Somewhere about this time the prophet Nahum was called to speak for the Lord: we will read his declaration against Assyria.
He loves his people too well to see them trampled upon and not avenge their wrongs. Assyria had carried away the ten tribes, and now threatened Judah, and therefore God in love to his people interposed;
He had borne patiently with the insolence of Sennacherib, but he was not insensible, and would ere long pour out his indignation.
Nahum 1:3, 4
His longsuffering is often misunderstood, and the wicked dream that their crimes are overlooked, but they will speedily be undeceived.
Nahum 1:3, 4
Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.
He can withhold the clouds, and then the most fruitful lands will be barren with drought.
Nahum 1:5, 6
Lightning and earthquake are his servants, and none can stand against them.
This is a note of soft, sweet music, amid the thunder of divine power, falling most refreshingly upon the ear of faith.
His one stroke would be enough to break Assyria once for all.
While gathered together as thorns in a heap, a single flame from heaven would be enough to consume them.
Sennacherib is here described and denounced.
Nahum 1:12, 13
In one night the deed was done, and Judah was delivered. Therefore the Lord says to his people:
As for the foe, he declares—
Once had Nineveh been warned, and it for a while repented; but since it had returned to its old ways its doom was sealed, and as a city it would soon be dead and buried. Let travellers tell how fully this threatening has been fulfilled.
Joyful obedience was required of Judah on account of such a deliverance. We have been set free from a worse tyrant than Sennacherib, therefore let us rejoice in the Lord our God, and magnify his Son Jesus, the angel which redeemed us out of all evil.
Sinners, with joy look up!
The herald’s feet appear;
He comes from Zion’s sacred top,
The end of war and sin,
In Christ, your peace, obtain:
And when his kingdom reigns within,
It shall for ever reign.