This is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International with The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #629, 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 1:1.
1 The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
That was Nahum 1:1. Now here is the sense of it.
The FaithLife Study Bible reads:
The book of Nahum is a collection of prophetic oracles that proclaim the fall of Nineveh, a prominent city of the Assyrian Empire. Nahum poetically portrays Nineveh’s demise at the hands of the Babylonians. To do so, he employs images that are common in the Prophetic Books, such as devouring lions, shameless prostitutes, and swarming locusts. The book begins by describing its contents as an oracle concerning Nineveh—one that was received in a vision by Nahum of El-kosh. The name “Nahum” comes from the Hebrew verb meaning “comfort.” El-kosh, Nahum’s hometown, is not mentioned anywhere else in the Old Testament. However, Nahum was probably from Judah. Nineveh was one of the most prominent cities of the Assyrian Empire, which was renowned in the ancient world for its cruelty. The Old Testament records the Assyrians destroying and displacing the northern kingdom of Israel and repeatedly threatening the southern kingdom of Judah. The book of Jonah records an earlier time when the people of Nineveh expressed repentance, though it appears that this attitude of contrition was long gone by Nahum’s time. The text of Nahum most likely was written soon after 663 bc, when the Egyptian city of Thebes (theebz) fell to the Assyrian king A-shur-ban-i-pal. The prophet uses this event as an example of the destruction coming to Nineveh. After A-shur-ban-i-pal’s death in 627 bc, Assyria was weakened by a series of internal struggles. At the same time, Babylon grew stronger. In 612 bc Nineveh was conquered by a coalition of Babylonians and Medes (meedz). The weakened Assyrians then moved their capital to Har-ran. Eventually they allied with Egypt, and the Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar defeated them again at the Battle of Carchemish (kar-ke-mish) in 605 bc. After this final defeat, they faded from the world stage. Within this turbulent context, Nahum delivers a message of justice.
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.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
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God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.