Today's passage: Nahum 3
- The coming fall of Nineveh was portrayed poetically, as if from an eyewitness.
- The sins of Nineveh were compared to that of a prostitute who caused many (“Nations”) to fall. The “prostitute” would suffer her own humiliation (Which it should be counted, as humiliation, whenever anyone commits adultery) as the enemies come and expose the weakness of Nineveh in it's destruction. This is figurative language, the exposer will be exposed. The humiliator will be humiliated.
- No matter what Nineveh might have tried to do to strengthen it's defenses, they were going to be defeated. God's will would not be thwarted.
Questions to consider:
- Why wouldn't anyone grieve for Nineveh (Verse 7)? How had Nineveh treated the other nations in such a way that everyone else would celebrated her demise? What does selfishness and using others for personal gain result in?
- How did Christ do the opposite? What did the humiliation and crucifixion of Christ result in?
- How does the sacrificial love of Christ inform and equip us to live sacrificially loving lives?