Todays Passages – Nahum 1 – 3 ; Proverbs 27
“What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.” – (Nahum 1:9)
The Book of Nahum is a unique portion of Scripture. It is written about the nation of Assyria whose capital was Ninevah. You will remember that Ninevah was the city that repented after the preaching of Jonah. Assyria was also the world empire that brought judgment to the northern kingdom of Israel in 722 B.C., taking them into captivity. Frankly, I am not sure of the exact context of the writing of Nahum, but I think it was written as a judgment against them for their treatment of Israel.
The thought that struck me from this passage this morning comes from Nahum 1:9. God asked them what they “imagined” against Him. This is an interesting phrase. It appeared that the Assyrians had a false notion about God. They didn’t have their facts straight, and it resulted in an “imagination” about God that was totally untrue. I guess they thought that the God of Israel was powerless to judge them for their rebellion against His Law. I find that this world that we live in today has a lot of false imaginations about God as well. Most of the world (and unfortunately many in the the churches) are Bible ignorant. When a person does not possess the Truth they tend to conjure up things that are false. I hear people all the time make statements about God that are totally unfounded, and even contrary to the Scriptures. They are imagining things because they do not know the Truth. The big problem with all of this ignarance is, however, that there is really no excuse for it, especially in America. We have more Bibles and churches here than anywhere else in the world. Ignorance of the Truth is a conscious choice, and is therefore inexcusable.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – (John 8:32)
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” – (2 Corinthians 10:5)
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