"The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet."
(Nahum 1:3 KJV)
Nahum, an obscure minor prophet of Our Awesome God from Elkosh, about 20 miles southwest of Jerusalem, rose up about 2600 years ago and preached about the coming destruction of the city of Nineveh by a coalition of Babylonians, Scythians and Medes. He wrote a short and concise Book in the Bible that that told of the total destruction of Nineveh around 600 BC, which was about 2 years before it happened.
Nineveh at that time was the capital of the Assyrian Empire, which was one of the most powerful empires of the ancient world. The Assyrians conquered the kingdom of Israel in about 722 BC, about 2700 years ago, as Our Awesome God's prophets had foretold. The conquests of Israel and Nineveh were as ruthless and cruel as it was devastating. When reading this Book of Nahum, you realize the cruelty, the superstition, the idolatry, the injustice and the treachery that these people prided themselves for having.
This was a nation whose capital, Nineveh, had turned from their wicked ways when Our Awesome God had made Jonah preach to them. They knew about God and His creation and His standards but they ignored Nahum's prophecy. But Nahum was right. Nineveh would never again be a world power and today, it is little more than an archaeological site. In contrast, Israel is again a nation, and a relatively prosperous one at that.
Our Awesome God's holiness, justice and power are the foundation of Nahum's prophetic book. God rules over all the earth, even over those who do not acknowledge Him. Along with Nahum's writings about the destruction of Nineveh, there is also a message of hope that shines through. God is slow to anger (Nahum 1:3) and good (Nahum 1:7) and offers good tidings to those who want His blessings (Nahum 1:15). God remains the same always: slow to anger, blessing us, good to all and loving while giving us justice. We must remember that justice will occur for all, the consequences can be devastating.
Come join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others about His story, Jesus Christ's Salvation, and our eternal home with Him, trying to help them to understand Our Creator better. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour along with a program for children called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM.. We have a Prayer Meeting and Bible Study that meets at 7:00 PM on Wednesday.
"Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me."
(Jonah 1:2 KJV)
"And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land."
(Jonah 2:10 KJV)
The prophet Jonah seems almost comical in his relationship with Our Awesome God, except for one thing: the souls of over 100,000 people were at stake in Nineveh. Jonah tried to run away from God, learned a terrifying lesson, did his duty, and then, still had the nerve to complain to Our Awesome God, the Creator of the Universe. But God was forgiving, both of the prophet Jonah and the sinful people Jonah preached to.
The reluctant prophet finally recognized the power of Our Awesome God when he was swallowed by a whale (big fish) and remained in its belly for three days. Jonah had the good sense to repent and thank God for his life. He delivered God's message to Nineveh with accuracy. Even though he resented it, he did his duty.
The prophet Jonah was both foolish and selfish. He mistakenly thought he could run away from Our Awesome God. He ignored God's desires and indulged in his own prejudice against the people of Nineveh, who were Israel's fiercest enemies. He thought he should have his revenge, that he knew better than God when it came to the fate of the Ninevities. God can use anything He wants to make us realize that He is in charge, even a whale.
While it may appear that we can run or hide from Our Awesome God, we're only fooling ourselves. Our role may not be as dramatic as Jonah's, but we have a duty of love to God to carry it out to the best of our ability. God is in control of things and not us. When we choose to disobey Him, we should expect bad consequences and Jonah received his in the form of the whale. From the moment Jonah went his own way, things started to go wrong. It is unjust for us to judge other people (the Ninevities) based on our incomplete knowledge of them but Jonah did. God is the only righteous judge, favoring whom He pleases because He knows them and what they will do. God sets the agenda and timetable. Our job is to follow Our Awesome God's instructions. So learn how to hear God's call and follow Him.
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. There are many opportunities to learn about God in our programs which include Bible Study groups, Prayer Meetings at 7:00 PM on Wednesday and AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM. See what you can do and learn!
Flo & Bill