Who Can Endure His Burning Anger?

The title of this post comes from part of verse 6 in Nahum 1.

Nahum 1

1 The oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

God’s Vengeance

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2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
the Lord takes vengeance and is fierce in wrath.
The Lord takes vengeance against His foes;
He is furious with His enemies.

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3 The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;
the Lord will never leave the guilty unpunished.
His path is in the whirlwind and storm,
and clouds are the dust beneath His feet.

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4 He rebukes the sea so that it dries up,
and He makes all the rivers run dry.
Bashan and Carmel wither;
even the flower of Lebanon withers.

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5 The mountains quake before Him,
and the hills melt; the earth trembles at His presence—
the world and all who live in it.

6 Who can withstand His indignation?
Who can endure His burning anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire,
even rocks are shattered before Him.
Destruction of Nineveh

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7 The Lord is good, a stronghold in a day of distress;
He cares for those who take refuge in Him.

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8 But He will completely destroy Nineveh
with an overwhelming flood,
and He will chase His enemies into darkness.

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9 Whatever you plot against the Lord,
He will bring it to complete destruction;
oppression will not rise up a second time.

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10 For they will be consumed like entangled thorns,
like the drink of a drunkard and like straw that is fully dry.

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11 One has gone out from you,  who plots evil against Yahweh,
and is a wicked counselor.
Promise of Judah’s Deliverance

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12 This is what the Lord says: Though they are strong and numerous,
they will still be mowed down,
and he will pass away. Though I have afflicted you,
I will afflict you no longer.

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13 For I will now break off his yoke from you
and tear off your shackles.
The Assyrian King’s Demise
14 The Lord has issued an order concerning you: 

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There will be no offspring to carry on your name.  
I will eliminate the carved idol and cast image
from the house of your gods; I will prepare your grave,
for you are contemptible.

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15 Look to the mountains— the feet of one bringing good news
and proclaiming peace! Celebrate your festivals, Judah;
fulfill your vows.  For the wicked one will never again
march through you; he will be entirely wiped out.


“Michael W Smith – A New Hallelujah With South African Children’s Choir”

 

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16 thoughts on “Who Can Endure His Burning Anger?

  1. Daily Devotional — 1/25/17

    HOSPITALITY TO ANGELS
    Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2

    As we see in Hebrews chapter twelve, once we “keep our eyes fixed on Jesus,” we will be aware of how we should then live. The writer now turns to the issue of entertaining strangers. After reminding us to keep on loving each other, he now shares that love should also be extended to the strangers in our midst. They could possibly even be angels. I’m sure the Jewish background believers hearing or reading this letter would immediately hearken back to Father Abraham when three strangers passed by one day. He extended full hospitality to them only to discover they were heavenly beings on a special mission.

    Aunty Alice was the wife of Pastor Allen Yuan in China, known for her gracious hospitality to everyone who entered her door right until her death in the summer of 2010. Pastor Allen was imprisoned for twenty-one years and eight months for refusing to join the government controlled Three Self Patriotic Movement—the official Protestant church under the communist regime.

    Alice had five children and her mother-in-law to care for during those many years of her husband’s absence. She was also branded a “counter-revolutionary” and thus could also secure a hard-labor job moving construction rubble from one site to another by heavy push wagons. This still did not generate enough resources to provide for the all the family’s needs.

    One night her mother-in-law informed her, “Alice, there is no rice left to feed the children tomorrow morning!” Alice was angry and complained to the Lord that He had promised to care for her. She opened her Bible and her eyes fell on the Matthew scripture when Jesus says that if God cares for the birds, will He not also care for you? Her heart was rebuked. She asked forgiveness from the Lord and went to sleep peacefully.

    The next morning before six o’clock there was a knock on the door. Alice slipped on her house coat and shuffled to the door. There stood a stranger with a big box in her hands. As was her custom, Alice invited her in. She stoked up the fire in the central heating oven and put the kettle on for tea. But the stranger just walked to the table, set down the box and began to leave.

    Alice said, “Wait a minute. What’s your name?” The lady replied, “I have no name. Just thank God for that box!” And the stranger disappeared.

    With trembling hands Alice opened the box to find rice, meat and vegetables. Also in it was an envelope with more money than two month’s salary. She knew it was truly an angelic visit.

    RESPONSE: Today I will be open to entertaining strangers realizing that God may be in the relationship.

    PRAYER: Thank You Lord for the way You work. Help me be an active participant in Your plans.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  2. Thats an amazing story. Our western minds have to work to get a grasp of that one as we usually dont know what being in want is about. But we better learn because soon we might be!

    All medias are now Even here telling how the economy is growing but IT will last a Year at most is My estimate.
    Some people have attacked Watchman’s cry page because of critisizing Trump and IT seems the delusion is spreading wildly now. Trump is pulling the right strings but is he pulling just for show because the insiders know its too late to change the course of the ship.

    He is maintaining peace&safety til the fat lady sings as you americans say.

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      1. As i prayed here before work i was minded of your bucket&cup vision the other day sonshine. And also Jesus wine&bottle metaphor!

        Obama has been filling his poisonous wine to the world for 2 periods now! Trump starts to empty it to fill new wine. What did Jesus say of new wine in old bottles? They shatter!

        Trumps moves are so radically opposed to Obamas that either it will cause too much strain and break the system or he is building the economic Babylon of the endtimes!

        The bible says the endtimes babylon boasts she cannot be moved! Are we not seeing this now? Your vision sonshine had two buckets with cups and they could not move because of filth and being filled to the brim.

        Money and gathered filth of worldly source are those hindrances! Trump brings money Obama the filth!

        Strong words but appropriate i think.

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    1. I think you’re right-on there Stig-Ove. Trump is putting on a show but that’s all it is. Wherever he can he caters to the elite, like appointing a Goldman Sachs lackey for Treasury Secretary and keeping Comey as head of the FBI, who covered for the Clintons’ crimes and refused to enforce the plain meaning of the law.

      Deception, deception, deception.

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    1. Copied from the article above and is so spot on!
      : Even if Trump is not THE ANTICHRIST, according to the Bible, he may be one of many antichrists: “Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.” (1 John 2:18)

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  3. Very interesting video about “Lazy Christians” (aka “Professing Christian”). We all need to ask the Lord for direction, as we can easily be side-tracked by a “Professing Christian” who refuses to truly turn their lives over to the Lord.

    We all know that we need our own individual walk, we need to be kind and help others and we also need to be careful that someone doesn’t pull us away from our faith by latching onto us as if we were their direct link to God. Only Jesus himself can intercede on our behalf, but we must have faith in him.

    We must carry each others burdens, but not let those burdens weigh us down to the point where they are distracting us from what the Lord is asking from each of us.

    Again the emphasis here is to ask for more Clarity, Discernment and Wisdom.

    Here’s what scripture tells us about Fruit of the Spirit.

    Galatians 5:16-26

    The Spirit versus the Flesh
    16 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

    19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I tell you about these things in advance—as I told you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. 26 We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

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  4. Daily Devotional — 1/26/17

    Storms of Life
    Matthew 8:23–27

    Recommended Reading: Psalm 27:1–14; Isaiah 41:10–11; Matthew 6:31–34; 14:30–31

    Billy Tyne, a down-on-his-luck captain of a sword-fishing boat, set out with his crew in October, 1991, for one last try at a big catch. However, when a unique confluence of weather conditions combined in the North Atlantic to form what meteorologists later called “The Perfect Storm,” Tyne and the rest of the crew of the Andrea Gail perished.

    According to locals, weather over the Sea of Galilee in Israel can be equally unpredictable. A squall can rise up at a moment’s notice, hitting with such a fury that fishermen in the area must be quick on their feet and ready for anything. At least four of Jesus’ disciples—Peter, Andrew, James and John—made their living as fishermen. Certainly they knew of Galilee’s infamous storms. Yet as Jesus slept in the ship’s bow, even these seasoned sailors panicked when the storm rose. After waking Jesus from his slumber, they pleaded, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:25). Imagine a storm so intense that even hardened fishermen cowered in fear.

    Jesus responded with a rebuke: “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” (Matthew 8:26). As the disciples faced the greatest storm Galilee had ever thrown at them, Jesus expected them to trust him first. And then he calmed the storm.

    Life often seems to rise up against us when we least expect it. A dark spot shows up on an X-ray. A pink slip lands on our desk at work. A quarterly report reveals a serious downturn in revenues. Suddenly our deepest fears rise to the surface. So we look to the sky and plead, “Lord, save us!”

    And Jesus responds, “Don’t be afraid. Trust me first.”

    The next time the turbulence of life’s trials blows into your life, remember what Jesus asks. Trust him first, no matter how overwhelming the storm appears.

    To Take Away
    What storms in life do you find most difficult to face?
    Why do most of us struggle with trusting God first?
    When you’ve trusted God during difficult times, what has resulted? How can those experiences help you place your trust in him during the next trial you face?

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