Daily Devotional: Wednesday 20th May

by William Moody

Nahum 1:8–15

    But with an overflowing flood
  he will make a complete end of the adversaries,1
    and will pursue his enemies into darkness.
  What do you plot against the LORD?
    He will make a complete end;
    trouble will not rise up a second time.
10   For they are like entangled thorns,
    like drunkards as they drink;
    they are consumed like stubble fully dried.
11   From you came one
    who plotted evil against the LORD,
    a worthless counselor.
12   Thus says the LORD,
  “Though they are at full strength and many,
    they will be cut down and pass away.
  Though I have afflicted you,
    I will afflict you no more.
13   And now I will break his yoke from off you
    and will burst your bonds apart.”
14   The LORD has given commandment about you:
    “No more shall your name be perpetuated;
  from the house of your gods I will cut off
    the carved image and the metal image.
  I will make your grave, for you are vile.”
15   2 Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him
    who brings good news,
    who publishes peace!
  Keep your feasts, O Judah;
    fulfill your vows,
  for never again shall the worthless pass through you;
    he is utterly cut off.

Footnotes

[1] 1:8 Hebrew of her place
[2] 1:15 Ch 2:1 in Hebrew

(ESV)

Nahum spoken about God (v2-7), Nahum now turns his focus on His enemies the people of Nineveh (v8-15).

The Ninevites, like all of God enemies who do not repent, will face destruction (v8). They will be pursued into darkness, which speaks of absolute hopelessness and despair.

The people of Nineveh in their plotting against God will experience failure (v9 & 11). No one can take on God and win; it is the blindness from sin and the devil that causes people not to see this.

The Ninevites suffered from entanglement (v10) because of their sin. It trapped them like thorns, or like an addicted drunkard, or a fire that got out of control. Sin cannot be controlled, it will control us.

No lasting legacy will be passed down to the next generations (v14). Their name or reputation will be cut off like the idols they worshipped.

God’s people will be delivered from their enemies. They will afflict God’s people no more (v12), their yoke will be broken (v13), and this will bring great rejoicing to God’s people (v15).

Those who oppress God’s people in the end are to be pitied, for they are enslaved by sin and this will only bring great misery.

Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®),
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