SEP 16

Nahum 1:1-15
Memorise Nahum 1:7
"The Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies"

The prophecy of Nahum came more than a hundred years after Jonah had preached to the city of Nineveh and the people repented and turned to the Lord, and they were spared from sure destruction. However, now, many years later, they had again descended into their wickedness and immorality, and again God sent His message of rebuke and judgment upon them.

The message of Nahum is clear and very straightforward. It has very direct prophetic announcements of judgment against Assyria and her capital Nineveh for its cruel and wicked atrocities and idolatrous ways. God was telling them that He will bring down His vengeance and wrath upon them, and nothing would be able to stand before Him. He was not being unreasonable or cruel in His judgments, for Assyria thoroughly deserved what they would receive. Their sins are clearly highlighted in Nahum 3, for they were a “bloody city! Full of lies and robbery”. They were engaged in all manner of sin, of prostitution, witchcrafts. Because of that, their city will certainly be destroyed, as is described in Nahum 2. All this will happen, because God is a just and righteous God. He “will not at all acquit the wicked” (Nahum 1:3).

Historically we know that God’s prophecy for them certainly came true. Less than 50 years after Nahum’s prophecy was given, the Assyrian Empire was overtaken by the combined armies of the Medes and the Babylonians. Despite being a great and mighty city, Nineveh was overrun in 612 BC, an event that was well documented in archaeological finds, but very soon became forgotten in the annuals of history.

Indeed, it is a fearsome thing to incur the wrath of God, and to be listed as His enemy. Because God is perfect and holy, He cannot tolerate sin. There will come a day where all the unbelievers of the world will be judged by God. There will be no excuse; no one will be spared, for before the thrice holy God we are but wretched sinners. It is only through the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ that we can be spared, and have the hope of salvation!

Thought: Wickedness can never be tolerated.
Prayer: Lord I tahnk You for Your mercy and grace in giving us the Lord Jesus Christ, and helping us to have faith in the Gospel.