The book of Nahum records the messages of the prophet Nahum. As with most prophets, Nahum’s message focuses on current events, but in this case for the people of Assyria.
The capital of Assyria was Nineveh, so we can read the prelude to this book in the book of Jonah.
Nahum, like Amos, addresses the faults of a foreign nation, Assyria. Assyria, was long an oppressor of Israel and Nahum predicts its destruction. There is no call to repentance — as is often seen with other prophets — just judgment.
From a literary standpoint, the book concludes with a masterful ode to the fall of Assyria (Nineveh).
Nahum is sometimes called a minor prophet. This doesn’t mean he wasn’t important, but merely that the book named after him is shorter. (Compare this to the major prophets, whose books are much longer.)
For the past several months, most of the A Bible A Day posts have been about the minor prophets. Recall that they are called “minor” not because their prophecy is insignificant, but because their books are short!
As I read the prophetic book of Nahum, I see a familiar sounding passage:
“Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace!” [Nahum 1:15a]
I find a similar text in Isaiah:
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace…” [Isaiah 52:7]
The book of Romans even quotes Isaiah:
“As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” [Romans 10:15]
But these are not what I am thinking of. Knowing that “good news” means “gospel,” I do some searching and find:
“Your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” [Ephesians 6:15]
I get excited when I see themes repeated throughout the Bible; it adds emphasis and reinforces the timelessness of the message.
The prophetic book of Nahum is essentially a sequel to the book of Jonah. Both focus on the people of Nineveh. Jonas 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: