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The God of Nations (Nahum 3:1~11)
1 Woe to the city of blood, full of lies, full of plunder, never without victims!
2 The crack of whips, the clatter of wheels, galloping horses and jolting chariots!
3 Charging cavalry, flashing swords and glittering spears! Many casualties, piles of dead, bodies without number, people stumbling over the corpses --
4 all because of the wanton lust of a harlot, alluring, the mistress of sorceries, who enslaved nations by her prostitution and peoples by her witchcraft.
5 "I am against you," declares the LORD Almighty. "I will lift your skirts over your face. I will show the nations your nakedness and the kingdoms your shame.
6 I will pelt you with filth, I will treat you with contempt and make you a spectacle.
7 All who see you will flee from you and say, `Nineveh is in ruins -- who will mourn for her?' Where can I find anyone to comfort you?"
8 Are you better than Thebes, situated on the Nile, with water around her? The river was her defense, the waters her wall.
9 Cush and Egypt were her boundless strength; Put and Libya were among her allies.
10 Yet she was taken captive and went into exile. Her infants were dashed to pieces at the head of every street. Lots were cast for her nobles, and all her great men were put in chains.
11 You too will become drunk; you will go into hiding and seek refuge from the enemy.
Warning of Judgment (3:1–7)
Nahum prophesies that God will bring destruction to the people of Nineveh because of their unrepentant idolatry, witchcraft, and wickedness. The city will be brought to ruin and shame. Our God is patient and does not desire that anyone should perish, but He is also just and will one day judge all peoples. As believers, we do not have to fear God’s wrath because the blood of Christ covers our sin. We are free in Him, and we are called to tell others how they too can be reconciled to God and be saved from His wrath. We must pray that those who do not yet know God would learn to fear Him and walk in His ways so that they will reap blessings instead of destruction.
- Take some time to lift up your nation to God. Ask Him how you can pray specifically for the government, arts and entertainment industries, media, businesses, educational system, families, other believers, and the lost.
No Defense (3:8–11)
In this passage, we see that those who oppose the LORD will be brought low. No defense is strong enough to stand against the LORD Almighty. There are people today who, like the Ninevites, seek to terrorize and kill God’s people. While we may be tempted to wish that God would destroy the wicked, Jesus shows us a different way and instructs us to pray for our enemies. Because we know our God is mighty and will have the ultimate victory over all darkness, we are to earnestly pray that He would mercifully reveal Himself to those who are blinded by deception and hatred. Out of an overflow of the love we receive from Him, we can love our enemies and intercede for them with compassion so that they do not suffer the same fate as Nineveh.
- Think of a group or nation that has hurt your nation in the past. Ask God to bless that group or nation and reveal Himself to them so that they too may worship the one true God.
A letter to God
Lord Jesus, thank you that You are sovereign over all nations. Thank you that every person in the world will one day bow before You. Please turn the hearts of the people in my nation back to You that we might bring You praise and honor. In Your name. Amen.
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