The prophet Nahum is here burdened with a painful sentence. But while the judgments recorded were against old Nineveh,
Yet, these words are a very solemn revelation to us of the great and fearful God with whom sinners will have to deal with “And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:” (Rev.6:16).
The Lord is a Jealous God according to (v.2). Jealousy may be defined as an uneasy state of mind, under fear that another has engaged the affections of one you love “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” (Rev.2:4).
God is jealous of any contender for our affections and trust, “Love not the world, nor the things of the world,”
The world and self are His rivals. “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Mt.6:24).
The Lord’s Revenge is Furioue according to (v. 2). When God is for us His power is Almighty, ” And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.” (Ex.14:28).
When against us it is equally Almighty “Belshazzar, Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.” (Dan.5:27,31).
When He avengeth his adversaries and the wicked it will be with great fury (II.Thes1:8) tell us “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.:”
Verse (3.) tells us the Lord is Slow to Anger. He is not what we say of some people, “quiet tempered. ” All past
history is proof of this “Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.” (Mt.26:74).
In the days before the Flood God gave men 120 years to repent of there sin “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” (Gen. 6. 3).
The longsuffering and patiences of God is often misunderstand as utter indifference.
His anger comes slowly, His love comes quickly “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God” (I.Jh.3:1), “We love him, because he first loved us.” (I.Jh.4:19)
The Lord is Great in Power, and will not at all quiet the wicked” (v.3).How shall we escape if we neglect His great salvation,?” (Heb.2:3) Here is the answer. Not at all.
What a solemn and urgent truth this is for those who deny His love and ignore His offer of mercy in the
Gospel of His grace. “He that believeth not is condemned already” (John 3. 18). But the final execution of this sentence awaits the day of His great power, “Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.” (v. 6).
The Lord has His Way, In ‘the whirlwind, in the storm, the clouds, the rivers, the sea, and the fire (v.6).
We cannot imagine any of the natural forces he has created rebelling against His will ” But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” (Mt.8:27).
They are all weapons at His disposal. He has His way in them all.
We are assured that all things that are in the universe is under the Lord’s law.
The winds are in His hands, the clouds are the dust of His feet.
It is man and fallen angels who are the rebels. But “who shall stand before His indignation” (v. 6).
“The Lord is Good, a Strong Hold in the Day of Trouble”according to (v.7). The Lord is great in power, but also in goodness.
His goodness is a strong hold for us in the day of our trouble because of sin, or weakness, or failure “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psa. 46:1). “By grace are ye saved” according to (Eph. 2:8).
The Lord Knoweth Them that Trust in Him (v.7). We are known unto God, not by our wisdom, not by our many works, or popularity in the eyes of men, but by our trust in Him, “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” (Rev.2:2,4)
The Lord knoweth such, although the world knows nothing of them.Have faith in God, and rest assured that He knoweth them that trust in Him, and will surely satisfy them with His goodness. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him.