Sunday, October 27, 2019

Nahum 2 & 3

Today's reading in our daily plan is Nahum 2 & 3. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • In these two chapters, God uses Nahum to delcare vivid and violent warnings about how the city of Nineveh will fall. He goes so far as to call Nineveh "the city of murder and lies" (3:1).
  • At the time, Nineveh was the captial of the Assyrian empire. It was a critical hub of commerce, education, and government.
  • Comparisons are made to cities like Judah (2:2) and Thebes (3:8). Judah was a major city that was destroyed and rebuilt; Thebes was invaded and never recovered. Nahum warns that Nineveh will suffer as Thebes did. 
  • Nineveh was ultimately destroyed by a fire in the year 625 BC. 
  • This blow to a stronghold of the Assyrian empire was actually a good thing for followers of God. The Assyrians had been one of the biggest antagonists to the Israelites.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God had previously sent other prophets, such as Jonah, to warn Nineveh. They had plenty of time to change their ways and turn to God, but they never did.
  • If we're not careful, we can ignore the advise of wise, God-loving people in our lives.
  • We need to always be seeking guidance from people who are wiser and more spiritually mature than us. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Who is a Christ-follower in your life that you look up to? Text or call them today to set up a time to chat; maybe take them to coffee or lunch. Tell them about a situation you're dealing with, and ask, "What would you do if you were me?"
  • Another question you can ask is, "Do you see any part of my life that doesn't appear to be fully committed to God?" 
  • When we seek these "warnings" from people who care about us, we can avoid bringing destruction on ourselves. This makes it easier to experience the full, adventurous life God wants us to live.
Here's a helpful video from a great resource called BibleProject that reviews and summarizes the entire book of Nahum: