By Mike Chaffin
King of Assyria, your shepherds slumber; your nobles lie down to rest. Your people are scattered on the mountains with no one to gather them.
Nothing can heal you; your wound is fatal. All who hear the news about you clap their hands at your fall, for who has not felt your endless cruelty? Nahum 3:18-19
A word of judgement. Jonah had preached to the Assyrians roughly one hundred years before Nahum’s prophesy. They repented, and God spared them. But since that generation passed the Assyrians returned to their cruel ways. Final judgement was coming.
Forty or so years after this prophesy Assyria is destroyed. Nineveh was so thoroughly wiped from the face of the earth that its ruins weren’t found until the 19th century.
What we know is God loves us and has no desire that anyone should die. His desire is that all will repent and turn and follow His Son, Jesus Christ. That is His mercy.
Furthermore, God is patient, but eventually, His judgement falls on the unrepentant. That is His justice.
Lastly, as we have learned, God never changes. Unrepentant people will not go unpunished. We have a choice to either follow God and His plan or reject the salvation He offers. Rejection leads to judgement. Acceptance gains His mercy.
Jesus taught us in the parable of the bridegroom (Matthew 25:1-13) that if we slumber and tarry in being prepared for His return, it is foolishness, and we too will face the judgment.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you that you have provided a way to life everlasting. Lead me in the way I should go and help me to not depart from it. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me of my unrighteousness. Lord, I praise you. In Jesus name, amen.