Nahum’s prophecy continues as an encouragement to you and me today. God will expunge evil around us and within us—either by the cleansing of repentance, or the cleansing of judgement.
Minor Prophets: Nahum, Nineveh’s Annihilation
Nahum reassured the people of his day that as hopeless as it looked, one day God would deal with Nineveh.
Minor Prophets: Nahum, Comfort to Judah
Nahum and Jonah are best read side-by-side, for they offer the two sides of the same coin of God's justice and mercy, wrath and compassion, found in the passage of scripture they both refer to in Exodus 34:6-7
Minor Prophets: The Book of Nahum
To Nahum, God likened the Assyrians to cruel lions, strangling and dragging their prey into their bloody city. Now the righteous lion, the lion of Judah, would put right all the wrong that Assyria had committed.
Minor Prophets: Jonah 4, A Scholarly Approach
Through the dark of night, unseen and unheard, as Jonah slept peacefully, the balance shifted, and the plant began to die. By morning, there was nothing left but the shriveled remains of what once was.
Minor Prophets: Jonah, Megaphone of Pain
I have been in the desert when the temperature is 115 degrees and climbing, with a fierce hot wind. It takes about half an hour for these convection oven-like conditions to literally bake the skin and lungs so that a person can hardly breathe, eyes ache and a person can get dangerously dizzy and dehydrated.
Minor Prophets: Jonah is Disappointed
Without being mindful, it is easy to think about spiritual things through the lens of our culture’s mindset and worldview. In Jonah’s day, it was culturally and societally supported to hate certain people groups, such as the Assyrians, and to assume God hated them too.
Minor Prophets: Jonah, נָחַם nâcham
When the Hebrew language speaks of God “repenting,” the word most often is “nacham,” referring to inner suffering that needs to be consoled.
Minor Prophets: Jonah or Dagon?
During Jonah's time, the people of Nineveh believed in a divinity who sent messages to them by a person who rose out of the sea, as part fish and part man.
Minor Prophets: Jonah in the Storm
The truth is, it seemed Jonah would rather have died than turn back and sail for Joppa to begin his journey to Nineveh. But, God was not asking Jonah to give his life to the sea in death. God was asking him to give his compassion to the enemies of his people.