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HOW IS JUDGMENT A COMFORT TO GOD'S PEOPLE?

SEP 17

Nahum 1:12-15
Memorise Nahum 1:15
"Though I have afflicted tee, I will afflict thee no more"

Whilst most of the prophecy was directed against the sins of Nahum and describing the judgment that would follow, there comes a small section at the end of chapter one that addresses afflicted Judah. As the Lord decrees that the Assyrians will be cut off, He turns to Judah and with a calm quite voice assures them “though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more” (Nahum 1:12). These were to them ‘good tidings’, and a message of peace (Nahum 1:15).

Up to the point of the prophecy, the Assyrians had seemed to be the unstoppable superpower of the region. They had conquered much of the known world, including Judah’s northern neighbour Israel. Her borders extended all the way south into Egypt, and Judah was but a tiny struggling island of independence in the midst of Assyrian domination and cruelty. Judah was frightened, oppressed and suffering. Therefore, when Nahum came to preach the message of judgment upon Assyria, it came as a great comfort to them. In fact, even the prophet’s name ‘Nahum’ means ‘consoler’ or ‘comforter’. It came as an assurance that God knew their situation, and knew of the wickedness that Assyria was doing. He promised “now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder” (Nahum 1:13). As a nation and people they will be wiped out, and their false gods cut off and destroyed.

Judah on the other hand, was to be obedient to God once again, to keep their feasts and perform their vows. They were to renew their allegiance to God, as they did in the time of King Hezekiah. They were to learn from the example of the Nineveh, of how the Lord does not tolerate sin, and would judge them harshly if they did.

The same assurance of God comes to us, that as His children, He will always watch over us and protect us. He may send trials and difficulties for a season, but these are done in love, to chastise us for sin or try our faith that we may grow in the Lord. But always remember that no matter what wicked and sinful things man may do to us, the Lord is the perfect judge who will always exercise His perfect justice.

Thought: "The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knwoeth them that trust in him." (Nahum 1:7)
Prayer: Lord may I be comforted by Thy strength and justice.