2011-07-03 - God's Judgment on His Enemies
Nahum ~ Part 4
Verses 7-11: It is important to notice the relationship between God's mercy and judgment. Verse 7 is especially important in noting this. God's very acts of judgment are reassurances to those who are His own.
"Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness" (Romans 11:22).
For the Hebrews, the fact God would judge their enemies was in and of itself a basis for reassurance. In fact, God's judgment is a testimony of His goodness on behalf of His children. What often brings it on is the unrighteous'conspiracy against Him, either directly or indirectly, by attacking His people. And who was the one conspiring against God?
"Sennacherib, perhaps more than any of his dynasty, stands out as the most powerful aggressor to emerge from Nineveh against Judah. According to the Assyrian annals describing his Judean campaign (c. 701), he cruelly devastated forty-seven fortified cities including Lachish, whose siege is graphically recorded in a series of reliefs discovered in his palace at Nineveh . That Nahum was referring primarily to Sennacherib's invasion is supported by his repeated reminiscences of Isaiah's prophecies relating to that era ; in particular, the verb "plots" recalls its description of Assyrian arrogance in Isaiah 10:7 " 6
"But this is not what he intends;, this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy, to put an end to many nations." (Isaiah 10:7)
As a result, God uses the actions of His enemies to trip them up and bring about their own downfall. And their downfall will be final. They will never again come up against God and those who belong to Him.
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