This is what God gave me today in His word:
And all for the countless whorings of the prostitute, graceful and of deadly charms, who betrays nations with her whorings, and peoples with her charms. Behold, I am against you, declares the LORD of hosts, (Nahum 3:4-5a)
Behold, your troops are women in your midst. The gates of your land are wide open to your enemies; fire has devoured your bars. Draw water for the siege; strengthen your forts; go into the clay; tread the mortar; take hold of the brick mold! There will the fire devour you; the sword will cut you off. It will devour you like the locust. Multiply yourselves like the locust; multiply like the grasshopper! (Nahum 3:13-15)
Here we can see first why it is God is angry with Nineveh, then how and where their punishment will take place; their problem was that they were falling to sexual sin, their punishment would be death… Now, the lesson we can learn from this is fairly obvious. We should prevent ourselves from having any access to something which would allow us to sin in that way. Neither should we deal with prostitutes (not to mention that doing so is against the law), etc.. However, this can also apply for other sins:
We may not all have fallen to sexual sin (though the Bible does say lust is the same as the act of sexual sin, see: Matthew 5:28). However, we likely all have fallen to the sin of murder; by getting angry at someone, which again, the Bible equates with murder. Or any number of things; the possibilities are literally limitless, as the moment someone seems to find all the ways to possibly sin, there’s another sin invented… Meaning, simply put, this: you, me, the man across the street, we all deserve to burn. Not very optimistic, I know, but it’s the truth. None of us deserve to live; life has been given to us (along with everything else that we “own”). Yet there is one massive difference between Nineveh and us: we get a savior.
Technically speaking, Nineveh got a “savior” of sorts too, Jonah. But after their initial repentance, they turned back, and were duly punished. But, the important thing is that our savior, Jesus Christ, both helps and prevents us from going back. Even though we may look like we have gone back for some time.
Now, in closing, I’d like to quickly touch on where it is Nineveh was going to be punished: when they were outside, strengthening their forts, applying mortar, etc.. Or, to put in another way: once they disobeyed God, they began trying to protect themselves. They started trusting in their forts, rather than in the fort; God. Once someone refuses the free offer of Salvation Jesus offers, they try to strengthen their own forts; try to save themselves. Something we’ve discussed numerous times, (just look two posts back) and which is very wrong; it tries to put God down while building ourselves up.
The point being this: we’ve all committed sin, and so we all are deserving of death. Yet Christ saved us, by dying for us… So now, lets cut off all access that we have to sin! It is for freedom Christ has set us free! Rather than fall to temptation (like Nineveh fell to sexual sin), we should cut off avenues where we may have opportunity to sin.
You are Loved!