Reading through the Bible together
Nahum re-affirms that God is the greatest “super-power” who maintains control of world events and governments. When the “nations rage and the people plot a vain thing, when the kings of the earth set themselves and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord… He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision” (Psalm 2:1-4).
Though Assyrian might controlled much of the Biblical world in the seventh century B.C., their cruel abuses and rejection of prophetic warnings fast-filled their cup of iniquity and brought judgment. The blessings of leadership come with responsibilities to use authority and power to insure basic human rights for the good of all.
The unknown prophet, Nahum, reminds the Assyrians that God keeps account of the nations. If the opportunities for serving mankind are squandered, then beware. Divine anger is slow, but Infinite judgments will surely prevail.
Ultimately, God will not only deliver His people from oppression, but will put an end to evil forever; it shall never rise again. Even when enduring injustice and persecution, God’s people can put their trust in His goodness, because it is “a strong hold in the day of trouble” (Nahum 1:7).
Chaplain (Colonel) U.S. Army Retired
Gen. Conf. Chaplaincy Ministries Dept.