The God of Nahum
| The short book in
the Bible called Nahum was the record of the vision given to Nahum of the
Lord's judgment against the evils of Nineveh. Jonah had preached against
that city. But Nahum goes extensively into the justification for the
punishment of that bloody city. The are several harsh and explicit
statements of condemnation found in Nahum's preaching.
But the point we wish to call to our mind is that the God of Nahum is the God we worship and serve. While we live under the new covenant of Christ and Nahum lived under the old, we serve the same God. His nature is the same both then and now.
Notice just one phrase. "The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked" (1:3a). While God finds no joy in punishing and tolerates much while seeking man's reform, we are mistaken to think sin will be overlooked as if we will not reap its wages.