Week 43 Day 1
Sunday (Nahum 1 -3)
Nahum prophesied to Ninevah about a century after Jonah’s visit. They had drifted back into their pre-Jonah evil ways.
“From you, O Nineveh, one has marched forth who plots evil against the Lord, a wicked military strategist. ”
“Woe to the city guilty of bloodshed! She is full of lies; she is filled with plunder; she has hoarded her spoil!”
He described Ninevah’s great power to destroy other nations, including the Lord’s permission for them to destroy Israel and Judah as judgment, then stated that they faced even worse punishment – for they had sinned far worse than those whom they conquered.
Nahum declared “The Lord is good – indeed, he is a fortress in time of distress, and he protects those who seek refuge in him. But with an overwhelming flood he will make a complete end of Nineveh; he will drive his enemies into darkness.”
Ninevah had a wonderful opportunity to start-over and to receive blessings from the Lord, but they instead returned to their pagan and violent ways of the past.
Why would the Ninevites have drifted backward?
When have you experienced, or observed, the giving of a second chance that was squandered due to a return to bad behavior?
Dear Lord, You offered Ninevah mercy through Jonah but they had forgotten You and returned to their evil ways, thus You judged them. Please reveal to me where I am backsliding some. I will repent and make the necessary adjustments to resist backsliding – including inviting a fellow Believer to hold me accountable and to pray in-agreement with me. Amen. dmc2016