[CF Devotionals] 2011-07-24 - Nahum

Chapter 2, Verse 1 ~ Nahum ~ Part 7

Last week, we saw that we can't separate God's righteousness and judgment from His love and mercy. His mercy on and love of Israel went hand-in-hand with His wrath and vengeance on Nineveh. Where once He used Nineveh to discipline Judah, now His hand of judgment was about to fall on Assyria.

One other point that should be made here is that between chapters 2 and 3, we find one of those arbitrary breaks that don't tie to the original writings, but were part of translators' decisions.

Verse 1: The statement here is ironic. The speaker is encouraging Nineveh to prepare for war. She must take actions which will allow the nation to survive. The statement is ironic, because God has condemned the nation to destruction. There is nothing that can be done to prevent its destruction. The suggested call to action is futile.

"In fulfillment of this prophecy, Nineveh was attacked in 614 B.C. by Cyaxares, king of the Medes ?. A sector of the suburbs was captured, but the city was not taken, the Medes diverting their energies to the overthrow of Ashur. However, a subsequent alliance of Cyaxares with the Babylonian Nabopolassar led to their concerted attack on Nineveh in 612, apparently accompanied by the Scythians ?. a battle recorded in detail by the Babylonian Chronicle" I like the NASB translation of the verse, because it identifies the specific suggested actions. "The one who scatters has come up against you. Man the fortress, watch the road; Strengthen your back, summon all your strength." 1

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

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