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Nahum 1

Nah 1:1

See Lesson, Prophet, the.

See Lesson, Minor prophets, and their messages.

"These words were spoken to a very different Nineveh from the one to which Jonah went. It seems that their repentance did not last long... Commentators seem to think we are about 100 years on from Jonah. It is frightening to recognise how easy it is for man to turn from God within a generation or two. We should take heed, knowing that this too could happen to us. The only way this can be done is to pass down the truth of God firmly to those generations that follow. Each one of us can only influence our own time, but those following can affect the next short span, and so on. Let us be sure God's message does not get watered down so that it can be taken over so easily by man's lusts and desires" (PC).

Nah 1:3

SLOW TO ANGER, AND GREAT IN POWER: Slow to show anger, BECAUSE great in power. His power to judge is omnipotent, but His mercy is stronger! "He is truly great in power who hath power over himself. When God's power doth restrain Himself, then it is power indeed: the power that binds omnipotence is omnipotence surpassed. A man who has a strong mind can bear to be insulted long, and only resents the wrong when a sense of right demands his action. The weak mind is irritated at a little: the strong mind bears it like a rock which moveth not, though a thousand breakers dash upon it, and cast their pitiful malice in spray upon its summit. God marketh His enemies, and yet He bestirs not Himself, but holdeth in His anger. If He were less divine than He is, He would long ere this have sent forth the whole of His thunders, and emptied the arsenals of heaven; He would long ere this have blasted the earth... and man would have been utterly destroyed; but the greatness of his power brings us mercy" (CHS).

SLOW TO ANGER: As God is described in Exo 34:6,7: "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger..." This compassion extends to the Gentiles, as well as the Jews.

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