[CF Devotionals] 2011-07-10 - Nahum

Nahum ~ Part 5

Verses 12-15: God promises transition. Where once He was judging the Jew, and using Assyria to do so, now His hand will be lifted from them and will fall on Nineveh.

"Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger, in whose hand is the club of my wrath!" (Isaiah 10:5).

So God sentences Assyria for her sin, her idolatry, and her violence. And just as she was once used to plague Judah, now God will use other nations to bring destruction upon her.

"God used the Babylonians, the Medes and the Scythians to dig Nineveh's grave in 612 B.C. For the fulfillment of this prophecy see Eze 32:22-23." 7
"Assyria is there with her whole army; she is surrounded by the graves of all her slain, all who have fallen by the sword. Their graves are in the depths of the pit and her army lies around her grave. All who had spread terror in the land of the living are slain, fallen by the sword" (Ezekiel 32:22-23).

Good news comes to Judah. Their enemy will be destroyed. The people will be able to rejoice, and to celebrate the feasts God promises.

What is the true benefit of God's protection? It is the rejoicing which comes with obedience to God and serving Him.

  1. Armerding, Carl E., The Expositor's Bible Commentary, "Nahum," Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1990.

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