Nahum “Our God is a jealous God”

Aug 27 2018

Our God is a jealous God

When was the last time you heard a message taught out of the book of Nahum? A great many Christians couldn’t tell you a thing about the book. You see, Nahum doesn’t write to Israel but too the capital of Assyria, Nineveh on pending judgment and doom. Now you may be thinking: “Hey, wait a minute, I thought Jonah went to Nineveh and the whole city repented?” Well they did but that was close 150 years earlier and the Ninevehites had been back up to their old ways for better than 50 years and in fact they had become even worse.

The book starts with this simple introduction in 1:1 “The burden against Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.” This is the only info we are given of Nahum, his location as he is called an “Elkoshite”. Though we can’t be certain about the location it is interesting to note that Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee means “City of Nahum” which would make his home area similar to that of Jonah’s right in the area of first invasion from the people of Nineveh.

Nahum makes a very important point as to then nature of God in 1:2-3 saying, “God is jealous, and the Lord avenges; the Lord avenges and is furious. The Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserves wrath for His enemies; the Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked.” God is not jealous of us, He is jealous for us and as such His jealousy will come forth even though He is “slow to anger and great in power.” People really struggle with this concept of God’s jealousy; Oprah said during one of her shows; “I was raised a Baptist and we were too hung up on traditional ways. I was sitting in church and heard that God is a jealous God. I asked 'Why?' Come on-let's get over it!” It’s apparent that she related God’s “jealousy” in human terms making God to be insecure. Think of it in terms of a doctor who is jealous of cancer in a patient he isn’t jealous of the cancer, he doesn’t wish he had it himself! No his jealousy brings him to action against the cancer as He realizes its potential to destroy the person so prescribes actions that though may be painful are designed to eradicate the cancer from the person he cares about. Nahum says in 1:7-8 “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him. But with an overflowing flood He will make an utter end of its place, and darkness will pursue His enemies.” That reminds me of Hebrews 10:31 where we read that, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” This should cause us to heed the words of Isaiah found in 55:6 where he says that we ought to “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!