- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Nahum 1
The Lord’s anger against Nineveh.
The book of Nahum is brief, with single theme of divine oracle against the city of Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, and its destruction. The author of this book is Nahum, means consolation. The date of this book is vary by biblical scholars, but it must have been written between 612 BC and 612 BC when Nineveh was fell by a coalition of Babylonians and Medes. Prophet Nahum probably prophesized in Judah around 612 BC and the book must have been written soon after.
The theme of the book of Nahum is the destruction of the hated enemy Assyria, symbolized by its capital city, Nineveh. However, it reveals a subtle message that Nineveh’s fate might be Judah’s if the people of Judah do not repent and turn away from sin and to God.
The people in the city of Nineveh repented their sin when Jonah prophesized, and God saved them from judgement (Jonah 3:9-10). But they plotted evil against God again (1:11), and God will bring destruction upon them.
The oracle against Nineveh, its destruction, might bring good news to Judah( v.15), because God destroyed Judah’s wicked invader.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?