About Jesus Steve Sweetman
In Genesis 15, Abraham
Genesis 15:16 reads.
"… your descendents will come back here, (Canaan) for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full
measure". God would not
judge the Amorites in Abraham's day because their national sins had not
reached its full limit. They
had more sins to commit, or, as I put it, their sins hadn't reached the
"tipping point". When
it comes to national sins, there is a tipping point, when the weight of
sin is no longer tolerated by God. Beyond
that point there is no return, no escape from God's judgment.
Many Christians are
confused over how they should understand the Old Testament and passages
like Genesis 15:16. We often
favour the New Testament over the Old Testament, giving us an unbalanced
and unbiblical view of God and His ways of doing things. For
this reason, many Christians are clueless when it comes to God judging
Concerning the Amorites,
Amos 2:9 says, "I destroyed the Amorite
… though he was tall as the cedars and strong as the oaks.
I destroyed its fruit above and its roots below".
God's comparison of the Amorites to the destruction of a tall
tree shows us how devastating His judgment was on them.
Amos turns his attention
from the Amorites' sins to Israel's sins when he asks, "does a lion roar … when he has no
prey"? (Amos 2:4)
The answer is "no". A
lion roars when he is hungry, when he is about to pounce on his prey.
Amos then says, "the lion has roared
… the Sovereign Lord has spoken". (Amos 3:8 )
The lion Amos is referring to is God, and God was roaring because
of the sins of Israel, which included their participation in the pagan culture
that surrounded them.
God hasn't changed since
Amos' days. There is still a
tipping point when it comes to the sin of a nation.
Prior to this tipping point, the prophets of God hear God's roar
and thus warn of pending judgment unless that nation repents as Amos 3:7
states. If no repentance is
found, and when the tipping point of sin occurs, that's it.
Judgment will come, and you can do nothing about it.
I suggest that the
Sovereign Lord is beginning to roar because of our national sins today.
Eventually all the nations of the world will be judged as seen in
the book of Revelation, but until then, God judges individual nations,
causing them to fall from prominence.
In many respects I like
the United States. I lived there
for a few years in the 1970's and 1980's. My oldest son was born
in America, and I have many good American
friends. These friends often
tell me that America
has led the way in evangelizing the world with the gospel of Jesus. They
also tell me that
If you listen closely,
you may hear a roar from heaven. I
believe the prophets have already begun to warn us of
the judgment to come. If
There is a distinct
difference between the tipping point of a nation's sins and the tipping
point of humanity's sins.
John the Baptist heard the roar from heaven.
He knew the tipping point for humanity's sin was near.
He was called by God to preach repentance and warn those of his
day of God's judgment. The
tipping point of your sin and my sin occurred when the Roman soldiers
arrested Jesus. That was it.
From that point on, there was no escaping God's severe judgment
on humanity. Judgment would
come, and it did. Thanks to
Jesus, the wrath of God's judgment was borne by Him, and not by us who
Jesus died for each and
every single individual human being in human history.
He did not die for sinful nations.
Therefore, God still judges nations, and when the sins of a
nation reaches the tipping point, there's no way back.
Judgment is irrevocable and inevitable.
Let this be just one more warning among many.
For those who have trusted their lives with Jesus, we will suffer
when our nations fall in judgment, but we will trust Jesus through it all.
To end on a more pleasant
note, when all things are made new, on a recreated earth, and after
God's judgment is complete, there will still be nations.
These nations will serve the Lord Jesus Christ throughout