Nahum 1** This prophet denounces the certain and approachingdestruction of the Assyrian empire, particularly of Nineveh,which is described very minutely. Together with this isconsolation for his countrymen, encouraging them to trust inGod. * The justice and power of the Lord. (1-8) The overthrow of theAssyrians. (9-15)1-8 About a hundred years before, at Jonah's preaching, theNinevites repented, and were spared, yet, soon after, theybecame worse than ever. Nineveh knows not that God who contendswith her, but is told what a God he is. It is good for all tomix faith with what is here said concerning Him, which speaksgreat terror to the wicked, and comfort to believers. Let eachtake his portion from it: let sinners read it and tremble; andlet saints read it and triumph. The anger of the Lord iscontrasted with his goodness to his people. Perhaps they areobscure and little regarded in the world, but the Lord knowsthem. The Scripture character of Jehovah agrees not with theviews of proud reasoners. The God and Father of our Lord JesusChrist is slow to wrath and ready to forgive, but he will by nomeans acquit the wicked; and there is tribulation and anguishfor every soul that doeth evil: but who duly regards the powerof his wrath? 9-15 There is a great deal plotted against the Lord by thegates of hell, and against his kingdom in the world; but it willprove in vain. With some sinners God makes quick despatch; andone way or other, he will make an utter end of all his enemies.Though they are quiet, and many very secure, and not in fear,they shall be cut down as grass and corn, when the destroyingangel passes through. God would hereby work great deliverancefor his own people. But those who make themselves vile byscandalous sins, God will make vile by shameful punishments. Thetidings of this great deliverance shall be welcomed withabundant joy. These words are applied to the great redemptionwrought out by our Lord Jesus and the everlasting gospel, #Ro10:15|. Christ's ministers are messengers of good tidings, thatpreach peace by Jesus Christ. How welcome to those who see theirmisery and danger by sin! And the promise they made in the dayof trouble must be made good. Let us be thankful for God'sordinances, and gladly attend them. Let us look forward withcheerful hope to a world where the wicked never can enter, andsin and temptation will no more be known.
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