-This chapter predicts the events of 612 B.C. when the Babylonians and the Medes sacked the seemingly impregnable Nineveh. This was the LORD’s judgment on the proud, oppressive, idolatrous nation that had repented in the time of Jonah, but had gone back to its wicked and evil ways. *Application* After a spiritual clean up the absolutely worst thing to do is revert back to your previous sins and depravity. There will always be a temptation to go back into your wicked ways after God has come in to purify and deliver you (Matthew 12:43-45). To succumb to the enemy at these times will mean a far worse situation than you originally had as your conscience is seared and evil prevails in your mortal members (Romans 1:21-32). Resist the devil at these junctures, stand firm and he will flee from you (Ephesians 6:11-18, James 4:7). Recognize that you have the Spirit of God within you to conquer the enemy (Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5). Rely on His power to overcome temptation and live a holy life, pleasing unto your Savior (Ephesians 3:20).
-The scene the prophet paints with his words from God are powerful as a fixed order (Nahum 2:7). Assyria is stripped and carried away with moaning (Nahum 2:7), she is plundered and emptied with desolation and waste, and she is in extreme anguish in the whole body (Nahum 2:9-10). The LORD is against her, and He will burn up her military might, cut off her prey (the Assyrians relied on plunder from war for their sustenance and wealth), and silence her messengers (Nahum 2:13). *Application* We see clearly the justice of God in this situation. It should remind us to realize that nothing escapes His attention. Resolve today to live with a pure and humble heart before Him always and do what is pleasing in His sight for blessing and honor rather than wrath and destruction.
Verse to Memorize: Nahum 2:2