazzling light of
    my presence and the miracles that I performed in
    Egypt and in the wilderness, but they have tried
    my patience over and over again and have refused
    to obey me. They will never enter the land which
    I promised to their ancestors. None of those who
    have rejected me will ever enter it (Numbers

  • Stephen
  • And he fell to his knees, shouting, Lord, dont
    charge them with this sin! And with that, he
    died. (Acts 760 - NLT).
  • Jesus
  • Forgive them, Father! (Luke 2334 - GN).
  • When the captain there saw what happened, he
    honored God This man was innocent! A good man,
    and innocent! All who had come around as
    spectators to watch the show, when they saw what
    actually happened, were overcome with grief and
    headed home. (Luke 2347,48 The Message)

  • The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the
    attribute of the strong.
  • Gandhi

  • Do you have contempt for God, who is very kind
    to you, puts up with you, and deals patiently
    with you? Dont you realize that it is Gods
    kindness that is trying to lead you to him and
    change the way you think and act? (Romans 24

  • And all of us have had that veil removed so that
    we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory
    of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works
    within us, we become more and more like him and
    reflect his glory even more (2 Corinthians 318,

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  • Jesus said to them, I am telling you the truth
    if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and
    drink his blood, you will not have life in
    yourselves. Those who eat my flesh and drink my
    blood have eternal life, and I will raise them to
    life on the last day. For my flesh is the real
    food my blood is the real drink. Those who eat
    my flesh and drink my blood live in me, and I
    live in them. (John 653-56 GN)

  • The members of the Council were amazed to see
    how bold Peter and John were and to learn that
    they were ordinary men of no education. They
    realized then that they had been companions of
    Jesus. (Acts 413 GN)

  • For from the inside, from your heart, come the
    evil ideas which lead you to do immoral things,
    to rob, kill, commit adultery, be greedy, and do
    all sorts of evil things deceit, indecency,
    jealousy, slander, pride, and folly--- all these
    evil things come from inside you and make you
    unclean. (Mark 721-23 GN)

  • Rather, the real Jew is the person who is a Jew
    on the inside, that is, whose heart has been
    circumcised, and this is the work of Gods
    Spirit, not of the written Law. Such a person
    receives praise from God, not from human beings.
    (Romans 229 GN)

The physician model
  • A 55 year old man comes to see you after missing
    his last 25 appointments
  • He has neglected his high blood pressure and
    diabetes for years
  • His diet has been horrible
  • He smokes 3 packs of cigarettes per day.
  • He hasnt taken his medications. Now he is
    feeling dizzy and has headaches.

  • This is the message that the LORD revealed to
    the prophet Habakkuk. O LORD, how long must I
    call for help before you listen, before you save
    us from violence? Why do you make me see such
    trouble? How can you stand to look on such
    wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are all
    around me, and there is fighting and quarreling
    everywhere. The law is weak and useless, and
    justice is never done. Evil people get the better
    of the righteous, and so justice is perverted.
  • Then the LORD said to his people, Keep watching
    the nations around you, and you will be
    astonished at what you see. I am going to do
    something that you will not believe when you hear
    about it. I am bringing the Babylonians to power,
    those fierce, restless people. They are marching
    out across the world to conquer other lands.
    (Habakkuk 11-6 GN)

  • God, youre from eternity, arent you? Holy God,
    we arent going to die, are we? God, you chose
    Babylonians for your judgment work? Rock-Solid
    God, you gave them the job of discipline? But you
    cant be serious! You cant condone evil! So why
    dont you do something about this? Why are you
    silent now? This outrage! Evil men swallow up the
    righteous and you stand around and watch! Youre
    treating men and women as so many fish in the
    ocean, Swimming without direction, swimming but
    not getting anywhere. Then this evil Babylonian
    arrives and goes fishing. He pulls in a good
    catch. He catches his limit and fills his creel
    a good day of fishing! Hes happy! He praises his
    rod and reel, piles his fishing gear on an altar
    and worships it! Its made his day, and hes
    going to eat well tonight! Are you going to let
    this go on and on? Will you let this Babylonian
    fisherman fish like a weekend angler, killing
    people as if theyre nothing but fish? Whats God
    going to say to my questions? Im braced for the
    worst. Ill climb to the lookout tower and scan
    the horizon. Ill wait to see what God says, how
    hell answer my complaint. (Habakkuk 112-17 21
    The Message)

  • Then Moses turned to the LORD again and said,
    Lord, why do you mistreat your people? Why did
    you send me here? Ever since I went to the king
    to speak for you, he has treated them cruelly.
    And you have done nothing to help them! (Exodus
    522-23 GN)

  • Surely you won't kill the innocent with the
    guilty. That's impossible! You can't do that. If
    you did, the innocent would be punished along
    with the guilty. That is impossible. The judge of
    all the earth has to act justly. (Genesis 1825

  • Job I still rebel and complain against God I
    cannot keep from groaning. How I wish I knew
    where to find him, and knew how to go where he
    is. I would state my case before him and present
    all the arguments in my favor. I want to know
    what he would say and how he would answer me.
    Would God use all his strength against me? No, he
    would listen as I spoke. I am honest I could
    reason with God he would declare me innocent
    once and for all. (Job 231-7 GN)
  • Elihu I wont ask to speak with God why should
    I give him a chance to destroy me? Gods power is
    so great that we cannot come near him. (Job
    3720,23 GN)

  • The LORD gave me this answer Write down
    clearly on tablets what I reveal to you, so that
    it can be read at a glance. Put it in writing,
    because it is not yet time for it to come true.
    But the time is coming quickly, and what I show
    you will come true. It may seem slow in coming,
    but wait for it it will certainly take place,
    and it will not be delayed. And this is the
    message Those who are evil will not survive,
    but those who are righteous will live because
    they are faithful to God. (Habakkuk 21-4 GN)

  • Even if the fig tree does not bloom and the
    vines have no grapes, even if the olive tree
    fails to produce and the fields yield no food,
    even if the sheep pen is empty and the stalls
    have no cattle- even then, I will be happy with
    the LORD. I will truly find joy in God, who saves
    me. The LORD Almighty is my strength. He makes my
    feet like those of a deer. He makes me walk on
    the mountains. (Habakkuk 317-19 GODS WORD)

  • But the righteous person will live because of
    his faithfulness. (Habakkuk 24 GODS WORD)
  • Abraham put his trust in the LORD, and because
    of this the LORD was pleased with him and
    accepted him (Genesis 156 GN)
  • Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him (Job
    1315, KJV)

  • For I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is
    the power of God unto salvation to every one that
    believeth to the Jew first, and also to the
    Greek. For therein is revealed a righteousness of
    God from faith unto faith as it is written, But
    the righteous shall live by faith. (Romans
    116-17 ASV)
  • For the good news is a revelation of Gods true
    righteousness, character, methods and principles
    that restores trust in God and results in
    re-creation of a righteous and Christlike
    character, just as it is written The Christlike
    will live by trust. (Romans 116-7 TJ)

  • Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be
    saved---you and your family." (Acts 1631 GN)
  • Have faith in the Lord Jesus. (Berkeley)
  • They said, Put your entire trust in the Master
    Jesus. Then you'll live as you were meant to
    live--and everyone in your house included!
    (Acts 1631 The Message)
  • Put your trust in the Lord Jesus (NEB)

  • Those who know you, LORD, will trust you
    (Psalms 910 GN)
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