Today’s Reading: Nahum 1 – Habakkuk 3
Today’s Reflection: Nahum 1:1
An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.
If the name Nineveh looks familiar it’s with good reason. About 100 years before the prophet Nahum had his vision concerning the Assyrian city, Jonah was called to deliver a prophesy of destruction. Then Nineveh was spared, but that would not be the outcome this time. When Babylon conquered Assyria, the city of Nineveh was completely destroyed.
The people of Nineveh had listened years ago when they heard the words of Jonah. They had repented and worn sackcloth and ashes. But this time the words of Nahum fell on deaf ears. Maybe the people knew the history of Jonah’s prophesy and figured if the city hadn’t been destroyed before it wouldn’t be destroyed now. Maybe the people of Nineveh had grown even more wicked then they had ever been before and just openly defied God’s Word. Either way they chose not to listen and were severely punished for it. The fact that they had been spared before didn’t save them this time.
What’s important here is to recognize that God is unchanging. He is merciful and willing to forgive and restore those who turn to Him (Ezekiel 39:25). He is patient and forbearing, giving people the chance to repent (Romans 2:4). But He is also a God of justice, and when He decides it is time for judgment, judgment will come (Hebrews 9:27).
Galatians 6:7-8 – 7) Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8) For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.