Nineveh rejected truth. Why Nineveh was judged.
It is all full of lies. The people of Nineveh had rejected truth.
That means they had rejected everything associated with truth, such as facts. And evidence. And expertise. And science.
and robbery. Having rejected the truth, the people of Nineveh fell into corruption.
no end to the prey. Having rejected the truth, and with widespread corruption, there was no end to exploitation.
That is because people were profoundly self-centered. They were unrelentingly selfish.
The three points above remind us of many Christians in the United States. They have rejected truth. And everything associated with truth, such as facts and evidence, expertise and science.
Therefore they have fallen into corruption. And a state of being profoundly self-centered. Unrelentingly selfish.
Hosea 7:3. They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.
Nahum 3:1. Woe to the bloody city! It is all full of lies and robbery—no end to the prey.
Romans 1:25. who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
2 Thessalonians 2:11. Because of this, God sends them a working of error, that they should believe a lie;
VERSE 2. The noise of the whip, the noise of the rattling of wheels, prancing horses, and bounding chariots,
VERSE 3. the horseman charging, and the flashing sword, the glittering spear, and a multitude of slain, and a great heap of corpses, and there is no end of the bodies. They stumble on their bodies
VERSE 4. because of the multitude of the prostitution of the alluring prostitute, the mistress of witchcraft, who sells nations through her prostitution, and families through her witchcraft.
VERSE 5. “Behold, I am against you,” says the LORD of Hosts, “and I will lift your skirts over your face. I will show the nations your nakedness, and the kingdoms your shame.
VERSE 6. I will throw abominable filth on you and make you vile, and will make you a spectacle.
VERSE 7. It will happen that all those who look at you will flee from you, and say, ‘Nineveh is laid waste! Who will mourn for her?’ Where will I seek comforters for you?”
VERSE 8. Are you better than No-Amon, who was situated among the rivers, who had the waters around her, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was of the sea?
No-Amon. Or “Thebes.”
the rivers. Or “the Nile.”
VERSE 9. Cush and Egypt were her boundless strength. Put and Libya were her helpers.
VERSE 10. Yet was she carried away. She went into captivity. Her young children also were dashed in pieces at the head of all the streets, and they cast lots for her honorable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.
they cast lots. This reminds us of the situation with the Lord Jesus Christ when he was crucified.
VERSE 11. You also will be drunken. You will be hidden. You also will seek a stronghold because of the enemy.
VERSE 12. All your fortresses will be like fig trees with the first-ripe figs. If they are shaken, they fall into the mouth of the eater.
VERSE 13. Behold, your troops among you are women. The gates of your land are set wide open to your enemies. The fire has devoured your bars.
VERSE 14. Draw water for the siege. Strengthen your fortresses. Go into the clay, and tread the mortar. Make the brick kiln strong.
VERSE 15. There the fire will devour you. The sword will cut you off. It will devour you like the grasshopper. Multiply like grasshoppers. Multiply like the locust.
VERSE 16. You have increased your merchants more than the stars of the skies. The grasshopper strips and flees away.
VERSE 17. Your guards are like the locusts, and your officials like the swarms of locusts, which settle on the walls on a cold day, but when the sun appears, they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.
VERSE 18. Your shepherds slumber, king of Assyria. Your nobles lie down. Your people are scattered on the mountains, and there is no one to gather them.
NAB translation. Alas! How your shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria, your nobles have gone to rest.
your shepherds slumber. When the shepherds sleep, then the sheep are in trouble.
This is true for those who shepherd sheep. And it’s true for spiritual shepherds, those who lead churches.
Your people are scattered. Unity. It is so hard to maintain.
Anyone can unthinkingly shoot off his mouth and thereby divide people. Especially today, there are so many hot-button topics to shout about.
John 17:11. I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them through your name which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are.
there is no one to gather them. It’s a very rare leader who can unify.
Within the solar system, gravity pulls the planets toward the sun. The forces of gravity are counterbalanced by the centrifugal forces due to mass and rotational velocity.
If a planet were to go too fast, it would wander away from the sun, its source of its unity with the other planets.
But if a planet were to go too slow, it would get too close to the sun, the source of its unity with the other planets.
In either case, by shifting its own orbit, the planet would mess up the orbits of all the other planets.
Unity is so hard to achieve and maintain.
VERSE 19. There is no healing your wound, for your injury is fatal. All who hear the report of you clap their hands over you, for who hasn’t felt your endless cruelty?
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