Last week we studied Jonah, this morning it’s Nahum. Both books spoke of events about Nineveh – the capital city of the Assyrian Empire.
In Jonah, God relented from His judgment because Nineveh turned to the LORD for forgiveness. In Nahum, God reinforced His judgment against Nineveh because Assyria wanted to wage war against Judah (Southern Kingdom).
God had given the Northern Kingdom (Israel) over to the Assyrian Empire but not Judah. Though Judah also was not obedient to God because He had a purpose to destroy Judah after their rejection of Jesus Christ.
We may say that God’s judgment was put on hold not due to any merits from the people of Israel but because of God’s purpose – the coming of the Savior Jesus Christ.
Despite the wickedness of mankind, God still was extending His mercy upon whomever would believe in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.
Nahum 1:7 said: “The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.”
The Unchanging God, I should say. He is the same God that we worship today.
Israel failed due to their arrogance. Perhaps thinking they are the children of God. Despite John the Baptist’s declaration that the wrath of God was coming upon Israel and God is able from the stones to raise children for Abraham (Matthew 3:9), Israel remained adamant and rejected God’s Savior for humanity. In the same sense, Christians should always recognize that God’s salvation is all by the grace of God through faith in Christ Jesus – nothing more and nothing less. Religious traditions that are not from the Scripture have no value in the grace of God. Seek the grace of God, Christ Jesus and Him alone!
Study the Bible to know the Christ Jesus of the Scripture and nothing else.
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