-About 650 years before the birth of Christ and around 135 years after Jonah preached to the city of Ninevah, which is in Assyria, Nahum the prophet gives the Word of God concerning the LORD’s wrath on the evil nation of Assyria. Ninevah would fall in 612 B.C. and Assyria would be completely conquered by 609 B.C. then losing a final battle at Carchemish along with the Egyptians in 605 B.C. to the fierce Babylonian empire.
-Nahum points out by reiteration from other Old Testament themes God’s avenging, wrathful, and jealous nature towards those who reject Him and are His enemies. The prophet reminds us that the LORD is slow to anger and great in power, but will by no means leave the guilty unpunished (Exodus 34:6-7, Numbers 14:18). Nahum reminds that nothing will stand in His way when He decides to bring His indignation and fire. *Application* It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31). His enduring love and patience only lasts to a certain point. If we are obstinate and reject His kindness He is just and has every right to clean up the mess that sin has made against His authority. Come before the LORD with repentance and Godly sorrow for the mistakes you’ve made rather than having an arrogant, idolatrous spirit like Assyria had. God gives grace to the humble, but is opposed to the proud and will eventually oppress and destroy them (Proverbs 3:34, James 4:6).
-“The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him (Nahum 1:7).” (rock out with Kutless, Strong Tower http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOxeyj7itJE) *Application* Isn’t it good to know we have a refuge and stronghold in the day of trouble through our God? He knows us who are His children and will protect us in His strength. He is a fortress that is true and holy. Seek Him and live!
-Nothing devised against the LORD will prosper forever. God will make a complete end of it and distress will not rise up twice (Nahum 1:9). The LORD will consume those who go against Him and they will be cut off (Nahum 1:10-12).
-Then in the latter part of verse 12 Nahum turns his focus back to Judah and gives an encouraging word from God for freedom and renewal in holiness (Nahum 1:12b-15). Peace will be announced through the mountains and a reign of righteousness will one day be a reality. *Application* This is a futuristic prophecy in a sense, but it is interesting that after the destruction of Ninevah, it was completely lost to antiquity until some identifiable ruins were discovered in 1845. When God says something through His prophets, He is faithful to carry it out.
Verses to Memorize: Nahum 1:7, 15