Nahum 1: God’s Answer to Injustice
By: Madyson Elmore
Nahum 1:2 “God is serious business. He won’t be trifled with…” (The Message) and He sent Nahum to prove it!
Nahum wrote this as a poem. Chapter one was written to share God’s majesty and might. He wrote chapter two & three to share details about what happened in Nineveh.
Nahum was sent as a prophet, around 612 BC, to Nineveh to warn them that they would soon be destroyed. Just like Jonah, and later Zephaniah, he was to tell them that their sins against God had continued on for too long.
Nineveh was known for its wealth, but the Bible emphasizes their problem with prostitution. God was not pleased with the way the people of Nineveh were acting. Jonah, reluctantly, had already been sent to Nineveh to warn them. They had changed their ways for the time being. Later, they returned to their old ways and God was not happy. Nahum 1:7-8 The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of Nineveh (NIV). God is a loving and caring God, but He had to put His foot down when He saw the things that were happening in Nineveh.
Nahum’s prophecy was fulfilled about 10-15 years later. Nineveh went up in flames just like he had prophesied. Verse 3 says that Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished… it’s safe to say He’s serious.