Tag: city of blood
Scripture reading for September 23rd: Nahum 1-3
Nahum was a prophet sent to declare God’s judgment on Nineveh. Jonah had come about a hundred years earlier to give a message of judgment to this wicked city and to his surprise and dismay, all the city repented! God was delighted to give this city more time to get their lives in order and spare the cattle. (Jonah 4:11) But as often happens, emotional repentance may work for a short time but sin’s grip takes hold and drags individuals and nations back into rebellion and wickedness. Nineveh again had crossed the line and God had decreed destruction to those who failed to heed His earlier warning.
Nahum, like Micah, saw a vision of God coming in the awesome power of nature. He saw God coming in a whirlwind and storm, with clouds as the dust of His feet. He could almost feel the earth shake and tremble at His presence and see the hills melt. People also trembled with fear as God’s wrath was poured out like fire and rocks split open at His coming! (Nahum 1:3-6) (Micah 1:3-4) Nahum declared that this coming would bring destruction upon Nineveh and all who oppose Him.
“From you, O Nineveh, has one come forth who plots evil against the Lord and counsels wickedness.” (Nahum 1:11) There seemed to be one evil ruler who God cited as being behind this wickedness. God promised to prepare his grave for him, because he was so vile! (Nahum 1:13)
“Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace! Celebrate your festivals, O Judah, and fulfill your vows. No more will the wicked invade you; they will be completely destroyed.” Nahum 1:15 This God who would come walking on the high places would bring good news to God’s people! Their enemy had been completely destroyed! No more would he torment them! God’s people could celebrate and fulfill their vows in joy!
This is truly good news for God’s people of all times! Through Jesus Christ, Satan has been defeated at the cross! The feet bringing “good news” were that of our Savior! (Isaiah 52:7) They were pierced with nails that we might be free to walk with God! Our enemy, Satan has been totally defeated! His end is sure–the Lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels! (Revelation 20:10) True peace with God is ours forever!