Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
God Loves Nations
This post is from my notes during our Bible Study Sunday
Morning at Church.
The Assyrians were a Feared Nation because of their cruelty
and Jonah did not want to preach to them.
God Loves Nations
We have national pride as we
honor our flag and sing our patriotic songs.We study through history the different cultures.America has sent more missionaries than
any other nation to bring the Good News of Salvation.
As we study the history of Assyria a particular nation.We discover the structure of this story is
Anti-Christ.Some believe their destruction was prophesied by Nahum, as Assyria was guilty
of war and its cruelties.They captured
and tortured prisoners, and made slaves of others cruelly mistreating them.
God desires to loose those
who are blended into our society, but are captured by Satan.
Let us do some positive
loosening; loose your Identity in Christ; loose honor as you bind shame.Loose your ability to move forward.Many need to return to the cross and allow
the blood of Jesus to remove our shame and restore them to the family.God brings us into sanctuary regardless of
Leaders and Generals take
charge and qualify others and delegate responsibility.
Jonah knew the wicked history
of Assyria and he ran from the command of the
Lord to go and preach to them.Asher was
their main god, but there were also other gods they worshipped and not the true
Assyria captured 46 cities of the Jews and tortured prisoners
in various terrible ways.Manasseh was
taken captive, and Nineveh
was the capital of their nation.
Jonah said, “No way will I go
and preach to them, because I want them all dead.”
He knew their slave labor
built huge roads with way stations for travelers to rest.
The Prophet Nahum prophesied
that God loved Assyria, but because of their
evil and rebellion they would be completely destroyed.
In the book of Genesis, Noah
was blessed and told to be fruitful and multiply.Living creatures will fear you, and creatures
were given for food, but don’t eat the blood.Do not kill your brethren, and God promised to establish his covenant
with a rainbow signifying that he would not destroy the world by water again.
Noah drank wine from his
vineyard and in a drunken slumber, removed his clothes.His son Ham looking in the tent, told his
brothers what their dad had done.One
son, took a blanket and backing in quietly covered the nakedness of his
When Noah woke and realized what had happened, he cursed Ham to
be a servant for the rest of his days.
Don’t shrug off sin and joke
about it.Know that God will cover sin
with his blanket of mercy and grace.
The people began to worship
gods of wood and stone, and there followed generational curses.
We as Christians can make a
decree and declare that any curse stops here and goes no further.