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NAHAM

Book Review   by:Ann Patterson     Original Authors: NAHAM; GOD; BIBLE (ANN PATTERSON)
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Naham The prophet tells that God reserves wrath for his enemies, rebukes the sea and dries up the earth and the world and all that dwell therein. Yet the Lord is also good and will pursue His enemies. There is one that comes forth will cause them to be cut down and God will save them from him and destroy the graven images. Then in the day of God’s preparation to do good to His people, Israelites, He will send strength and improved chariots and bless them. And they must take the gold and other treasures in lands where He sends them to conquer for Him. Naham, tells the people that their city does not please God and they will be slain and will stumble upon their corpses because of witchcraft. He will cast abominable filth upon them and that all who see Nineveh will turn away. (Before Naham, Jonah ministered to Nineveh at God’s command and the people returned to God, but that did not last very long.). Fear of God’s wrath should cause Nineveh to return to God’s fold once more. In fact, Nineveh fell in 612 B.C. Nineveh is a town exceeding 120,000 people. The 3rd verse of Naham’s prophecy is often quoted because it reminds that the Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and he adds, that He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished. In verse 7, he adds that the Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him.
Naham tells Nineveh how destructive their end will be when they will be overthrown. Reminding the city what they must do to avoid the prophesied destruction by the ‘evil one’, he says to celebrate their feasts as given them by God and pay their vows God. He says woe to the bloody city, completely full of lies and pillage whose prey never departs and the noise of both the whip and rattling of the wheel and galloping horses and bounding chariots, horsemen charging, swords flashing and spears gleaming. He tells them of many slain, a mass of corpses, countless dead bodies that they stumble over, ALL because of the many harlotries of the harlot, the charming one, the mistress of sorceries, and families of her sorceries. He reminds that the Lord of hosts is against Nineveh who will ‘lift your skirts over your face and show to the nations your wickedness and to the kingdoms your disgrace, set you as a spectacle; …where will I seek comfort for you.’
Published: April 02, 2007   
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