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And yet we…
And still God…
Last Week – Nineveh knew what they were supposed to do and chose to blatantly disobey and rebel against God…and they were destroyed
This Week – Different kind of disobedience and its consequences, the disobedience of standing by and doing nothing when someone is in need
What Would You Do? – all these scenarios when people see awful things happening and we get awkward and find ways to pretend it’s not happening versus getting involved
We say things like – “it’s not my place” “I didn’t want to get hurt” “I didn’t want my
kids to get hurt”
– shortest book in OT (17 verses)
– written in the form of a dirge of doom
– Edomites – descendants of Esau
vv. 10-15, Obadiah explains why Edom will be destroyed, namely blatant arrogance toward God and persecution of God’s children
- Obadiah said God would destroy Edom as punishment for standing by when Babylon invaded Judah
o A21 campaign – why didn’t you come sooner?
- Edom located in the mountains – thought they were invincible
vv. 17-21 – God will fight for His children and those who stand against or stand by will be destroyed
Who are God’s children? We are all God's children - the vulnerable, the oppressed,
the hungry, the abused
The redeemed are called to restore - we can no longer stand by while our brothers and sisters get hurt, it's time to get involved.
For more information on the A21 Campaign, check out theA21Campaign.org. Our senior high students will be fasting on the 21st to bring awareness to human trafficking - would you like to get involved?
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
If you ignore your laundry piling up and up and up, you will run out of clothing to wear.
If you eat junk consistently, then you’re going to gain weight and have health issues.
If you spend more than you make, then you will end up in debt.
If you betray someone you love – a friend, a family member, your spouse – then you will lose trust.
And yet we…Do it anyway
(We know if we stay up late, we’ll be tired in the morning – but just this one last show on tv, a few more chapters in my book, a little more time on facebook, hey what about these other internet sites…)
Why? When we’re young we think we’re invincible (that bad stuff won’t happen to me, no one else will be affected, I have plenty of time to turn things around…). We get older and we figure we can manage things (I can take care of it, I’m in control…). Then we get really old and we think, who cares, what’s it going to hurt now.
Bottom line is we do it anyway because it feels good, it looks good, it sounds good and, after all, it’s my life anyway.
- a minor prophet (minor as opposed to major b/c of population addressing and size of the book)
- Remnants of the Jonah story re-emerge - Jonah is the if…then… - goes to Nineveh, tells them to repent or get destroyed, so they repent
- 100 years later, Assyria is the world power, Nineveh is the capital – Judah is a vassal state
- Nineveh had heard the if..then, but yet they chose anyway to live in disobedience and rebellion to God
- What happens? Chapter 1:1-8, God tells Nineveh they’re going down, which they do (about 50 years after Nahum’s prophecy, Nineveh is destroyed, shortly after Assyria falls to Babylon)
Consequences are real. Not just an OT thing.
And still God…
Romans 5:8 - God proves His love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
It's time to stop running from God and instead run toward God.