我们要带着对神的敬畏读这卷书。从人的角度，亚述人是导致北国以色列灭亡的主导力量（王下17:1-6）。但事实是耶和华把以色列从他的眼前除去，因为以色列人犯耶罗波安所犯的一切罪，总不离开（王下17:22-23）。神可以使用任何器皿，甚至像亚述和巴比伦这样的邪恶力量，来完成他的旨意。另一方面，如此邪恶的力量将无法逃脱神最终的公义审判。 “祸哉！这流人血的城，充满谎诈和强暴，抢夺的事总不止息”（鸿3:1），“我必将可憎污秽之物抛在你身上，辱没你，为众目所观” （3:6）。神的任何器皿都当恐惧战兢地服侍。
Revelation 13 [Read]
Nahum means compassion in Hebrew, but we see little compassion in the book of Nahum. In fact, the whole book is about condemnation and punishment of Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, the most formidable nation of Ancient Near East during the time of Nahum. So, how do we read a harsh book like this?
We read it with reverence to God. In man’s view, Assyria is the dominant force that ended the Northern Kingdom of Israel (2Ki 17:1-6). But the reality is that the LORD removed Israel from his presence, for they persisted in all the sins of Jeroboam and did not turn away from them (2Ki 17:22-23). God can use any instrument, even the evil power like Assyria and Babylon, to accomplish his will. On the other hand, such evil power will not escape from God’s ultimate justice. “Woe to the city of blood, full of lies, full of plunder, never without victims!” (Nah 3:1), and “I will pelt you with filth, and I will treat you with contempt and make you a spectacle” (3:6). Any instrument of God should serve with fear and trembling.
We read it with hope in God. Although the evil power is formidable, God can always turn the situation around when his people seek him with humility. King Hezekiah went to the LORD with prayer (2Ki 19:4), and the LORD saved the city of Jerusalem from siege (2Ki 19:35-36). David committed the heinous sin of despising the LORD (2Sam 12:10), but God took away his sin when he acknowledged his transgression and repented (2Sam 12:13). The promise of God is that “the LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him” (Nah 1:7). As long as we recognize and confess our sins against God, he is faithful and just and will forgive us with compassion. Our Lord is indeed a God of “Nahum”.
This is how we should read the book of Nahum. As we are about to sin, we need to remember the vengeance God has against all sinful acts. After we have committed sins, we need to cling to the hope that God is always ready to forgive those with a penitent heart. Such is the message of Nahum. In fact, this is also the message of all the prophets or even the whole Bible. Salvation comes from the LORD, and he will never abandon those who earnestly seek him.
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