This text is a part of the Why Research the Ebook? sequence.
About God, Ourselves, and Life
Although many people could also be conversant in the overall storyline of Jonah, or at the very least conversant in the surviving-being-swallowed-by-a-whale factor from Disney’s Pinocchio, a lot fewer of us are conversant in Micah and Nahum. Maybe we’ve learn them in a read-through-the-Bible plan or heard some reference to the “Jesus will be born in Bethlehem” prophecy, however past these cursory glances, why hassle with these three books? What goal do they serve within the lifetime of a follower of Jesus?
Like all of Scripture, every e-book of the Bible has been given by God to assist us discover ways to dwell and love like Jesus. Every e-book of the Bible has one thing distinctive to show us about God, about ourselves, and concerning the that means of life.
Within the books of Jonah, Micah, and Nahum, we study extra about our God. We see him as Creator and ruler of the created world. For instance, in Jonah he “hurls” an amazing wind upon the ocean (Jonah 1:4); he “appoints” a fish to swallow Jonah (Jonah 1:17) and later “speaks” to the identical fish (Jonah 2:10); he additionally “appoints” a plant, and a worm, and a scorching east wind (Jonah 4:6, 7, 8). In Micah, we see creation itself cower earlier than the Sovereign Ruler of the universe (Micah 1:2–4), and Nahum begins with an awe-inspiring depiction of God’s would possibly and energy within the midst of his creation (Nahum 1:2–5).
This energy of God reveals him as a warrior, a God who defeats his enemies and rescues his individuals. He stands as a stronghold and refuge by which his individuals discover shelter and security (Nahum 1:7). His wrath is a hearth, and he wields his sword to chop down his enemies (Nahum 2:13); no military can stand towards him. He protects the weak and heals them (Micah 4:6-7). And his energy extends even over loss of life itself (Jonah 2:1–9).
Extremely, God directs his energy to convey peace to his individuals. Micah tells us of the approaching Shepherd-King who will collect God’s individuals collectively; he’ll rule and lead them (Micah 2:12-13). By way of this Shepherd-King, God will convey his individuals true, lasting peace. This peace shall be so everlasting, that we’ll not want the weapons of warfare: swords and spears shall be become plows and pruning hooks; weapons and tanks shall be transformed into combines and mowers (Micah 4:1–5). On that day, God and his individuals will dwell in good relationship with God himself as our peace (Micah 5:5).
However these three books don’t simply train us about God, in addition they present us ourselves and the state of humanity. Tribalism and ethnocentrism result in contempt of others made in God’s personal picture. Greed, delight, and jealousy end in oppression and theft. Even non secular leaders fall sufferer to the love of cash and deform the phrase of God as a way to revenue from it.
Graphically, Nahum depicts the sin of Nineveh as a prostitute uncovered in her nakedness and coated with filth. The nations look on and taunt her. Is our sin towards God actually so heinous? When our deeds are revealed on the finish of time and even the hidden functions of our hearts are uncovered (1 Cor. 4:5), is that this actually how God sees sin?
Solely once we grasp the total weight and hideousness of our sin will we be capable of see the glory and incredulity of our salvation. Solely once we see how evil and distorted our hearts actually are can we start to see the unimaginable love of God for us that rescued us from such darkness. Solely once we really feel the true weight of our hopeless property can we start to like God with all that we’re and all that now we have.
Solely once we grasp the total weight and hideousness of our sin will we be capable of see the glory and incredulity of our salvation.
The That means of Life
Then, when now we have seen ourselves as we actually are exterior of the saving work of Jesus Christ, and when now we have been rescued by the Shepherd-King who gathers us to himself and guidelines over us in good peace, solely then will we uncover why we’re right here. We start to see God’s plan to repair this world and make it proper once more, to heal the earth by the excellent news of Jesus Christ. We start to see God’s personal want to assemble the nations to himself, to assemble collectively a single, unified individuals from each tongue, tribe, nation, and language. We start to see God’s coronary heart for the outsider, for the downtrodden, for the weak and oppressed.
After we see the hopeless state from which now we have been rescued by the unimaginable love of God to us by Jesus Christ, we then start to see others as he sees them. We start to like as now we have been beloved. We start to dwell and love like Jesus.
Kristofer D. Holroyd is the writer of Jonah, Micah, and Nahum: A 12-Week Research.