Nineveh, Part II: How Patient Should God Be?
The prophetic book of Nahum is essentially a sequel to the book of Jonah. Both focus on the people of Nineveh. Jonah proclaims doom and destruction on them. They have a change of heart (repent). And God relents.
A century or so later, they have forgotten all about that. This time Nahum proclaims doom and destruction. This time there is no change of heart; and history records that they are soon destroyed.
What did they do? Nahum simply pronounces that they are guilty (Nahum 1:3) and later shares some details:
- They plot evil against God (Nahum 1:11).
- They are vile (Nahum 1:14).
- They lie and steal (Nahum 3:1).
- They enslave nations (Nahum 3:4).
The city of Nineveh is given a second chance, but they miss it—and they pay a heavy price.
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