September 26, 2021
Daily Reading: Nahum 1-3
The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
About 150 years after Jonah’s revival in Nineveh, Nahum prophesied its complete and utter destruction. About 20 years after Nahum’s prophecy was given, it happened. Founded by Nimrod shortly after the great flood, Nineveh was once a world power as the principal city of the Assyrians, who of course were great enemies of Israel.
In Nahum 2:6 God’s Word through the prophet declared: The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved. This happened when the Babylonians and Medes besieged Nineveh for over two years. A sudden rise of the river washed away part of the walls protecting this fortified city allowing the conquering armies access leading to a bloody massacre (2:3-4, 3:1-7).
In the midst of Nahum’s prophecy of doom there is a golden promise. The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. When reading this prophecy, the mind cannot help but wonder, was the prophet, in this one simple, wonderful verse, giving the Assyrians a way of escape? After all, 150 years earlier Jonah pronounced judgment upon this city, but it was spared because they believed the preaching of Jonah and turned to the Lord God. The answer to this question we will never know.
But we do know this. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:3-4 After all The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. Always has been always will.
Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.