Class Notes: 10/28/2020
Jonah, Nineveh, and Nemesis part 14
Exodus 20:2-5; "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
3 "You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol (covid), or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
5 "You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,
Gal 5:1; NET For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery.
Psalm 119:45;I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts.
John 8:31-32; NET Then Jesus said to those Judeans who had believed him, "If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples
32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Gal 5:13 NET For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity to indulge your flesh, but through love serve one another.
1Peter 2:16; Live as free people, not using your freedom as a pretext for evil (destroying liberty), but as God's slaves.
Jer 17:5; Thus says the Lord, "Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from the Lord.
Psalm 91:1-9; (NET) 1 As for you, the one who lives in the shelter of the sovereign One, and resides in the protective shadow of the mighty king -
2 I say this about the Lord, my shelter and my stronghold, my God in whom I trust
3 he will certainly rescue you from the snare of the hunter and from the destructive plague.
4 He will shelter you with his wings; you will find safety under his wings. His faithfulness is like a shield or a protective wall.
5 You need not fear the terrors of the night, the arrow that flies by day,
6 the plague that comes in the darkness, or the disease that comes at noon.
7 Though a thousand may fall beside you, and a multitude on your right side, it will not reach you.
8 Certainly you will see it with your very own eyes - you will see the wicked paid back.
9 For you have taken refuge in the Lord, my shelter, the sovereign One.
Psa 119:165; KJV Those who love your Word of truth have peace of mind and nothing can offend them.
We are presently in a study of Jonah, Nineveh and Nemesis and now Israel Judah Assyria and Nemesis where we see God's policy of grace before judgment. God always provides the opportunity for repentance before he executes judgment.
Some principles we can derive from of our brief study of Jonah, Nineveh, Israel, Judah, Assyria and Nemesis is that anyone can repent, because God extends His mercy even to the merciless and help to the helpless but judgment is always waiting in the wings because ultimately the truth wins because God is truth and He cannot deny himself. 2Cor 13:8; John 17:17; 2Tim 2:13;
Last time we were noting Isa 36:20; Where Rabshakeh conflated the fecklessness of idols of the Canaanites and imputes it to the Lord God of Israel.
Rabshakeh's problem is that he does not have the doctrine required to properly analyze the function of God's will. God's omnipotence is employed to defend an ascendant client nation but it is often withheld when that same client nation is in decline.
The inventory of doctrinal truth in believers' thinking determines this ebb and flow. If Assyria was successful in subduing the Northern Kingdom it was because God's permissive will allowed it but God's withholding of His omnipotence was a disciplinary measure against Israel it was not an indication of His approval of Assyria.
The reason that the Northern Kingdom fell to Shalmaneser was not because of the power of the Assyrian army it was because of the weakness of the Bible Doctrine the Israelite's souls.
Rabshakeh falsely conflated the defeat of Israel with the weakness of Israel's God. Arrogant leftist often falsely conflate things. We have to be on guard against this.
In our study we have previously noted the spiritual decline and ultimate fall of the Northern Kingdom. The Nemesis of the fifth cycle of discipline was administered during the reign of Hoshea. 2Kings 17:1-6; NET
The ten northern tribes did not just disappear they just lost their identity because they lost their culture so they were mixed with the immigrants and assimilated with heathen people some of them becoming the people known as the Samaritans, who were later despised by the Jews because of their heathen religious practices.
Israel fell because of the people's sins. They mixed Baal worship, nature worship, and practiced the customs of the Canaanite peoples. Jeroboam I the first king of the Northern Kingdom erected the bull images in order to couple Judaism and Baalism and thereby integrated the Canaanite population into the Northern Kingdom of Israel.
Every subsequent Israelite king followed this policy until the end of the nation. The success of this policy varied, with Judaism and Baalism alternately becoming dominant.
Separate religions are never easy to integrate and Judaism never stopped condemning the religious situation in the northern kingdom, it was nevertheless infected by Baalism. Resulting in the syncretism that is described in the book of Hosea.
We see this same propaganda being promoted in America behind the rhetorical veil of multiculturalism where Judaism's Elohim, Christianity's God, and Islam's Allah are synchretized into the same deity that is worshipped by different religions in a different ways.
This kind of synchretized religion will ultimately be the "Babylon the Great the Mother of prostitutes" of the tribulation. Gen 11:8-9; Net note 23 Rev 17:1-6;
The lie of synchretism is that all of God's children are just trying to get to heaven the best way they know how. This is why the leftists are focusing their attacks on Christianity because it is the basis of the culture and the founding of the USA as a unique client nation under God with liberty and justice for all where the royalty is comprised of God's Royal Family, the church.
The Leftists are under the influence of their father the devil so they hate this and do everything that they can to disconnect the population from our founding documents and our founders. We see these assaults presently occurring in the blue cities and states in our country where the voters have voted for demonic leftist politicians.
When God's permissive will allows a predator nation to strike this country the disinformation will be that none of the "gods" were able to resist the assaulting predator nation. but the reality will be that the true God is permitting the assault on a reversionistic heathen population because of their rejection of and refusal to hold on to God's Word of truth.
The danger that we face as a client nation is that too many people who have believed in Jesus do not have enough accurate knowledge of His Word of truth to hold their ground against these assaults so the words of Hosea are extremely relevant to believers in client nation USA at this time.
Hosea 4:1-6; Listen (Shama) and obey the Word of the Lord, O children of Israel (Northern Kingdom ), for the Lord has an indictment against the citizens of the client nation, because there is no truth being taught, no grace being applied, and no knowledge of God in the land.
v2 Instead there is lying and deceiving, murder and stealing and committing rape. Therefore there is violence in the land as bloodshed follows bloodshed (mob violence increases as civic order erodes).
v3 For this cause (the breakdown of divine establishment) the land shall mourn, and everyone who lives in it has lost his integrity. The animals of the field and the birds of the sky; also the fish of the sea shall be taken away.
v4 Only let no one challenge the prophet to impugn his message; for those who do are like those who try to destroy the authority of the priesthood.
v5 Therefore you have stumbled by means of arrogance in the light of accurate instruction, and the false prophet will stumble with you in the night and I will destroy your government.
v6 My nation is destroyed because of lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowing doctrine, therefore I will reject you from being a client nation to Me. Since you have forgotten the Law of your God, I also will forget your children.
Before their fall, God directed Hosea to warn the Northern Kingdom and since they did not repent as we have noted Nemesis came in the form the 5th cycle of discipline.
Rabshakeh misinterpreted this as the inability of the God of Israel to defend and protect His people as though He was incapable of doing so. So he arrogantly misinterpreted the fall of the Northern Kingdom as a harbinger of the fall of the Southern Kingdom and concluded his speech with:
Isaiah 36:18-20; 'Do not let Hezekiah mislead you by saying, "Jehovah will deliver us." Has any one of the gods of the nations we have fought delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria?
v19 'Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim ? Have they rescued Samaria from my hand?
v20 'Who among all the gods of these countries have delivered their land from my hand, that Jehovah should deliver Jerusalem from my hands?'
The error in Rabshakeh's rationale is that he arrogantly assumes that the God of Israel is as much a myth as the idols that were worshipped by the heathen nations that the Assyrian army had conquered. But he was completely wrong. He did not realize that he was about to run up against the Real Thing.
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