Pastor Tim Romero
Nahum 1:2–3 (ESV): "2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord is avenging and wrathful; the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies. 3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty."
When people refuse to repent God must act with justice. It is what makes Him a just and righteous God. He cannot look past our sins. He can forgive them and erase them but not without a proper heart position towards Him and His Son. He will pour out wrath on the unrepentant world for not turning towards Him and accepting His means of peace.
Nahum was a prophet who was sent to Nineveh one hundred years after Jonah. The people of Nineveh had grown hard towards the God of Israel and now refused to repent. Nineveh had conquered the Northern Kingdom in 722BC and would end up being toppled by the Babylonians in 612BC just a few years after Nahum preached to them.
God is a jealous God! He will avenge those who stand against His people but only because they are unwilling to repent. His wrath burns for those who practice sin. For the Christian, this should both comfort and convict us. Comfort us because God is jealous, meaning He will fight for our full heart and convict us because we see God's true feelings about sin and repentance. This should move us to live holy lives and offer up continual repentance while offering the escape from His judgment and wrath to the unredeemed. Your role in this world is serious Christian, take it as such! Amen?
Father, we thank You for the relentless pursuit of Your love for us. Forgive us for taking it for granted at times and living unrepentant lives off mission. Help us to have the compassion and drive You have to tell the whole world about Your Son and the forgiveness we can have through Him, in Jesus name we pray, amen!