This is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International with The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #633, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary or Matthew Henry Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.
Today we are reading Nahum 1:3-5.
3 The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.
5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.
That was Nahum 1:3-5. Now here is the sense of it.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:
Though God takes vengeance on His enemies, He is slow to anger, that is, He withholds His judgment for a long time. Such “length of anger” accounts for the apparent delay, from Judah’s perspective, which allowed Assyria to act in such lustful freedom. But this does not suggest that God is weak. He is long-suffering and patient because of His desire that people repent. This was exhibited in His sending Jonah to Nineveh, about 100 years before Nahum prophesied. Also the Lord is great in power. Though He may prolong His mercy, His omnipotence remains. The word for power is kōaḥ, which suggests the ability to endure or the capacity to produce, and from there comes the idea of the ability to cope with situations. That ability is seen in God’s acts of judgment. For, the prophet added, He will not leave the guilty unpunished. He would serve as the Ninevites’ Judge because of their guilt. He would not treat them as if they were innocent. Though the Ninevites had repented under Jonah’s preaching, the city had gone into iniquity again, and therefore would not escape His wrath. The greatness of God’s power is evident in His control over nature. Because He is powerful over inanimate nature, He certainly would be able to cope with and judge Nineveh. He causes the whirlwind and the threatening storm, two awesome and often destructive forces of nature. In His dealings with Nineveh, He would be as destructive as a devastating whirlwind and storm. He is so great that the clouds are like dust under His feet. “His strides cover the vast areas of extenuated clouds. His movements are marked by the darkening of the heavens as the whirlwind sweeps and the tempest howls.” In His power He merely speaks (rebukes) the sea, and the rivers dry up. This refers to His delivering Israel from Egyptian bondage. Since He could defeat Egypt in that way, certainly He is powerful enough to destroy Nineveh. Bashan, a region east of the Sea of Kinnereth (Galilee), Carmel, a mountain range near present-day Haifa, and Lebanon, north of Israel, were fertile areas. God’s ability to dry up verdant areas shows He could judge Nineveh. Even the mountains, symbolic of stability, shake under His power, as did Mount Sinai and the hills melt. Even the entire earth and its people, including the Ninevites, will tremble before His awesome power.
Thank you for listening to the Scripture & The Sense Podcast. Remember to read the Word of God each and every day and pray without ceasing to God for wisdom to understand it and apply it to your life. Most importantly, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Please stay tuned for a complete presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can get your soul saved from Hell to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 18:8: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
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