Nahum 3

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • 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 3

Overview

Woe to Nineveh.

Chapter three is continued oracle against Nineveh with detailed description. The destruction of the city caused by her exploitation, violence, and slaughtering others. The arrogant Assyria empire will pass away. She will fall because God is against her.

God condemned her capital city, Nineveh for treacherous and deceitful dealings with other nations. Such immorality was an offense to God and man, and will not go unpunished.

Nineveh is portrayed as a prostitute and her fate that of a disgrace woman. Like her, Assyria brought holy Israel and neighboring nations to idolatry against God. That was the judgement of God by destroying Assyria.

Prophet Nahum’s warnings are satirical, for Nineveh is already doomed to destruction (v.14-17). Those who suffered under Assyria’s cruelty will rejoice, including Judah for which Nahum prophesy for. However, his hearers, people of Israel, may catch a glimpse of their own guilt and impending judgement in these words, which plays a role for Israel to learn a lesson and gain wisdom by the follies of others.

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?  

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